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Studying Sociology gives students the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding into society and discerning how it functions through critically examining the way various societies function. The Sociology curriculum aims to create informed and critical Sociologists who evaluate society around them and affords them the opportunity to gain an appreciation of how and why society works. Through studying Sociology students will have the knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active and responsible citizens.

Students will be exposed to a range of sociological skills which are transferable into the world of work whilst also gaining an in-depth knowledge of the work of key sociologists in the past and present.

Students are taught at Key Stage 4 two 60-minute lessons per week and follow the Eduqas 9-1 GCSE Sociology. Students learn about the Family, Education, Sociological Research Methods, Social Differentiation and Stratification and Crime and Deviance. The two 60-minute lessons allow students to delve deeply into Sociology and use and apply their knowledge to understand new and unfamiliar concepts.

Students will 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 which aim to make our students the most employable in Corby, which include:

  • Investigating facts and making deductions
  • Developing opinions and new ideas on social issues
  • Analyse and better understand the social world

There is a clear focus on knowledge retention, though the use of “Knowledge Retrieval”, where students are presented with questions from last lesson, last month and last term. This will help to embed the key knowledge that they need in their long-term memory. Elements of mastery are deeply imbedded within the curriculum so that students practise second order concepts and work with the knowledge they are gaining to become masters of Sociology. By presenting students with the “Bigger Picture” students are able to see how it links to their wider study of society facilitate understanding of and an interest in how Sociology is applied in the real world. We will seek to enrich the experience of our students through trips. This will also form part of our aims to close the cultural capital gap by ensuring that all students have the opportunities to experience Sociology beyond the classroom which in turn helps build a more informed, resilient and tolerant citizens.

Students will know and understand the key aspects of Sociology and how social groups such as Class, Age, Gender and Ethnicity may impact the life course of an individual. As part of our school vision of Responsibility, Respect & Resilience we aim to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and belief through the delivery of Sociology.  Sociology offers a culturally rich and diverse curriculum in which all major religions are studied and respected. We strongly believe that tolerance is gained through knowledge and understanding. Through our curriculum and the routines of our daily school life, we strive to demonstrate tolerance and help children to become knowledgeable and understanding citizens who can build a better Britain for the future.

Students will be able to use their deep knowledge and understanding of Sociology to apply it to the real world and think and work like the Sociologists that they study. Students will be able to demonstrate independence, curiosity, and resilience, both verbally and in their written work. Transfer

The Sociology curriculum encourages students to:

  • Apply their sociological knowledge, understanding and skills to develop an understanding of relationships and tension between social structures and individual agency within a UK and global context.
  • Critically analyse information and use evidence to make informed arguments, reach substantiated judgements and draw conclusions.
  • Use and apply their knowledge and understanding of how social structures and processes influence social control, power and inequality.
  • Use sociological theories to understand social issues, debates, social changes and continuities over time.
  • Understand and evaluate sociological methodology and a range of research methods.
  • Use sociological terminology.

At KS4, students study WJEC (C200QS) GCSE Sociology.