Sociology

Curriculum Intent

The Sociology department at Grace Academy Coventry seeks to teach knowledge that will allow learners to develop excellence in Sociology, higher education, their future careers and their life beyond school. The curriculum will enable pupils to participate in an ever developing world with understanding and humanity, and it will give them the higher-level skills needed for a knowledge-based economy. Through the study of Sociology, pupils will examine social phenomena that affect people’s lives in profound ways.

The course is designed and delivered to nurture thoughtful and motivated young people, who can act responsibly as active citizens, and who believe in their ability to change their community for the better. The Sociology curriculum challenges pupils to look beyond appearances and set aside their own personal beliefs to enable them to show mutual respect, integrity and compassion towards others.  The curriculum will encourage limitless potential by inspiring pupils and challenging their ideas, concepts and essential skills of critical thinking.

Within A level Sociology pupils are challenged to debate the relative values of different theoretical perspectives and how sociology can be applied to enable social change. Each topic makes synoptic links to previous content, allowing pupils knowledge to grow sequentially. Pupils will gain a holistic and critical appreciation of Sociology through teacher delivery of key powerful knowledge alongside a range of teaching strategies that promote independent and active learning, such as well-structured debates and discussions to deepen pupils understanding and enjoyment, whilst building core skills.

Learners will be given opportunities to explore future careers in Sociology and related areas inspiring them to have limitless potential to achieve. By the end of the two year course students will have powerful knowledge that will enable them to understand the importance of critical thinking and the impact Sociology can have on the lives of people in society.