GCSE Sociology helps students to gain knowledge and understanding of key social structures, processes and issues through the study of families, education, crime and deviance and social stratification. Students are encouraged to develop their analytical, assimilation and communication skills by comparing and contrasting perspectives on a variety of social issues, constructing reasoned arguments, making substantiated judgements and drawing reasoned conclusions. By studying sociology, students will develop transferable skills including how to:

  • investigate facts and make deductions
  • develop opinions and new ideas on social issues
  • analyse and better understand the social world.

Sociology is an exciting, illuminating and highly relevant field of study that analyzes and explains important matters in our personal lives, our communities, and the world. Pupils are ignited and enthused by the subject because it’s relevant to them – they are living it!


Miss McKevitt – Teacher of Humanities

In year 9 all pupils have the opportunity to opt to study AQA Sociology GCSE in KS4.

The following units are studied at KS4.

Pupils have 2 lessons per week in year 10 and 3 lessons per week in year 11.


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 10

Introduction to Sociology / Research Methods

Resarch Methods / The Sociology of Families

The Sociology of Education

Year 11

The Sociology of Education / The Sociology of Crime and Deviance

The Sociology of Crime and Deviance / Revision


Extra-curricular activities and visits:

Plans are in place for a visit to a local prison to embed crime and deviance learning, and to Runshaw College for stretch and challenge activities. Firm links have been established with Runshaw College and Year 11 revision sessions, delivered by Runshaw lecturers, also take place at February half term and Easter.