Parkside School



Our aim is to inspire students to reflect upon the world we live in, fostering an understanding of the inter-relationships between individuals, groups, institutions and societies. It enables students to develop critical thinking and appreciate theoretical and conceptual issues.

 Miss McQuaid

Head of Faculty

Ms Gibson 

Asst Head of Faculty

Ms Rosbrook


Ms Edmondson




Curriculum Plan




Year 12 & 13

What are we studying?

See curriculum plan above.

How are we assessed?

Assessments and exam practice throughout the course, including mock examinations.

Terminal exams at the end of the two-year course:

Component Marks Duration Weighting
Socialisation, culture and identity (01) 90 1 hour 30 mins 30%
Researching and understanding social inequalities (02)* 105 2 hour 15 mins 35%
Debates in contemporary society (03)* 105 2 hour 15 mins 35%

Component 01: Socialisation, culture and identity

Introduces students to key themes of socialisation, identity and culture, which are developed in closer study of one of three contexts

  • Families and relationships
  • Youth subcultures
  • Media.

Component 02: Researching and understanding social inequalities

Explores the methods of sociological enquiry and uses the context of social difference and inequality to develop knowledge and understanding of contemporary social processes. This fosters the development of critical thinking around social diversity in terms of social class, gender, ethnicity and age.

Component 03: Debates in contemporary society

This component introduces students to contemporary theoretical debates and how they relate to global society. Section A is a compulsory topic, ‘Globalisation and the digital social world’, and in Section B students choose one of the three following options:

  • Crime and deviance
  • Education
  • Religion, belief and faith.

What can parents do to help?

Help students to organise time to meet revision schedules deadlines.

Monitor use of the course text book– including self-study, test yourself and practice examination questions.

Further notes and guidance, lesson notes and support posted in TEAMS. 

Where can this subject take you? Career opportunities

According to bestcourse4me.com the top six degree courses taken by students who have an A level in Sociology are:

  • Sociology 
  • Psychology
  • English Studies
  • Business Studies
  • Law
  • Teaching

Possible career options Studying Sociology at university can give you a whole host of exciting career options, including:

  • Social work
  • Human resources
  • Advertising
  • Policing
  • Marketing
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Teaching

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