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Sociology (Key Stage 5)

Head of Department - Miss S O'Loughlin

Curriculum Ambition

The study of Sociology must focus on contemporary society and foster the development of critical and reflective thinking with a respect for social diversity. It must provide an awareness of the importance of social structure and social action in explaining social issues. Students must be encouraged to develop their own sociological awareness through active engagement with the contemporary social world. These specifications have been designed with the clear objective of addressing the requirements above and will encourage students to:

  • acquire knowledge and a critical understanding of contemporary social processes and social changes
  • appreciate the significance of theoretical and conceptual issues in sociological debate
  • understand and evaluate sociological methodology and a range of research methods through active involvement in the research process
  • develop skills that enable individuals to focus on their personal identity, roles and responsibilities within society
  • develop a lifelong interest in social issues.

Sociology is offered to students at A level.  It is taught by specialist members of staff who enthuse about their subject.  Students follow the AQA Specification.  They study ‘Families’ and ‘Education' in Year 12. In Year 13 they study 'The impact of the media' and 'Crime and Deviance'.  Throughout the course, they study sociological methods.

Students enjoy the mix of teaching styles from discussion and debate to presentations and use of visual material.

More information from AQA can be found at


The Sociology Department
Head of Department Miss S O'Loughlin
Teachers of Sociology Mr A Bennett
Mr S Keifer

Poynton High School & Performing Arts College

Yew Tree Lane, Poynton, Cheshire SK12 1PU

01625 871 811