Sociology & POLITICS
Curriculum Leader: Miss C. Bishop
HEAD OF SOCIOLOGY: MISS A WILLIAMS
We are very excited to now offer Sociology at GCSE and A Level. Sociology is the ‘science of society’ and so the two courses allow pupils to learn about British society and how it operates in key areas such as families, crime and education. Studying sociology also supports students’ ability to use research methods and understand data.
Key Stage 4
The GCSE Sociology allows pupils to explore the world around them, understand how society is formed and explain the way in which large groups of people support shared values and goals. The GCSE will cover the following topics:
- Sociological research methods
- The Sociology of Families
- The Sociology of Education
- Social Stratification
- The Sociology of Crime and Deviance
Key Stage 5
A Level sociology allows students to develop their knowledge of these topics and apply sociological theory in a way that is impressive to universities and teaches skills that can be used in a variety of different careers. The debates at A Level are very exciting as we explore the inequalities in our society. The topics we explore are similar to GCSE, but at more depth and with the addition of Media and Society.
Politics A Level has been introduced to provide pupils with the opportunity to understand the way in which the political world works, explore philosophical perspectives and compare the UK system with the world around them. This subject is very debate based and would use pupils who enjoy sharing their ideas! The topics we cover are:
- UK Politics
- UK Government
- Political Thought
- Comparative Politics: The UK and the USA
Politics is an exciting A Level as it adapts to the world around us and pupils can use current examples to support their ideas. As such, pupils reading and watching the new regularly is essential.