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Sociology is the scientific study of human society through the investigation of social behaviour: indivduals, groups and cultures. By studying these relationships and behaviours we can better understand the world in which we live, and develop solutions to the problems that exist therein. 

The questions that we address in Sociology at King Ecgbert School include: 

  • What is the role of the media in influencing our perception of society? 
  • Is social class still relevant? Is your class obvious? How does it effect your opportunities? 
  • How has globalisation affected our national identity? 
  • Do we develop our own cultural identity or has it been imposed on us? 
  • What makes people commit crime? 
  • Why do girls do better at school? 
  • Racism/ageism/sexism - how does it affect society? 
  • How should we deal with criminals? 
  • How can we create safe communities? 
  • Are western countries restricting the development of countries in Africa? 
  • How may your digital footprint affect you in the future? 
  • Is anything that we do secret anymore? 

We currently follow the AQA specification - this is new for 2015 and so our lessons and resources are new too! 

Year 12 - AS 

Paper 1 - Education with Research Methods (1 hr 30 minutes written exam) 50% of AS level 

Paper 2 - Topics in Sociology (Culture and Identity) with research methods (1 hr 30 mins written exam) 50% of AS level 

Year 13 - A Level 

(Need at least a D in AS to progress) 

Paper 1 - Education with Theory and Methods 2 hour written exam 33.3% of A level 

Paper 2 - Topics in Sociology (Cultural and Identity and Global Development) 2 hour written exam 33.3% of A Level 

Paper 3 - Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods 2 hour written exam 33.3% of A level 

The skills and knowledge developed in sociology are useful for a variety of careers including: 

  • Law 
  • Journalism 
  • Social Work 
  • Media 
  • Advertising and Marketing 
  • Human Resources 
  • Youth Services 
  • Politics 
  • Social Policy Planning 
  • Criminology 
  • Teaching 
  • Academic Research 
  • Police