Introduction to Sociology at Plashet School

Sociology is the study of people in society. The aim of Sociology is to try to explain why different people behave in different ways and how our lives are shaped by factors such as our social class (wealth), gender and ethnicity.

This subject is only offered at KS4

Curriculum Content


The syllabus we follow is AQA Sociology and is made up of the following topics;

  1. Studying society – we examine why people behave the way they do and how sociologists carry out research
  2. Education – we explore the purpose of education and how achievement in education is influenced by our social class, gender and ethnicity.
  3. Families – we look at the different types of families that exist as well as the changing relationships within families.
  4. Crime & Deviance – we explore why some people commit crime and what effect this has on society.
  5. Mass Media – we examine how the media represents different groups of people and what effect the media has on audiences.
  6. Social Inequality – this unit involves examining how people’s lives are affected by the amount of money they have, their gender and ethnicity.
How are students assessed?

There are two 90 minute exams

Paper 1 – Studying Society, Education, Families

Paper 2 – Crime & deviance, Mass Media, Social Inequality.

Students will be marked on their spelling and grammar

They will be assessed on their understanding of reading and interpreting sources and statistics

They will be judged on how well they can make links between topics

They will be assessed on their ability to evaluate within an essay format

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