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Sociology

Curriculum Map 

KS4 

Course: 

Y10 Content 

Y10 Key Assessment 

Y11 Content 

Y11 Key Assessment 

Autumn 1 

The Sociological Approach 

Formative Task: 

Country Research Profile  

 

Summative Unit Test: Quick Quiz Kahoot on key terms  

The Sociology of Education 

Formative Task: 

Character profiles of how age, gender, ethnicity and social class differences impact educational successes and the effect on future life chances  

 

Summative Unit Test: End of Topic Test 

Autumn 2 

The Sociology of Families  

Formative Task: 

Analysis table of functions of the family.  

 

Summative Unit Test: Mid Topic Test 

Social Stratification 

Formative Task: 

Demonstrate social stratification within British political system 

 

Summative Unit Test: Mid Topic Test 

Spring 1 

The Sociology of Families 

Formative Task: 

Research significant changes in law that have impacted family life and choices  

Summative Unit Test: End of Topic Test 

Social Stratification  

Formative Task: 

Strengths and weaknesses of theoretical perspectives (Weber, Functionalism, Feminism, Marxism)  

 

Summative Unit Test: End of Unit Test 

Spring 2 

Sociological Research Methods 

Formative Task: 

Ethical Issues raised in previous studies such as Milgram and Zimbardo 

Summative Unit Test: Mid Topic Test 

The Sociology of Crime & Deviance 

Formative Task: Advantages and disadvantages of measuring crime 

 

Summative Unit Test: Mid Topic Test  

Summer 1 

Sociological Research Methods 

Formative Task: 

Advantages & Disadvantages of primary and secondary research methods  

 

Summative Unit Test: End of Topic Test 

The Sociology of Crime & Deviance 

Formative Task: Character profiles of how age, gender, ethnicity and social class differences impact criminal behaviour and the effect on future life chances  

 

 

Summative Unit Test: End of Topic Test  

Summer 2 

The Sociology of Education  

Formative Task: 

Research different types of schools and their effectiveness  

Summative Unit Test: Paper 1 Mock (Family, Research & Education)  

Revision of Paper 1 & 2 before EXAM  

Provisional Exam Dates:  

 

Monday 20th May 2019: Paper 1 

[1 hr 45 mins] 

 

Friday 24th May 2019: Paper 2 

[1 hr 45 mins] 

 

 

Sociology is the study of how society is organised and how we experience life.  Sociology enables us to understand the structure of society, and connections and patterns in human behaviour.  

The course is designed to give students the opportunity to focus on their own experience of the social world, whilst encouraging them to build on this knowledge by analysing and reflecting on different aspects of society.    

Sociology is a very popular choice at A Level, and the GCSE course provides an excellent stepping stone on to further study in Sociology and other social science subjects. 

People who study Sociology go on into a wide variety of jobs such as community and social work, journalism, police, probationary and prison officers and human resources.    

The course is assessed on three examinations held at the end of Year 11.  The assessments use both short answer comprehension questions and extended essay questions; therefore a good grasp of English is strongly recommended.  

Unit 1: Sociology basics  

(Written examination 25% 1 hour) 

  • This unit gives Students a basic introduction to the key concepts used within Sociology.  

 

Unit 2: Socialisation, Culture and Identity  

(Written examination 50% 1 hour 30 minutes) 

  • This unit includes three topics (Youth, Families and Crime) through which the themes of socialisation, culture, identity, power and control are developed. It builds upon the knowledge and skills acquired in Unit 1. 

 

Unit 3: Applying Sociological Research Techniques 

(Written examination 25% 1 hour) 

  • This unit in requires that Students build on the knowledge gained in Unit 1 referencing it to sociological research.