Sociology is taught by

Ms S Hakim Lead Practitioner & CTL Sociology
Ms A Abdullahi Sociology Teacher

Curriculum overview & aims (KS4)

Sociology is the study of society and people. It explores the relationships forged between the individual and society and looks at the role of institutions like the family and media in influencing behaviour of individuals.

Your culture, your family and your friends also help shape your identity, and in sociology we explore what it means to be a boy or a girl and how we learn gender appropriate behaviour. What happens if we do not behave appropriately? What happens if we question authority? Why do we follow rules? In what ways are we socialised to be controlled?

The study of sociology encourages students to think independently, to open their minds and question social structures and developments. Through creative learning involving project work and external visits students are expected to develop debating, explanation, analysis and evaluation skills, all the while improving their literacy through extended essay writing.

Year 9

Students will start their GCSE Sociology course following the Eduqas Board. They will study:

  • Understanding Social Processes
  • The Family

Year 10

During the second year of the course they will study:

  • Education
  • Research Methods

Year 11

Students will begin the final year of their GCSE Sociology course and will study:

  • Understanding social structures
  • Crime and Deviance

How students are assessed

Sociology at LIS is a highly subscribed subject; students at LIS are passionate about current affairs and the opportunity to study a relevant subject which is connected to everyday experiences.  It is a challenging subject with emphasis on theoretical content and expects students to create an analysis and evaluation of key sociological debates.  Students who select Sociology as an option enjoy extensive reading and writing.

Home Learning

Students will receive homework in line with the school expectations.  Students are expected to remain up to date with current affairs and to look at current affairs with a sociological mind.

How parents/carers can support their child

Parents/carers can support their child by ensuring students are actively involved with home learning and remote applications like Satchel and Google Classroom.  It will also be useful for parents to explore the GCSE Sociology Eduqas website ( which has access to the exam specification and examples of an exam paper.

Possible Careers

Advice Worker Community Development worker
Family support worker Further education teacher
International aid/development worker Social researcher
Social worker Youth worker
Actuarial analyst Charity fundraiser
Housing manager/officer Human resources officer
Probation officer Public relations officer
UX Analyst  

Useful websites/lessons

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation – recent research:

The BBC – especially the news pages:

Office for National Statistics:

Kath Young’s revision guide – useful revision guide:

Truetube – uploaded video clips made by students:

Tutor 2 U – detailed notes and discussion areas:


Guardian Newspaper:

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