The aims of the course are to stimulate interest in the study of Sociology; to gain knowledge of theories that explain society in various ways and apply it to the real world. Students have the opportunity to become independent thinkers, develop a range of knowledge and skills, including literacy, numeracy, evaluation and application; skills valued by higher education (HE) and employers. It explores a variety of topics, ranging from crime to religion, from the family to the state, to divisions of race and social class. Furthermore, the Research methods in context Unit encourages an active involvement with the research process.
It is exciting, interesting and relevant to their lives. They build on skills developed in the sciences and humanities, and enable progression into a wide range of other subjects; for instance the impact of feminism throughout history and the changing influence of religion and beliefs in today.
The Sociology curriculum is ambitious for all students, it covers the WJEC/ EDUQAS curriculum in breath and ambition. At GCSE level all students study: Social processes of cultural transmission, Families, research methods, Education, Crime and Deviance and Social inequality and stratification. WJEC/EDUQAS specification encourage learners explore and debate contemporary social issues to
enable them to challenge taken-for-granted assumptions in a way that is accessible to mixed ability students. All Year 10 students study a foundation unit during the autumn term which develops their understanding about sociological theories and key concepts so that they are ready to fully undertake the course. Research Methods is taught last because it is synoptic in nature and best suited when students have studied the range of different topics first. By applying Research Methods to different contexts throughout the course it allows students to revise on prior knowledge from years 9 and 10. All students are able to select to study Sociology as part of the GCSE offer.
At A Level year 12 students spend 2 weeks covering a mini unit which covers a wide breadth of topics and introduces students to sociological theories and concepts. They will then begin to study Education, theory & Research Methods and families and households. Year 13 students study Beliefs in Society, Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods. The curriculum has been coherently planned and sequenced so that students build on prior knowledge. AQA exam board has been chosen at A Level as it provides a comprehensive range of support and resources including past papers, mark schemes and examiners’ reports; all invaluable for both student and teacher within the subject.