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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:

Content of Socialisation, culture and identity

In this topic we introduce you to the key themes of socialisation, culture and identity and develop these themes through the context of one of three options either: Families and relationships, Youth subcultures or Media. These options develop skills that enable you to focus on your personal identity, roles and responsibilities within society and develop a lifelong interest in social issues.

Youth subcultures

As the name suggests the unit focuses on youth as an important period in the socialisation process when individuals are developing a sense of identity within their peer groups. It allows learners to explore different types of youth subcultures and the roles they may play in society.

Research methods and researching social inequalities

In this section, you are introduced to a range of methods and sources of data as well as the factors influencing the design of sociological research and the relationship between theory and methods. You are encouraged to consider the practical, ethical and theoretical issues arising in sociological research and to apply knowledge of research methods to the particular context of social inequalities.

Understanding social inequalities

Within this section you will have the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of contemporary patterns and trends of social inequality. You are able to engage in theoretical debate, explore conceptual issues and develop skills of analysis and evaluation of sociological research and evidence.

Entry Requirements

We expect students to achieve 5 good GCSEs at 5-9 with at least a grade 6 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