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Departmental Staff

  • Mrs G Rock

“The fascination of sociology lies
in the fact that its perspective makes
us see in a new light the very world
in which we have lived all our lives”
Peter Berger
Invitation to Sociology
 

What is Sociology?

Sociology is the study of the social world, and the behaviour of humans in a variety of situations. Several aspects of human behaviour are studied, creating an understanding of society in a changing world.

  • Sociology students will have opportunities to:
  • study a range of topics including education; family; crime and deviance and mass media
  • acquire knowledge and understanding of how society works
  • understand sociological methodology and a range of research methods
  • reflect on their own experience of the social world in which they live
  • develop their critical thinking

 GCSE

Exam Board:  WJEC

Assessment Component

Topics

Weighting

Unit 1

 

Socialisation; Inequalities;
 Research Methods; Education; Familes

50%

Unit 2

 

Social Inequality; Power; Socialisation; Research Methods; Crime and Deviance

50%

 This subject is assessed in two exams worth 50% each. 
 
One exam is taken at the end of Year 11 and the other exam is taken at the end of Year 12.
 
There is no controlled assessment

A Level

Exam Board:  WJEC

Assessment Component

Topics

Weighting

AS: Unit 1

 

Acquiring Culture

15%

AS: Unit 2

Understanding Culture

25%

A2: Unit 3

Understanding Power and Control

25%

A2: Unit 4

Understanding Social Divisions

35%

Units 1 and 2 are assessed at the end of Year 13

Units 3 and 4 are assessed at the end of Year 14

Career Opportunities

Past sociology students are found across a wide range of occupational areas including social services, education, criminal justice, welfare services, counselling, charities, law and journalism.