Introduction

Learning Social Sciences at Loxford is about becoming a young adult who is engaged with, curious about, and critical of the society that we live in. We will learn to look more deeply at the things that others take for granted, investigating how and why our society and the people around us are the way they are.

The Social Science department at Loxford offers Sociology at GCSE level and both Sociology and Psychology at A-level. The team are a mix of sociologists and psychologists who are intensely passionate about their subjects and who love sharing their enthusiasm with their students.

Year 10 and Year 11

GCSE Sociology at Loxford offers students the chance to explore different aspects of the society in which they live. This includes looking at: social structures, such as families and schools; social processes, such as the ways in which we learn the norms and values of our culture; and social issues, such as racism and poverty.

Students following this course will learn:

Year 10

  • Studying Society – introducing what sociology is and how sociologists conduct their research.
  • Families – examining the different types of family, the different purposes of a family, and how families and family relationships have changed over time.
  • Education – exploring the purpose of education, how education in the UK has changed over time, and the different influences on achievement.

Sampling with Skittles

Year 10 students learning about sampling techniques in sociology.

 

Year 11

  • Crime and deviance – exploring what we mean by crime, who commits crime, and why they commit crime.
  • Social stratification- discussing the different types of social inequality, how social inequality is measured, and why social inequality exists. Investigating politics in the UK, the Welfare state, and other power relationships, such as those between parents and children.

Specification details

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/sociology/gcse/sociology-8192

Well done to the Year 11s for their achievements over the last two years

Students achieved 81% 9-5 grades, and 90% 9-4

Sociology encourages students to be interested, engaged, and critical of the world around them.  The social sciences also cover a broad range of skills as students conduct research in a scientific manner, analyse the results using their numeracy skills, and write reports and essays.  These are desirable traits and skills in any employee.

In terms of a specific career path, sociology lends itself to: working in the Criminal Justice System; working in human services, such as social services; counselling; education; research and/or policy; business.   More information about careers in sociology can be found on the British Sociological Association website

• Daily drop-in sessions at lunchtime and after school
• Google classroom