Sociology encourages students to develop a wide range of knowledge and understanding about society and how Sociologists study and
understand its structures, processes and issues. It is exciting interesting and applicable to students’ lives. Students take a questioning
approach to evidence and issues, thus developing their critical evaluative skills

Term 1
Term 2
Term 3
Term 4
Term 5
Term 6
Year 10

The sociological approach.
• Studying society: what is society, what happens in society? How does society work? Key Sociologists and theory.
• Key concepts: how do Sociologists describe and explain society?

The sociological approach and research methods.
• Primary research
• Secondary research
• Evaluating research
• Sampling
• Theoretical perspectives and choice of research methods

• Definitions of ‘family’
• Different types of family
• Theoretical perspectives and the family
• Roles within the family
• Family diversity

Families and research methods
• Changing relationships in the family
• Cultural and social class differences
• Research methods in the context of studying families. 

• The function of education in society
• Social class and educational achievement.
• Gender and educational achievement

• Ethnicity and educational achievement
• Social policy and education
• Research methods in the context of education.

Year 11

Crime and deviancy.
• Definitions of crime and deviance
• Social control
• Sociologica explanations of crime
• Measuring crime- statistics

Crime and deviancy and research methods
• Gender and crime
• Social class and crime
• Ethnicity and crime
• Research methods in context

Social stratification
• Different views of socio-economic class inclusing Marx and Weber
• Functionalist views of social stratification
• Life chances and poverty

Social stratification and research methods
• Power, authority and relationships
• Research methods in context

Revision and exam preparation.

Exam period