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Welcome to the Sociology department



Sociology provides students with the opportunity to study the sociology of families, education, crime and deviance and social stratification. Essentially this means investigating trends and patterns in society, whilst applying sociological theories as to why these trends and patterns are happening.

Students will develop their understanding of complex social structures, empirical investigation and constructing balanced arguments, as well strengthening their analytical and research skills.

Assessment: 2 exams worth 50% of the overall mark each 

Course Leader - Mr M Whittington



Year 10

Year 11

Autumn 1

The Sociological Approach

Social processes, social structures and social issues.

Paper 1: Sociological research methods. Evaluations of different research approaches and methods.

Autumn 2

Social research, quantitative and qualitative research. Start of methodology.

Paper 2: Crime and Deviance. Sociological research and explanations of crime and deviance.

Spring 1

Sociological research methods continued.

Start of Sociology of the family.

Paper 2: crime and social differentiation.

Social differentiation and stratification, gender, age, social class, ethnicity and power.

Spring 2

Sociology of the family

Pre-public exams followed by bespoke revision sessions based on results.

Summer 1

Sociology of family

Start of sociology of education.

Revision of both paper 1 and 2 and end of year exams.

Summer 2

Sociology of education.

GCSE Exams proper.

How parents can support


Monitoring the completion of weekly homework tasks. Tasks are varied between compulsory tasks related to the work completed in class, plus optional extension tasks or reading designed to prepare for A-Level.

Revision Guide

Collins Grade 9-1 GCSE Sociology AQA All-in-One Complete Revision and Practice.

Woodfield and Owens My Revision Notes: AQA GCSE (9-1) Sociology.

All available on Amazon and other sellers.

Useful Websites 

AQA Website 

Exam Practice

Revision Guides and workbooks (above) for examples of answers.

Timed exam questions at home. Like other GCSEs this is new and so the question bank is limited. I am adapting older questions to the new style.


Sociology reading list - All students will have copies.

Channel 4 news (7pm weekdays) - Excellent source for current affairs and can be useful for examples. Much more detail than most other TV news sources.