Why is Sociology important?

Sociology is the study of the modern society in which we live. Sociologists look to analyse and interpret human behaviour and how the society in which we live influences our social actions and relationships. Sociology is a subject for people with an inquisitive mind who are interested in the social world around them. In this subject students investigate factors such as crime, media, religion, the family, education, politics, wealth, poverty, culture, beliefs and attitudes.

What is the aim of the Sociology curriculum at Oaklands?

Sociology students will be encouraged to engage actively with their learning to achieve their highest possible standards in this subject. Students in Sociology will develop the skills of analysis, evaluation, interpretation and discussion, and will become confident in their ability to explain the social world.

How is the curriculum in Sociology structured?

 Sociology is an optional subject offered at Level 3 (A Level) and Level 2 (GCSE). It is not taught at KS3.

Topics covered in Year 10:

GCSE Sociology- Sociology Basics, Families, Education and Research Methods

Topics covered in Year 11:

GCSE Sociology- Sociological Approaches, Crime and Deviance, Social Stratification, Research Methods


KS4 Qualification title

AQA GCSE Sociology

KS5 Qualification title

AQA A Level Sociology

Sociology Curriculum Maps

  Additional learning resources: 

The following websites helpful for revision materials and exam practice:

Practical tips / activities for parents to support learning at home

Parents can support their child with their Sociological studies by encouraging them to engage with current affairs by watching trusted sources of news, such as the BBC.  In addition, sociology students should be encouraged to explore a range of contemporary social issues and given opportunity to read sociological texts and quality print media (e.g. The Guardian newspaper)