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Sociology

Curriculum Content Overview

Commitment to continuous improvement 

Our students develop confidence and resilience through:  

  • Learning about society’s structures, processes and issues as well as developing understanding of their personal identity which in turn develops a sense of place in the world.
  • Engaging in lessons about social and global issues which help them to overcome the perceived inward-looking nature of life in small rural towns.
  • Offering an engaging and effective introduction to sociology to develop an appreciation of the significance of theoretical and conceptual issues in sociological debate.
  • Develop students’ understanding of the ways that sociology study is relevant to their lives. 

Acknowledgement of efforts and achievements 

We help students achieve highly at KS5 and beyond by:  

  • Broadening their horizons and developing sociological awareness through research opportunities to see sociology in action.
  • Ensuring that students understand and can evaluate sociological methodology and a range of research methods through active involvement in the research process.
  • Preparing them thoroughly for their external and internal examinations through Pre-Public Examinations and regular practice of exam questions in lessons and for home learning.
  • Using extensive retrieval practice and low stakes testing to ensure knowledge is embedded and develops into richer, long term cognitive schema. 

Respect for others and the environment 

We create students who: 

  • Have an awareness of common barriers that groups of people may face.
  • Develop skills that enable individuals to focus on their personal identity, roles and responsibilities within society.
  • Are equipped with knowledge about diverse people and cultures to help build mutual respect and tolerance towards others.
  • Have critical and reflective thinking skills that are applied with a respect for social diversity. 

Excellence in all that we do 

We raise the aspirations and ambition of our students by: 

  • Experiencing success and progress through assessments of knowledge, understanding and skills developed through a broad and balanced curriculum.
  • Developing knowledge and a critical understanding of contemporary social processes and social changes.
  • Encouraging engagement with current affairs through the provision of frequent opportunities for students to discuss the news and to consider the links to sociology. To inspire ambition in the area of politics and social policy.
  • Developing a lifelong interest in social issues.