Sociology

Subject Overview

Sociology is taught at GCSE level and is an excellent subject for developing critical and evaluative thinking in students. Sociology empowers students in encouraging them to question why society is as it is, and how and why it has changed over time. Sociology focuses on diversity and inequalities in society - specifically gender, class, age and ethnicity - broadening students' knowledge of the wider world and how the structure and routines of society can benefit some and hinder others.

As a subject it is highly complementary to other Humanities subjects, English and Media Studies as well as A Level Subjects such as Psychology.

“Everything is interesting because it is always relevant to you.”

“If you want to do things like Psychology when you’re at college it’s a great starting point.”

“The thing I have found most interesting is the crime module. I liked learning about crime statistics and why people commit crimes.”

Teaching and Learning

KS4 Course(s) Offered

Year 9

  • Terms 1 and 2
  • Sociology Basics
  • What is Sociology?
  • How do we study Sociology?
  • How are we socialised?
  • What makes up our identity?
  • What is culture and how does it differ between cultures?
  • Research methods
  • Types of research methods and their strengths and weaknesses
  • How to conduct research
  • Types of sample
  • Ethical issues
  • Different types of data
  • Primary and secondary research
  • Terms 3 and 4
  • Social class mini module
  • What is social class?
  • How is social class different from other forms of stratification?
  • How has social class changed over time?
  • Does social class matter?
  • What is social mobility?
  • Poverty mini module
  • How do we define poverty in society today?
  • What are the facts and statistics on poverty?
  • How does poverty affect life chances?
  • How are the poor represented in the media today?
  • Terms 5 and 6
  • Research project – Students undertake a mini research task on a topic of their choice and complete a project which includes the following:
  • Hypothesis
  • Aims
  • Secondary research
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Evaluation
  • Conclusion
  • Families and Households
  • Family and identity
  • Functions of the family
  • The family and socialisation
  • Traditional definitions of the family
  • How the family has changed over time
  • How family relationships have changed, including the ‘dark side’ of the family
  • Year 10

  • Terms 1 and 2
  • Crime and Deviance:
  • What is crime and what is deviance?
  • Agents of social control
  • Solutions to crime
  • How crime is measured
  • Patterns of crime
  • Explanations of crime patterns – gender, class, age and ethnicity
  • Education
  • The role of education in socialisation and identity
  • The functions of education
  • The hidden curriculum
  • Alternatives to schooling
  • Educational changes and their effects
  • Patterns and trends in educational achievement – gender, class, age and ethnicity
  • Terms 3 and 4
  • Mass Media
  • The role of the media in socialisation and identity
  • Types of mass media and changes – convergence, interactivity, intertextuality, globalisation, ownership and control
  • The content of the mass media and what affects it
  • Gender representations in the media
  • The relationship between audience and media – media effects models and moral panics
  • The role of the media in socialisation and identity
  • Types of mass media and changes – convergence, interactivity, intertextuality, globalisation, ownership and control
  • The content of the mass media and what affects it
  • Gender representations in the media
  • The relationship between audience and media – media effects models and moral panics
  • Terms 5 and 6
  • Revision for end of year mock
  • Focus on exam practice
  • Independent tasks to create revision resources for use in Year 11
  • Practice module on the final exam paper and its pre-release material
  • Year 11

  • Terms 1 and 2
  • Theories and perspectives module, with focus on theories around class, gender and ethnicity
  • Religion, medicine and health or race mini-module to extend learning
  • Mock revision
  • Mock feedback
  • Terms 3 and 4
  • Begin work on B673 pre-release paper
  • Exam focus – recap on first and second paper topics (Sociology Basics, Research Methods, Families, Education, Crime and Deviance, Mass Media).
  • Terms 5 and 6
  • Exam Revision
  • Assessment

  • Year 9
  • Assessment is primarily through practice questions from the first paper (B671 Sociology Basics) and the end of year exam, as well as small, in class key words tests. The research project is also formally marked.
  • Year 10
  • Assessment is primarily through end of module tests which are taken from past papers, as well as practice questions completed in class and as homework.
  • Year 11
  • Assessment is primarily through end of module tests which are taken from past papers, as well as practice questions completed in class and as homework.
  • We follow the OCR specification which is 100% based on exams; there is no coursework. However, one of the exam papers is based around a booklet that students are able to study throughout the year leading to the exam.

    Homework

    Homework is set once per week in accordance with the homework timetable. Each homework set should take one hour to complete.

    A variety of homework tasks will be set, for example, researching a topic from the lesson, completing practice questions and ‘quick quiz’-style tests, conducting research through questionnaires or interviews and creating revision materials.

    Homework is easily accessible to students through Show my Homework: https://peacehaven.showmyhomework.co.uk

    Teaching Staff

    Ms Sophie Benzie, Head of Media Studies: sbenzie@pcs.e-sussex.sch.uk
    Ms Gemma Edgcombe - Assistant Headteacher and Humanities Teacher: gedgcombe@pcs.e-sussex.sch.uk

    Notices

    Need Help?

    Simply contact the school office via our telephone or email address. During term we aim to respond within 24 hours.

    01273 581100
    enquiries@pcs.e-sussex.sch.uk