Sociology is a vibrant and exciting subject that will require you to think differently about the society in which we live. In this course we will look at social patterns and problems, challenge orthodox views, and examine the interesting and complex workings of society. You will learn the fundamentals of Sociology and develop skills valued by higher education and employers, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research Instead of thinking ‘What has happened?’ think ‘Why did that happen and what can be done to solve it?’.

Sociology opens up a world of opportunities for further study and careers, for example in Social Work, the Law, within the Criminal Justice System, including the police and probation services, journalism, social research, politics and many more.

Sociology is currently only available at KS5.

The Staff Team 

Mrs B Gray, Head of Psychology and Sociology, has been teaching since 2000 and has worked in several schools around Oxfordshire and Brighton. She studied for her teacher training (PGCE) qualification at Manchester (Manchester Metropolitan University, PGCE Social Sciences) . As well as teaching Sociology, Psychology and Geography here at CNS, she has also taught Politics A level and Humanities subjects at KS3 and 4. Her degree is in Politics from the University of Leicester. 

Mr C McGibbon completed his psychology teaching certificate (PGCE) in 1976, and then took a thirty year sabbatical working in the aviation industry. In 2006  he became tired of flying around the world and returned to teaching.  He has taught Psychology, Sociology and English in various schools in Oxfordshire. He has an MSc in Forensic Psychology and an MA in English, awarded by the university of Wales. Mr McGibbon is currently an undergraduate studying for a joint honours degree in French and German.

The curriculum

Sociology is an evidence based discipline so our ideas and theories have to be backed by facts about society. Sociologists collect data and information by using a variety of research methods. The course is demanding and as such requires a lot of work from each of its students. You will need to be organised, motivated and enthusiastic and most importantly open to new ideas and concepts.

Key stage 5

A LEVEL Sociology is a two year linear course.  There is no course work requirement.

Y12–  students will study:

  • Education with methods in context.
  • Exploring the role of education in society with indepth review of sociological methods.
  • Research methods.
  • Examining the tools and techniques sociologists use to collect evidence about an aspect of social life or the causes of a social event. Students undertake their own small scale research.
  • Family and Households.
  • Examining the formation of the family and the relation to the social structure, nature of childhoold and changes in the Family.

Y13 – students will study:

  • Global Development.
  • Exploring global development, what is development all about? We examine the role of the Western states, and the processes of economic, political and cultural globalisation.
  • Crime and Deviance.
  • Examining crime and deviance from its historical origins to modern and postmodern ideologies. The theories of crime and deviance, globalisation, crime control, state crime, mass media and crime, the role of the Criminal Justice system.
  • Theory and Methods.
  • Examining sociological theories and their explanations for social life, consensus and conflict theories are studied as well as postmodern and interactionist approaches.

A level

(AQA examination board)

Students at the end of year 13 will sit three separate 2 hour exams, each exam is 80 marks and each paper represents a third of the A level qualification.

  • Paper one Education with theory and methods
  • Paper two Topics in Sociology
  • Families and Households
  • Global Development
  • Paper three Crime and Deviance with theory and methods.