We currently offer sociology at GCSE and A level. We have a very experienced team who have experience of marking at GCSE and A level.
Key Stage 4 GCSE
Exam board: AQA
Paper one: The sociology of of families and education (1 hour 45 minutes)
Paper two: The sociology of crime and deviance and social stratification (1 hour 45 minutes)
The recommended revision guide for the course is:
AQA GCSE Sociology (9-1)
Course Contact: H.Fitzgerald@lutterworthcollege.com
Key Stage 5
At A level we offer the AQA specification. There are two compulsory units:
Education with Theory and Methods
Crime and deviance with Theory and Methods
This enables students to build on the knowledge they acquire at GCSE. However, we must stress that it is not necessary to study sociology at GCSE in order to choose it as an A level.
The two optional units currently offered are: Culture and Identity and Global Development.
We believe that sociology enables students to understand contemporary issues and complements a range of other subjects such as: History, Media Studies and English language/literature.
We use two different textbooks in our lessons and copies of these are available from the q-zone and library.
We encourage students to keep up to date with current affairs and we have a presence on social media that enable us to direct students to relevant stories. The Guardian, Channel 4 news and the BBC are recommended news sources.
Course Contact: Mrs. Fitzgerald
Entry requirements: If students have studied Sociology at GCSE they must have achieved a grade 5. If students have not studied the subject they must have 5 GCSEs at grade 5 or above including either English Language or English Literature
In our A level and GCSE lessons we use a range of teaching strategies in order to stimulate students interest and further their understanding.
The picture below was taken in a Y13 sociology lesson. Students had been exploring the differences between old and new wars in global sociology. In order to check that they had understood the difference they had to produce a scene depicting each with toys provided. Other students then had to identify the features in the scene.