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Prince William School

KS5 curriculum


The course is taught over 2 years and covers a range of topic areas. Final assessment consists of three written papers, all of which are taken at the end of the second year of the course. Topics studied are:

Education with Methods in Context

When studying education you will become familiar with sociological explanations of the role and functions of the education system, relationships and processes within schools, including pupil identity, subcultures and how teachers label their students.  You will also learn about education policies including marketization and the impact of globalisation on education.

In research methods you will learn the different ways sociologists find things out, and how some of these can, on occasion, be dangerous for the sociologist!

Families and Households

You will gain a clear sociological understanding of the nature of families and households in contemporary British society.  You will study the changing family structures in Britain and in a global context.  The nature and extent of family diversity should become clear to you and you should understand the impact and effect of family arrangement on the individual.

Beliefs in Society

In this topic you will examine the impact that religion has had on the world, its relationship with social change and social stability.  You will study different religious organisations such as cults and new age movements.  You will consider the significance of religion in the contemporary world, including the nature and extent of secularisation in a global context.

Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

In this popular topic you will study the idea that crime is actually beneficial for society, and that deviance is a social construct.  You will investigate the social distribution of crime and deviance by ethnicity, gender and social class, including recent patterns and trends in crime. In methods you will continue to study the way sociologist find things out.  In the theory lessons you will learn about the different sociological perspectives and debates.

Entry Requirements

We expect students to achieve 5 good GCSEs at A*-C with at least a B Grade in English. If students are able to achieve these standards they will be considered for the course.


Sociology is an extremely useful subject for a wide range of career opportunities, some of the most popular include: Community Worker, Housing Manager, Health Care Worker, International Development Worker, Journalist, Lecturer, Market Researcher, Personnel Manager, Police Constable, Prison Governor, Probation Officer, Public Sector Administrator, Social Researcher, Social Worker, Teacher, Welfare Advice Worker.

Many Prince William School students go on to study Sociology at university. Sociology can be taken as a single honours degree or combined with other subjects. Sociology is also useful in many other careers as it develops transferable skills which are useful in a variety of jobs and professions.


  • Revision sessions are provided during lesson time before examinations
  • Revision guides are available to purchase from bookshops (online and high street)
  • Additional materials and past papers with mark schemes are made available to students through Prince William School shared drives

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