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Prince William School

KS4 curriculum

GCSE Sociology is designed to foster in learners an understanding and critical awareness of the social world around them. The
specification focuses on the importance of social structure in explaining social issues. Learners will be encouraged to explore and debate contemporary social issues to enable them to challenge taken-for-granted assumptions and to question their everyday understanding of social phenomena. By following this course, learners will develop their own sociological awareness through active engagement with the contemporary social world. This specification will develop learners' ability to think sociologically in relation to their experience of the social world around them so that they are able to play a positive, active and informed role in society.

The learners are assessed through two exams at the end of two years’ study. All topics are compulsory, each exam is equally weighted - 50% - and lasts one hour and forty-five minutes.

The following units are study during each cycle.

 

Cycle 1

Cycle 2

Cycle 3

Cycle 4 

Cycle 5

Cycle 6

Year 10

Key concepts and processes of cultural transmission

Families

Families

Education

Education

Research methods

Research methods

Applied research methods

Year 11

Crime and deviance

Crime and deviance

Social differentiation and stratification

 

Social differentiation

Applied research methods  

Revision

Revision

 

 

Progression

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 as one of their A-level choices, it complements almost any combination of A-levels.

Revision

  • 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