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Carshalton High School for Girls

Carshalton High School for Girls

Carshalton High School for Girls is a highly successful school, judged by Ofsted in January 2023 as ‘Good’ in all categories.

Sociology A Level KS5

What will students study in Sociology this year?

In Year 12, students study the topic of education, with a particular focus on applying sociological research methods to the study of education. The purpose of this unit is to develop knowledge of the roles and functions of the education system from a variety of sociological perspectives. Students also study the topic of families and households, investigating the nature of childhood, changing patterns of marriage and divorce, and gender roles within the family in contemporary society.

In year 13, students study the media, exploring media representations of age, social class, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and disability, as well as the processes of selection and presentation of the content of the news. The final topic is Crime and Deviance. Students analyse methods of crime control, surveillance, prevention and punishment, victims, and the role of the criminal justice system and other agencies.

By studying sociology, students will develop transferable skills including how to:

  • investigate facts and make deductions
  • develop opinions and new ideas on social issues
  • analyse and better understand the social world.

What are the major assessments this year?

In addition to their end of term exams, students will be set exam-style questions in their four units of work. Students will complete routine knowledge tests to ensure they are able to recall and retrieve knowledge from previous units of work.

What do the assessments test?

Assessments target three Assessment Objectives set out in the exam board specification.  These are as follows: Demonstration of knowledge and understanding of: sociological theories, concepts and evidence, sociological research methods (AO1) Application of sociological theories, concepts, evidence and research methods to a range of issues (AO2) Analysis and evaluation of sociological theories, concepts, evidence and research methods in order to: present arguments, make judgements and draw conclusions (AO3)

What are the expectations of my child in Sociology?

A strong emphasis will be placed on students including contemporary examples in their work. As such, students are expected to take an interest in current affairs and topical social issues. Sociology is a subject which encourages debate-students need to be willing to engage in class discussions. Students need to meet deadlines and use free periods to engage in further reading material.

What should students do if they feel they are struggling in Sociology?

The first course of action is for students to speak with their Sociology teacher to determine why they are struggling. Students should make use of revision materials provided, such as knowledge organisers and key study summaries.

How can I best support my child in Sociology?

Parents can support students in Sociology by talking to them about the topics they are studying and what they are learning in class. Sociology is the study of society and it is important that students take an interest in the society around them. It is really useful if parents encourage debate and discussion of contemporary social issues.

Whom should I contact for further advice or information?

Please feel free to contact the Curriculum leader for Sociology, Miss N Winders at if you have any queries about your child’s progress.