Welcome to the Sociology Department! We hope that you will find the information outlined below useful and please do not hesitate to contact us for further information on the Sociology department curriculum.
The Sociology team
Head of Department: Mrs Alanna Nardiello – Teacher of year 12/13
Miss Natalie Minton – Teacher of year 12
Mr Stephen Hone – Teacher of year 13
Curriculum intent Statement
The Sociology department’s aim is to study human social relationships and institutions through the AQA Sociology specification (linear qualification). The A-level specification is designed to be taken over two years with all assessments taken at the end of the course.
Students will learn the fundamentals of the subject and develop skills valued by higher education (HE) and employers, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research. The integral elements of the course includes a focus on sociological theories, perspectives and methods, the design of the research used to obtain the data under consideration, including its strengths and limitations.
Overall this course enables students to focus on contemporary society and will foster the development of critical and reflective thinking with a respect for social diversity. The course allows students to achieve an awareness of the importance of social structure and social action in explaining social issues. Throughout the course students are encouraged to develop their own sociological awareness through active engagement with the contemporary social world (real world application).
Following our school homework policy, Homework will be set via our online learning platforms once a week for all classes by each class teacher. KS5 pupils are expected to complete 5 hours of homework a week.
Students should have an A4 Lever arch folder, folder dividers, plastic wallets and a pencil case with them every lesson. Each Unit of work will require a separate folder.
Class teachers will also have an assessment folder for all students for any assessed work to be stored in.
Students may also wish to purchase the Napier press Sociology Textbook to support their studies. This is optional as there are class copies that students can also borrow if they wish.
There is the opportunity to attend ‘Tutor2u Revision workshops’ in year 13 to support revision for A levels. This has been a successful trip for previous students which has helped with their academic progress on the course.
Class teachers also offer P6 revision sessions to support with student intervention and progress.
A Level – AQA Sociology