Sociology students at Berwick Academy will be curious and motivated to learn more about key sociological issues within British society. They will develop a greater understanding and awareness of social, political, legal and educational changes in society and their implications. They will develop a greater sense of tolerance and understanding of class, gender and ethnic diversity and differences in society and of the role and purpose of key institutions
By engaging in our curriculum, and following the Berwick Way, it is our intention that students will:
● Have a strong understanding of the key institutions.
● Explore and examine the impact and influence of key institutions in understanding society.
● Identify, critically analyse and evaluate different sociological approaches within Sociology.
● Examine and critically evaluate an array of investigative techniques when carrying out sociological research.
● Be encouraged to think independently, open their minds, question social structures and be aware of contemporary social issues.
Summary of Curriculum
A Level Sociology is a popular choice with sixth form students. The A Level requires that, over two years, students study Education with Theory and Methods, Topics in Sociology and Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods. Students learn about socialisation, culture and identity whilst exploring social differentiation, power and stratification, with a central focus on contemporary UK society and changes within a globalised context.
Students will also examine the significance of conflict and consensus theories within the study of Sociology and learn about social structures and key institutions in society, social action and the role of values. Students will develop an in-depth theoretical, practical and analytical understanding of how society can be studied and investigated thorough research methods. The course not only compliments a wide variety of other A levels choices offered at Berwick Academy, it also provides a strong foundation for anyone seeking to study Sociology at university or enter the workplace.
Sociology encourages tolerance and explores diversity, learning about choice and the fluid nature of changes within society. Sociology also develops transferable skills such as self-confidence, effective verbal and written communication, critical analysis, evaluation and an awareness of social, political and economic changes in society and their global impact.
Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods (2 hours – 33%)
Paper 2: Topics in Sociology: Beliefs in Society and Families and Households (2 hours – 33%)
Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods (2 hours – 33%)
For more detailed information about Sociology please make reference to the following curriculum plan(s). Please note, curriculum plans are developed on an ongoing basis.