Across RET schools the sociology curriculum is both academic and ambitious. Students will
- acquire knowledge and a critical understanding of contemporary social processes and social
- appreciate the significance of theoretical and conceptual issues in sociological debate.
- understand and evaluate sociological methodology and a range of research methods through active involvement in the research process.
- develop skills that enable individuals to focus on their personal identity, roles and responsibilities within society.
- develop a lifelong interest in social issues.
The subject is taught in Bristol (AQA) and Becket Keys (OCR) . It is only taught at KS5.
Students will be taught to:
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
- sociological theories, concepts and evidence.
- sociological research methods.
- Apply sociological theories, concepts, evidence and research methods to a range of issues.
- Analyse and evaluate sociological theories, concepts, evidence and research methods in order to:
- present arguments.
- make judgements.
- draw conclusions.
All students study
- methods in Context
- theory and methods
- crime and deviance
and at least one from each list below
culture and identity
families and households
work, poverty and welfare
beliefs in society
stratification and differentiation
All students study
- socialisation, culture and identity
- social inequality and difference
- research methods
- digital world and globalisation
and at least one from each of the lists below:
crime and deviance
religion, belief and faith
Links to KS4:
Sociology is not taught at any RET school prior to embarking on the A level course. However, knowledge and skills from history, geography and PSHE/citizenship are useful.
The A level course provides excellent preparation to further study of the subject in higher education.
- Karl Marx Walking Tour
- Museum of Childhood and investigation at Roman Road Market
- Sociology student conferences
- Speakers: Police, researcher from YouGov