Sociology

Sociology develops the students understanding of human behaviour and the society in which they live. As such it is a fascinating and relevant subject to all who choose to study it. Sociology is offered at GCSE and A Level and the courses are delivered by skilled and experienced staff.

Meet the Staff

  • Mr M. Wildman (Subject Leader)
  • Ms C. Chapman (Deputy Head)
  • Mrs J. Kinder (KS5 Senior Leader)
  • Mrs A. Rehman
  • Mr P. Smith

Our aims

There are six main aims of teaching Sociology at Gateacre Community Comprehensive School:

  • to develop an understanding of individuals, groups, institutions and societies.
  • to develop an understanding of how societies form and function.
  • to acquire, select, handle and analyse information (making use of ICT where appropriate) and to base judgements and arguments on evidence
  • to help prepare the students to be a positive influence in the places in which they live and work
  • to help address the needs and concerns of young people and provide them with the knowledge and skills to become active members in the decision-making processes of the society in which they live
  • to affirm, develop and challenge the abilities of the students, irrespective of the ability level, by introducing them to sociological terms and concepts

Other objectives follow:

  • to arouse interest in sociological terms and concepts
  • to contribute to the students' knowledge and understanding of other countries and cultures
  • to help the students understand human behaviour
  • to enrich other areas of the curriculum
  • to develop the students Personal, Learning & Thinking skills
  • to prepare the students for adult life

Schemes’ of Work

The schemes’ of work for the Department provide a structure for our students learning. The schemes’ of work are constructed to ensure that the student’s learning experience follows a logical progression throughout the course. Students will develop a natural understanding of how their communities and societies function, as well as how they can contribute to them. Through Sociology students will come to understand what it means to be a British citizen, but equally would be given the opportunity to empathise with and consider ways of life from outside our own culture. Opportunities are written into all schemes of work for students to develop their ITC, Literacy and Numeracy skills. All learning styles are catered for within the department’s schemes’ of work. An example of the Key Stage Four scheme of work is tabled below:

KS4Y10Y11
Term 1 Families & Households Crime & Deviance
Term 2 Education Inequality in Society
Term 3 Studying Society The Mass Media

GCSE

Students follow the AQA syllabus. There are two exams, each worth 50% of the marks. The first exam is taken at the end of Year 10, the second at the end of Year 11. The marks awarded in each of the two exams are combined to give the overall GCSE grade. An outline of the topics studied can be found in the table above.

A Level

Students follow the AQA syllabus. In Year 12 students study two units at AS level (Families & Households; Education with Research Methods). The exam for the Families & Households unit takes place in January, while the unit on Education with Research methods is assessed in June. In Year 13 students study a further two units (Beliefs in Society; Crime and Deviance with Sociological Theory), with the Beliefs in Society unit being taken in January, before the final exam on Crime & Deviance with Sociological Theory taking place in June.

Homework

Students are provided with homework on a weekly basis.
Y10 and Y11 complete one homework per week lasting approximately one hour
Y12 and Y13 complete one homework per week lasting approximately two hours

Extra Curricular Activities

  • GCSE Sociology Club
  • Residential revision weekends
  • Serial Killers Sixth Form Enrichment
  • Visits from former students
  • Competitions

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