Linear GCSE. Unit 1 taught in Year 10, Unit 2 taught in year 11; each unit is comprised of three topics of study. Each unit is assessed with a 90 minute, externally marked exam, both exams take place at the end of year 11.
Sociology is the study of society. It is concerned with answering big questions about society, such as, ‘why are there fewer women in positions of power when girls do better in their exams than boys?’ or, ‘Why do some people break the law and get away with it, whereas others go to jail?’ GCSE Sociology is a thought provoking course.
It is taught in mixed gender and mixed ability classes. No prior knowledge of the subject is necessary as the first topic of learning is an introduction to Sociology, which includes research methods and pupils conduct a mini research project when studying this topic.
The other two topics in Unit 1 are Families and Education, where students engage with recent historical issues concerning the family and the education system in Britain, though the main focus is on contemporary issues concerning each institution.
In Unit 2, pupils Study Mass Media, Crime and Deviance and Social Inequality. Sociology lessons involve a lot of discussion and debate, though assessment is based 100% on written tasks in formal exams; there is no coursework.
Pupils develop analytical and evaluative essay writing skills, as well as the ability to interpret meaning from sources, such as official statistics.
Linear A Level, SCLY1 & SCLY2 taught in Year 12, SCLY3 & SCLY4 taught in Year 13. All exams, four in total, to be taken at the end of Year 13.
A Level Sociology is a lively, challenging course which covers a large range of contemporary social issues. Lessons are designed around a lecture/seminar format; pupils are encouraged to share their ideas, to question their learning and to write essays which display a high level of engagement with the course. As with the GCSE, no prior knowledge of Sociology is necessary. SCLY1 begins with an introduction to Sociology, before moving into the Culture and Identities unit. After the Xmas break, pupils begin studying Education with Research Methods.
In Year 13, pupils study Crime and Deviance with Research Methods, and Beliefs in Society. Our graduates have gone on to study Sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University, Leeds and Bristol, among other excellent universities in the UK.
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