Sociology is the exciting study of the society in which we live and the institutions such as schools and families that create it. Here at Whitley Academy we offer an engaging and effective introduction to Sociology; at Key 3 students learn the fundamental aspects of what creates our Culture and Identity. Our GCSE course then lays the foundations of knowledge and formative critical thinking. At Key Stage 5 we develop the skill of sociological inquiry with a particular emphasis on nurturing skills valued by higher education and employers, including critical analysis, independent thinking and independent research.
It is highly recommended that pupils undertaking these courses at Key Stage 4 and 5 take an active interest in society outside school by watching and discussing documentary programmes, reading newspapers and using revision guides to support study at home.
GCSE Paper 1
GCSE Paper 2
Pupils begin learning about the subject in Year 9 as part of an introductory carousel over a half-term. This short course provides pupils an experience of GCSE style learning as well as questioning what makes up ‘our identity’.
Two short assessments are used to assess understanding and progress in the subject:
In developing the course, we have worked closely with the English and humanities departments to enable students to develop and apply cross-curricula study skills with a particular focus on improving literacy and reading.
Sociology is offered as an optional subject where pupils complete a GCSE over the course of two years. Two exams are taken in the summer term of Year 11. The course provides an excellent foundation for further studyat post 16 level.
The examining board is AQA, full details of the course and past papers can be found at:
Pupils are well-prepared to take the examinations at the end of the course. Throughout year 10 and 11 they take a series of diagnostic tests on the different topics studied. This methodology increases confidence in tackling exams, supports timed essay writing and encourages the pupils to evaluate and reflect on their own performance.