Students study Culture and Identity at the beginning of year 12. This topic explores key sociological debates such as free will versus determinism, modernity and postmodernity and the impact of globalisation on societies. Students study a key piece of reading and exam question each week. Students are taught the skills of academic reading and note-taking skills to support this self-study. In term 2, students study Education and Research Methods, directly applying to key education studies to deepen knowledge and understanding. Students will also carry out a pilot study on an education-related question, learn how to write a final research report and present their findings to the rest of the class. In the summer term, students study Theory and Methods.
In Year 13, students learn about Crime and Deviance plus Beliefs in Society. Students can apply Crime and Deviance to examples from contemporary society through case studies of institutional racism/misogyny, corporate and state crimes. In 'Beliefs', students learn about different belief systems and the rise of fundamentalist beliefs. The same focus on retrieval applies, and learning exam technique applies to Year 13. Students experience one timed exam question a week.
Our curriculum also includes opportunities for developing cultural capital. These include events to hear from Charter Alumni who are sociology graduates and partnering with Behind Bars to run a conference for students on the role of prisons, including the opportunity to interview ex-prisoners.