Year 9 Options 20/21 - Sociology

Examination Board:
Course Description:
Sociology helps students to gain knowledge and understanding of key social structures, processes and issues
through the study of families, education, crime, deviance and social stratification. Sociology involves the
observation and explanation of human behaviour in a wide variety of areas. Students will develop their
analytical, assimilation and communication skills by comparing and contrasting perspectives on a variety of
social issues, constructing reasoned arguments, making substantiated judgements and drawing reasoned
How will students learn?
The course enables you to develop a wide range of skills that is a mixture of written work, reading and
presentations. Students will also learn how to apply various research methods to different sociological
contexts. They will be introduced to sociological terms and concepts concerned with social structures, social
processes and social issues.
How will the course be assessed?
Two examinations:
Paper 1 – The Sociology of Families and Education 1hr 45m Examination 50%
Paper 2 – The Sociology of Crime and Deviance and 1hr 45m Examination 50%
Social Stratification
Education Pathways after Year 11:
AS/A2/IB Psychology
AS/A2/IB History
AS/A2 Sociology
Career Routes:
Libraries and Record Offices
Social Care