The intent of the Sociology curriculum at George Salter Academy is to enrich the learning of pupils and enable them to understand the social world we live in. Through the study of Sociology, pupils will examine and question social phenomena that affect people’s lives in various ways; thus providing breadth and challenge. Students will ultimately develop an understanding of sociological theories and be able to apply these to understand social issues, debates and changes over time. Such social issues include Crime, Education, Families and inequality, in particular, to understand how different social groups experience these differently. The course is designed and delivered to nurture thoughtful, compassionate and motivated young people, who can act responsibly as active citizens, and who believe in their ability to change their community and world for the better. The Sociology Curriculum at key stage 4 and 5 has been logically sequenced so the content of paper 1 is taught in the first year of the course and content of paper 2 is predominantly taught in Year 2 of the course. The department spends the first unit of learning for the curriculum in year 10 and Year 12 embedding key Sociological concepts before exploring other units in further depth, which is challenging for all. Through the high standards set by the department, the Sociology course intends to create resilient and capable learners.

Pupils will gain a critical and holistic appreciation of the subject through use of a range of teaching methods to deepen pupils’ understanding and enjoyment, whilst building core knowledge. Sociology enables students to acquire knowledge of the wider world, which can benefit them in all areas of social life. Students will learn the fundamentals of the subject and develop skills valued by Higher Education (HE) and employers, including independent thinking, critical analysis and research; these are high-order and challenging skills. Students may choose to study Sociology further at university or they can use the subject to support and compliment further subjects/vocational courses at higher education, e.g. Social Work, Journalism, Criminology, Teaching.

Study Support

Throughout the year, the Sociology staff offer a variety of opportunities that allow all students to engage actively in the subject This includes the chance to take part in trips that delve deeper beyond the curriculum and maintain their curiosity in the society around them. The George Salter Sociology department also provide additional study and revision sessions as well as useful tips to help them prepare for the external exams students will sit.


Mrs A. Arif (Head of Sociology), email: [email protected]

Sociology is not offered during Key Stage 3.

At KS4, students studying Sociology GCSE will follow the Eduqas exam board specification.

This incorporates the following topics of study:

  • Key concepts and processes in cultural transmission
  • Families
  • Education
  • Research methods and application of research methods
  • Social Stratification
  • Crime and Deviance

Students will receive weekly lessons on this Sociological content in preparation for two examination they will sit at the end of Year 11. Each paper is 1 hour and 45 minutes and will make up 50% of the weighting for this qualification.

Year 10 Curriculum Map 1, Year 10 Curriculum Map 2, Year 10 Curriculum Map 3

Year 11 Curriculum Map 1, Year 11 Curriculum Map 2, Sociology Learning Journey

At KS5, the Department offers an A-level in Sociology, following the AQA specification.

Please visit our dedicated Sixth Form section for more information.

Sociology Learning Journey