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Subject - Sociology



The function of sociology, as of every science, is to reveal that which is hidden - Pierre Bourdieu

Curriculum Intent

Our Curriculum intent for Sociology is to enable pupils to understand the structure of society, and connections and patterns in human behaviour.  The GCSE and A level course is designed to give pupils the opportunity to focus on their own experience of the social world, whilst encouraging them to build on this knowledge by analysing and reflecting on different aspects of society.  

As Sociology is studied at KS4 and KS5, it requires deeper level thinking and questioning from pupils in order to fully engage with the multifaceted and thought-provoking topics. Pupils are required to develop a good knowledge and understanding on:  

  • Introduction to Sociology 
  • Families 
  • Education 
  • Crime and deviance 
  • Social Stratification 
  • Beliefs 
  • Research Methods and application

Cross Curriculum and Skills

Sociology can help unavoidably in solving the social problems and provide solutions to the existing problems in a society. It allows pupils to reflect on modern social situations and their complexities. Within the local community, there are a variety of direct example that pupils can use to develop relevant examples and knowledge. For example, pupils can use the theories and explanations of the causes of crime and apply their knowledge to the rising rate of crime in the local community. Sociology allows pupils to develop critical thinking skills that can be applied to all subjects.  

History – Crime and Punishment and key theorists 

Citizenship – Human rights 

Literacy - Reading, Writing, Diction, Spelling 

English – Role of the media 

RS – Beliefs 

Government and Politics – Political values and ideologies

Curriculum Details

Curriculum and Assessment Map Years 7-11

Sociology Learning Journey

Sociology Curriculum Summary


Revision Resources and Curriculum Journey

Key Stage 4

Grade 9-1 GCSE Sociology AQA All-in-One Complete Revision and Practice (ISBN: 978-0-00-822745-6) 

AQA GCSE (9-1) Sociology - AQA GCSE 9-1 Sociology Exam Practice Papers (ISBN: 978-0-00-826476-5)

Key Stage 5

AQA A Level Sociology Book One Including AS Level: Book one (ISBN: 978-0954007911)

AQA A Level Sociology Book Two: Book two (ISBN: 978-0954007928) 

Useful websites:

Revise Sociology

Sociology Central

Study Wise

Homework and Home Learning

Homework develops independent study and enables students to become life-long learners.  We use an online tool to help you keep track of your child's homework.  Show My Homework will allow parents to see the details of the tasks your child has been set, all their deadlines and their submission status.

In Sociology,  we set homework regularly and below have given some examples of topics set.  

KS4 – Exam Question - “Discuss how far sociologists agree that the marriage is declining in society”. (12 marks) 

Research two wealthy families in the UK. Use the Marxist and Functionalist perspective of the family, to analyse both families.  

KS5 – Outline and explain two criticisms of the claim that sociologists can keep values out of their research (10 marks) 

Complete independent Napier Press research activities

Knights Shield

The Knights Shield is a scheme which values and recognises all of the extracurricular and enrichment opportunities that Knights Academy pupils participate in.

Sociology offer pupils opportunities to fulfil the Knights Shield throughout our curriculum. Some examples are listed below: 

Curriculum – Open your mind club to consolidate learning 

Creativity – Conducting sociological research    

Community – Social action projects 

Competencies – Debating social issues i.e gender pay gap 

Cultural – Educational visits to Royal Courts of Justice and the National Justice Museum

Why Study Sociology at GCSE and A' Level?

The skills developed whilst studying sociology are applicable to many areas of work. It allows pupils to develop teamwork, self-dependence and autonomy skills. Studying sociology will enhance pupils' abilities to be an active and informed citizen, able to influence societal choices and policies. Sociology teaches pupils to consider what they know and do not yet know. Sociology teaches pupils to consider the way they think. It supports pupils in increasing their willingness and ability to try to see the world from other people’s perspectives. All of these skills are vital for any  future career paths. 

 Careers and Opportunities

Below are some examples of careers that Sociology can help you enter: 
  • Journalism 
  • Law 
  • Health and Social care 
  • Probation work 
  • Human Resources 
  • Management  
  • Media 
  • Journalism 
  • Public relations 
  • Recruitment  
  • Education