Sociology is the study of people and their role in contemporary culture. It examines how an individual’s experience can be shaped by factors such as wealth, gender and ethnicity. Sociology allows students to see their world in a different way and to challenge taken for granted assumptions about the way we live considering questions like; how does social media shape our identity? And why are subcultures formed?

Key Staff

Mrs R Hume - Head of Department
Miss H Duncan - 
Miss I Thompson


Curriculum Intent

We teach Sociology to question the society we live in, from the impact the media to the social structures which determine how we live our lives.



Sociology aims to inspire learners understanding and critical awareness of the social world around them. The specification focuses on the importance of social structure in explaining social issues.

Learners will be encouraged to explore and debate contemporary social issues to enable them to challenge taken-for-granted assumptions and to question their everyday understanding of social phenomena. By following this course, learners will develop their own sociological awareness through active engagement with the contemporary social world.

Sociology will develop learners' ability to think sociologically in relation to their experience of the social world around them so that they are able to play a positive, active and informed role in society.

Component 1: Understanding Social Processes

Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes 50% of qualification
100 marks

This component focuses on the themes of socialisation, identity and culture. Learners study the key concepts and processes of cultural transmission, including socialisation and the acquisition of identity, and develop these through detailed study of families and education.

Component 2: Understanding Social Structures
Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes 50% of qualification
100 marks

The focus in this component is on social differentiation, power and stratification. This includes the theme of power, issues of social order and social control, studied through crime and deviance. Learners also study applied methods of sociological enquiry.

Year 10 Curriculum Assessment Plan

Year 11 Curriculum Assessment Plan

A-Level: OCR

Sociology asks lots of questions about the relationships between groups of people within society and explores issues of identity, inequality and power. This subject will allow you to see your social world in a different way and question the taken for granted assumptions about the way society lives. You will improve your skills in research, analysis and critical reasoning. Sociology primarily is the study of society and looks at how everyday experiences shape our lives. In particular, we will study patterns of behaviour within social groups and the impact of class, gender, ethnicity and age on social relationships.

The focus of the course will be the UK, but references will be made to other cultures as well. The first year of the course includes Socialisation and Culture and Identity, asking questions such as: How are cultures formed? How do we learn our identities from the environment around us? The second-year builds on this and considers researching social inequalities and debates in society through topics such as education and global digital media.

What will the lessons be like? You will be involved in many different activities such as being asked to give your thoughts on the issues through debates and discussions. In addition, to reading and note taking there will be opportunities to watch documentaries and answer questions on topical issues and examine studies performed by social researchers to draw out strengths and weaknesses in their approach.

Assessment for A-Level is in the form of three 2 hour final exams taken at the end of the second year of the course:

Component 1: Socialisation, culture and identity
90 Marks
1 hour 30 minutes written paper
Option: Media
30% of total A-Level

Component 2: Researching and understanding social inequalities
105 Marks
2 hours 15 minutes written paper
35% of total A-Level

Component 3: Debates in contemporary society
105 Marks
2 hours 15 minutes written paper
Option: Education
35% of total A-Level

After the course, many of our Sociology students go on to take degrees in Sociology or a related field such as Anthropology, Criminology or Education. It is a valuable subject for all types of work which involve an understanding of people and social relationships or the use of problem-solving and analytical skills. Common career pathways taken by Sociology graduates include journalism, law, PR, marketing, social research, politics, charity (NGO), development work, teaching, social work and nursing.

Year 12 Curriculum Assessment Plan

Year 13 Curriculum Assessment Plan

For further information regarding our Social Sciences Curriculum please contact:
Mrs Hume