One of the core subject areas of the RSS faculty is Sociology. Sociology is the study of society and the groups of people within it. It is available to study at Wath Comprehensive School at KS4 and KS5. Sociology is part of the Religion and Social Science Faculty. The Faculty hopes to inspire a love of inquiry and critical thinking as well as an understanding of the different approaches to studying human behaviours.
Key Stage 4 Sociology
Students averagely receive two and a half lessons a week during their three years of KS4. Sixth form students receive six lessons a week dedicated to the subject.
The AQA GCSE Sociology course is available as an option in both academic and academic vocational band. It is studied as a three year course. The syllabus fosters a basic knowledge of sociological issues as well as skills including assessing issues from several perspective and evaluative and analytical skills.
Legacy Specification (Current Y11)
There are two units of study:
Unit 1: Studying Society, Education, Families
Unit 2: Crime and Deviance, Mass Media, Power, Social Inequality
Unit 1 and 2 are both assessed by written examinations that are one and a half hours long. Each unit is worth 50% of the final grade. Passing grades can range from A*- G at GCSE level.
Current Specification (Current Y10)
There are two units of study:
Unit 1: The Sociology of Families and Education with research methods
Unit 2: The Sociology of Crime and Deviance and Social Stratification with research methods
Unit 1 and 2 are both assessed by written examinations that are one hour and 45 minutes long Each unit is worth 50% of the final grade. Passing grades can range from grades 9-1 at GCSE level.
Sociology at Wath Sixth Form
Students at AS and A Level follow the AQA Sociology specification. Students will learn key sociological content but will also gain invaluable skills such as application of knowledge and analytical and evaluative skills. It is anticipated that most students starting the course will complete the full two year A level and sit all three papers at the end of the course. Once the three papers have been taken at the end, any results from the first year will no longer count towards the final qualification.
Paper 1 Education with Methods in Context
This paper looks at education in modern society. One of the main topics of study is why certain groups of students underachieve/achieve in education. This unit also includes studying the research methods sociologists use to research education.
Paper 2 Research Methods and Topics in Sociology (Families and Households)
This paper looks at research methods. Students will also choose a topic to study for this paper; the topic studied at Wath is Families and Households. Within this unit students will study different family patterns and reasons why women are having fewer children as well as looking at why women are having children later in life for example.
Both units are assessed by a written exam, both papers are worth 50% of the AS qualification and have a variety of both short mark and extended writing questions. The exams are 90 minutes long.
A Level Sociology
Paper 1 Education with Theory and Methods
This paper covers the topics studied at AS level. In addition students will study sociological theory and methods.
Paper 2 Topics in Sociology (Families and Households and Beliefs in Society)
In addition to the content covered at AS level in ‘Families and Households’ students will also study a unit of work on ‘Beliefs in Society’. Within this topic students will study reasons why people may join sects and cults and will investigate reasons why women are more religion than men.
Paper 3 Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods
This paper looks at Crime and Deviance. Students will study reasons why people may commit crimes and why certain groups are more criminal than others. In addition to this students will study sociological theory and methods.
A Level Qualification
All three units are assessed by a written exam. All 3 papers are worth 33.3% of the A Level qualification and have a variety of both short mark and extended writing questions. The exams are 2 hours long.
The Sociology department is part of the Religion and Social Science faculty. The department has a wealth of resources as well as a dedicated team of enthusiastic and experienced teaching staff. The faculty has 9 dedicated classrooms, three of which are computer rooms.