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Sociology is delivered by an enthusiastic, experienced and imaginative team who enjoy encouraging students to question and debate what other people think about social and political issues in order to help develop informed opinion. Teaching is based in the sixth form building, with its own computer suite and up-to-date resources allowing students to experience a variety of learning styles which include seminar work, actual sociological research, relevant documentaries and current affairs programmes and visiting speakers. Drawing on topical issues and personal experience students are able to study social institutions and how they operate and affect our lives. Areas of particular interest include family and households, the education system, mass media, belief systems, political decision making and social policy. These contain important themes such as culture, identity and different types of inequality and conflict. Students assess the influence that ethnicity, class, age and gender have on opportunities and life chances. An important aim of the department is to help students develop a critical awareness of society and to question assumptions enabling them to make sense of a complex and rapidly changing world. It is a very successful department equipping students to progress into competitive university courses and a hugely diverse range of careers. Studying sociology at Fortismere will provide valuable personal enrichment, political literacy and greater social insight in preparation for whichever direction life takes you.


GCSE Sociology OCR - 2 year course

  • Unit B671: Sociology Basics
    A critical understanding of sociological evidence and research processes
  • Unit B672: Socialisation, Culture and Identity
    Topics which develop the themes of socialisation, culture, identity, power and control.
  • Unit B673: Applying Sociological Research Techniques
    Apply sociological research knowledge to two pre-released investigations

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This demanding course aims to develop valuable academic and social skills, which can be transferred to a range of professions and courses in Higher Education e.g. Medicine, Law or Social Work. Critical awareness, political literacy and informed opinion are encouraged with the ultimate aim of developing the whole person. Sociology approaches its dealings with the social world in a structured and scientific way, prompting reappraisal of 'partial' subjective ways of seeing the world.

Entry Requirements

Sociology GCSE at Grade B or above is useful but not essential. Students should preferably have obtained Grade B GCSE English or above. It is essential that students continuing with A2 attend lessons after the AS modular exams in the Summer Term and would normally be expected to have achieved a Grade C or above.

AQA Specification 2190 AS and A2  Sociology

  • AS Unit 1: Families and Households
  • AS Unit 2: Education; Sociological Methods
  • A2 Unit 3: Beliefs in Society; Mass Media;
  • A2 Unit 4: Stratification and Differentiation; Theory and Methods

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Stand alone AS qualification provides a lively and interesting introduction to Sociology as well as a sound basis for progression on to the full A-Level.

Course Content

The course offers flexibility with course work/non course work routes as well as a choice of topics within both AS and A2 assessment units.

Course Outline - AS

Unit 1:

Families and Households; Health; Mass Media
1 hour exam - one data response question

35% of AS marks. 17% of A-Level marks.

Unit 2:

Education; Wealth, Poverty and Welfare
1 hour exam - one data response question

35% of AS marks. 17% of A-Level marks.

Unit 3, Either:

1 hour exam - one data response question on Sociological Methods

30% of AS marks. 15% of A-Level marks.


Course work task


Course Outline - A2

Unit 4:

Power and Politics; Religion
1 hour exam - one short data response question and one essay chosen from two

15% of A-Level marks.

Unit 5W:

1 hour exam - one compulsory data response question and one essay on Theory and Methods chosen from two.

15% of A-Level marks.

Unit 5C:

Course work

Unit 6:

(Synoptic Unit)
Crime and Deviance; Stratification and Differentiation
1 hour exam - one three part synoptic question.

20% of A-Level marks.






Activities/Learning Methods

While concentrating on the Sociology of Modern Britain, the course encourages comparison with other societies in both contemporary and historical terms. A variety of approaches are used including the use of seminar work, actual research, appropriate documentaries and current affairs programmes and visiting speakers. Students are expected to read widely, participate in class discussions and to draw upon their own experience, in order to be active in the learning process. Visits to Sixth Form Sociology Conferences provide a stimulating alternative learning situation and essential information about examination technique.

Extra Curricular

We offer a variety of extra curricular activities throughout the academic year:

  • Update conferences for enrichment, revision and examination techniques
  • An intra-department discussion group once a month to debate topical issues relevant to all social science subjects.

Contact the Department

Sullivan, Ms K Deputy Head and Sociology Teacher