Sociology & Criminology

Sociology and Criminology Department
AQA GCSE Sociology / OCR A-level Sociology:

Sociology is the study of society. During the GCSE and A-level will explore concepts such as the family, the media, social class, politics, crime and deviance, education, social inequality and the role they all play in determining how we live our lives in the UK today. 
The GCSE will give students a fundamental understanding of the structure of society and external factors that affect human behaviour. The subject gives an excellent contemporary awareness of issues facing our society both past and present and also develops students written and verbal skills. Studying sociology at A-level, compliments any students understanding of the subject if they have studied it at key stage 4, however if students are new to the subject at A-level, they will not be at a disadvantage. The subject at A-level, gives students greater understanding of the world we live in and the influences which affect the people in it including the effects of globalisation, inequalities, green crimes and the role of social media.
Sociology is an excellent subject for understanding other people, cultures and traditions and will be highly beneficial for careers in government, education, criminal justice system, social work and healthcare.

Sociology is the study of society. During the GCSE and A-level will explore concepts such as the family, the media, social class, politics, crime and deviance, education, social inequality and the role they all play in determining how we live our lives in the UK today. 
The GCSE will give students a fundamental understanding of the structure of society and external factors that affect human behaviour. The subject gives an excellent contemporary awareness of issues facing our society both past and present and also develops students written and verbal skills. Studying sociology at A-level, compliments any students understanding of the subject if they have studied it at key stage 4, however if students are new to the subject at A-level, they will not be at a disadvantage. The subject at A-level, gives students greater understanding of the world we live in and the influences which affect the people in it including the effects of globalisation, inequalities, green crimes and the role of social media.
Sociology is an excellent subject for understanding other people, cultures and traditions and will be highly beneficial for careers in government, education, criminal justice system, social work and healthcare.

WJEC Level 3 Applied Diploma in Criminology

Criminology is the study of crime in society. During your programme of study students will explore different types of crimes, understand the impact of the media on criminality, study the different stages of the criminal justice system- from crime scene to courtroom and they will consider the punishments past and present.
The Applied Diploma in Criminology will give students a fundamental understanding of criminal behaviour and how it affects behaviour in society. The course compliments many other subjects at A-level such as sociology, law, psychology, health and social care and many of our students go onto study degrees in subjects such as forensic psychology, law, sociology, criminology, police studies and more. Students are fascinated with the idea of crime in society, what influences criminality and what we can do to effectively protect society. This course offers students the opportunity explore criminological debates, discuss relevant crimes that are happening in the world on a daily basis and consider their own morality in one of the most evolving subjects in college and universities.

Curriculum Intent Statement

Sociology and Criminology students deserve an inspiring and thought-provoking curriculum which will embed skills and knowledge, for future learning and employment.
Our Sociology and Criminology curriculum will give students the opportunity to:

  • Develop a wider understanding of sociological theory and apply this to topics in contemporary society such as crime and deviance, globalisation, the family, media and education.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply research methods to sociological ideas.
  • Enjoy a wide range of sociological and criminological explanations which help them connect with contemporary society.
  • Develop new skills and knowledge that will support them to achievement in school, future learning and work
  • Promote a critical mind that questions theory, examples and ideas.
  • Write clearly, fluently and accurately using both sociological and criminological terminology
  • Produce neat, presentable work which the students can be proud of, but also can utilise correctly for their revision.
  • To be able to express their ideas, views and opinions about a wide range of criminological and sociological theory and debates.
  • To develop their confidence and independence, so that they contribute positively to the life of the school and wider society. 
PedagogyEnrichmentEnrichment
Our pedagogy is underpinned by:
– A systematic approach to the teaching and learning including a structured scheme of work which allows for delivery of the sociology content.
– The regular use of exemplar answers to demonstrate how to achieve the best grade possible.
– The use of exam questions throughout the delivery of the course to ensure students know how to link knowledge to the requirements of the exam board.
– A range of revision strategies to deepen knowledge to support their learning of a complex course content.
– Offering students the opportunity to reflect on their work and improve to strive to achieve their target grade.
We will enrich our curriculum by:
– Establishing cross-curricular links with Psychology and Law.
– Provide regular on and off-site subject or topic related experiences such as visits
– Encourage students to contribute to the life of the school and the community.
– Developing partnerships with external providers that extend children’s opportunities for learning including the police and prison service.
Our curriculum will enable students to:
– Learn within a structure, systematic scheme of work.
– Develop new skills through a variety of interesting topics such as crime, deviance and the media.
– Develop a deep subject knowledge including linking contemporary examples to theory.
– Understand what they are learning and why it’s important in relation to the course.
– Encourage students to reflect on how they can improve their work and why it’s important.
– Enhance their spiritual, social, moral and cultural understanding through the use of criminological and sociological examples (i.e. Stephen Lawrence, feral children, criminal laws etc.)