Curriculum - Sociology

Mrs Susan King with students


Across RET schools the sociology curriculum is both academic and ambitious. Students will

  1. acquire knowledge and a critical understanding of contemporary social processes and social
  2. appreciate the significance of theoretical and conceptual issues in sociological debate.
  3. understand and evaluate sociological methodology and a range of research methods through active involvement in the research process.
  4. develop skills that enable individuals to focus on their personal identity, roles and responsibilities within society.
  5. develop a lifelong interest in social issues.

The subject is taught in Bristol (AQA) and Becket Keys (OCR) . It is only taught at KS5.


Students will be taught to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
    1. sociological theories, concepts and evidence.
    2. sociological research methods.
  2. Apply sociological theories, concepts, evidence and research methods to a range of issues.
  3. Analyse and evaluate sociological theories, concepts, evidence and research methods in order to:
    1. present arguments.
    2. make judgements.
    3. draw conclusions.

Key Themes/Concepts


All students study

  • education
  • methods in Context
  • theory and methods
  • crime and deviance

and at least one from each list below

culture and identity

families and households


work, poverty and welfare

beliefs in society

global development

the media

stratification and differentiation


All students study

  • socialisation, culture and identity
  • social inequality and difference
  • research methods
  • digital world and globalisation

and at least one from each of the lists below:


youth subcultures



crime and deviance

religion, belief and faith

Links to KS4:

Sociology is not taught at any RET school prior to embarking on the A level course. However, knowledge and skills from history, geography and PSHE/citizenship are useful.

The A level course provides excellent preparation to further study of the subject in higher education.


Examples include:



  • Karl Marx Walking Tour
  • Museum of Childhood and investigation at Roman Road Market
  • Sociology student conferences
  • Speakers: Police, researcher from YouGov