The Sociology curriculum aims to develop student’s curiosity and understanding surrounding the behaviours and interactions within society both locally and globally. Students are continually encouraged to develop their understanding of themselves as individuals, and question their place in local and global contexts through thought provoking discussions that encourage them to think outside their own experiences.
The Sociology curriculum challenges students perceptions of themselves and others and fosters and environment that encourages students to be confident in taking risks in challenging themselves outside their comfort zone when exploring new ideas. In addition, the Sociology curriculum strives to extend students’ knowledge and experiences through the use of research projects which enable students to explore freely the areas that interest and inspire them alongside developing a range of invaluable transferable life skills.
Studying Sociology at LPGS will provide you with:
- A broad sociological understanding of perspectives, ideology, research and social phenomena
- Skills of critical analysis and evaluation
- The ability to create a well-structured essay
- An understanding of social and global structures, enabling the students the ability to navigate through a global community
- The ability to analyse and contextualise data and research
What we expect from our students
We expect our students to embrace being members of a global framework. Respecting all backgrounds and experiences. We expect students to engage in contemporary readings on social issues and phenomena, in preparation for debates and critical analysis of key perspectives and ideologies. Students will welcome challenge and opportunities to supplement their learning through classwork, homework, extra- curricular activities and events. Students will develop resilience and hardworking values when exploring sociological content and themes. Finally, students will actively seek to contribute to their learning and wider communities, implementing the knowledge and skills developed through studying Sociology.
Contact Name: Ms N Douglas
Key Stage 4
We follow the AQA Sociology specification at GCSE and A Level.
Paper 1: Families and Education
Paper 2: Social Stratification and Crime and Deviance
Key Stage 5
Description of Course
This course provides a lively and interesting introduction to Sociology and the study of human social behaviour. Sociology provides a scientific study of society, which helps us to understand various social systems. Although we study specific topics in depth, though students are encouraged to develop their own awareness through engagement with the contemporary social world.
- Paper 1 - Education with Theory and Methods
- Paper 2 - Beliefs in Society with Families and Households
- Paper 3 - Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods
Key sociological themes of Socialisation, Culture and Identity, Social Class, Age, Gender and Ethnicity are considered throughout the course.
A good standard of written English – preferably a ‘6’ GCSE at English Language - and an interest in current affairs are essential . Students should be able to discuss and analyse social issues and problems.
- You must meet the general school entry requirements for A-Level courses.
- Preferably a ‘6’ GCSE at English Language
Method of Assessment
Three written examinations at the end of two years with structured and essay style questions
Educational Progression and Career Opportunities
Sociology involves a rigorous study of a variety of sociological perspectives, and develops the ability to evaluate critically. The ability to evaluate (create an argument) is a critical skill. Sociology is accepted as an academic Advanced level and is a useful background for those wishing to study social sciences, law and the humanities in further and higher education. You could progress into social/probation work, careers in the health services, advertising, marketing and human resources, the media, the police and the legal profession