Curriculum Plan – Sociology

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Year / Term




Year 9


Component 1

  • Key concepts in Sociology.
  • How people create/establish their identity.
  • Agents of socialisation – family, education, media, peer groups.
  • The importance of socialisation passing on identity and culture.
  • Formal and informal social control.
  • Introduction to research methods in Sociology.

Component 1 – FAMILY

  • Family types and diversity within the UK and within a global context.
  • Social changes of family structures – marriage, divorce, cohabitation, family size.
  • Social changes of family relationships and the explanations for these changes.
  • Sociological theories on the role of the family.
  • Sociological criticisms of family
  • Mini practical sociological research project.

Component 1 – EDUCATION

  • The debate on the role of education.
  • The functions of education – Marxist v Functionalist and
    Feminist perspectives.
  • Patterns of educational achievement.
  • Processed inside schools affecting educational achievement.
  • Other factors affecting achievement – gender, class and ethnicity.
  • Mini practical sociological research project.

Year 10


  • Different types of data available and the utility of data in sociology.
  • Methods of research including the practical application and strengths/weaknesses of different methods.
  • Sampling processes and techniques.
  • Practical issues affecting research.
  • Ethical issues affecting research.


  • The process of research and design in sociology.
  • Students to carry out an in-depth research project.
  • Selecting a research area.
  • Choosing methods and sampling techniques.
  • Analysis of data.
  • Interpreting data – graphs, diagrams, charts and tables.
  • Establishing patterns and trends.


  • The sociological debate on stratification and differentiation- Functionalist v Marxist, Weberian and Feminist views.
  • Different forms and sources of power.
  • Equality and inequality in modern Britain – education, health, crime, work, media etc.
  • Factors affecting access to life chances and power.
  • Sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia.
  • Media stereotypes of groups in society

Year 11

Component 2 – DIFFERENTIATION continued.

  • Poverty as a social issue.
  • Different types of poverty.
  • Patterns of poverty and why it continues in modern Britain.
  • The impact of globalisation.
  • Culture of poverty, cycle of deprivation.

Component 2 – CRIME

  • What is the difference between crime and deviance? The social construction of crime and deviance.
  • Formal and informal social control, including the agencies of social control.
  • Patterns of criminal and deviant behaviour – class, gender, age and ethnicity.
  • Sociological theories and explanations of criminal and deviant behaviour.
  • Sources of data on crime, how crime statistics are collected and their utility.
  • Mini practical sociological research project.

Components 1 & 2

  • Revision and exam skills for both components 1 and 2.
  • Exams are traditionally early May