The Sociology Department strives to promote, foster and encourage pupils’ interest, knowledge, understanding and participation in the nature and understanding of Sociology. Sociology classes are rigorous, inclusive, inspiring, and well connected to the society outside the classroom. Students develop sociological understanding and knowledge, while gaining enriching experiences and tangible skills that will lead to future success regardless of gender, culture, class or ethnic origin. This department makes the curriculum accessible to all, using differentiation throughout its delivery.
Sociology students acquire knowledge and skills to develop understanding of sociological research, assess empirical data, and apply the sociological perspectives to their own lives, their social environment, and various social issues.
Key Stage 5
Some of the topics studied are: Socialisation, Culture and Identity, Families and Relationships, Researching and Understanding, Social Inequalities, Globalisation and the Digital Social World and Crime and Deviance.
Students are assessed at the end of the course in Year 13 through the following papers:
- Socialisation, culture and identity
- Researching and understanding social inequalities (Synoptic Paper)
- Debates in contemporary society (Synoptic Paper)
BTEC Tech Award- Creative Media Production
This qualification is for learners who want to acquire technical knowledge and skills through vocational contexts by applying the learned knowledge and processes related to investigating, exploring and creating media products. The course prepares its students to be effective skilled communicators especially in a globalised technological world. Students are encouraged to appreciate their own culture and to positively interact with media within other cultures.
Students gain experience in critical analysis and media production, emerging as more creative and informed young people with the tools to engage in media research and production within the three media sectors.
With its three components of exploring media products, developing digital media production skills and creating a media product in response to a brief, the subject focuses on both the theoretical and the practical aspects of each unit and aims at producing students who are ready to apply their acquired skills and knowledge in the real world.
The course is divided into three components. Two are internally assessed and the third is a controlled assessment which is externally assessed.
Component 1: Internally assessed– Exploring Media Products– Learners will develop their understanding of how media products create meaning for their audiences and will examine existing products and explore media production techniques. Analytical skills will be developed in understanding purpose of media texts for a contemporary audience.
Component 2: Internally assessed– Developing Digital Media Production Skills: looking at a range of past and present media products, such as podcasts, magazines and mobile apps, learners will examine how media products engage audiences for a given purpose. Learners will also select media products from one of the three media sectors and explore how audiences are engaged, while developing their own technical skills through the production of their own media text.
Component 3: Externally assessed– (Synoptic)-Create a Media Product in Response to a Brief– A product will be imagined, designed and created by students in response to a set brief. Analytical, design and production skills will all be called upon to complete this task. The task will be completed within 9 hours of supervised sessions.