Curriculum Intent

Sociology is a Social Science which allows students to explore how the society they live in impacts the behaviour of the people within it and how individuals can have an impact on their society. By studying Sociology at The Dorcan Academy students will develop a lifelong interest in the world and community around them by exploring the differences between people within society and the different social issues that the world faces. The Dorcan Academy Sociologists use powerful knowledge of different Sociological Thinkers and Theories to develop informed opinions on issues such as the impact of gender, ethnicity, and class on their experiences of society. They become knowledge rich through linking new knowledge to previous knowledge and develop the skills to be able to articulate their views and challenge common misconceptions in their local and global communities.

Students develop their analytical, assimilation and communication skills by comparing and contrasting perspectives on a variety of social issues, constructing reasoned arguments, making substantiated judgements and drawing reasoned conclusions. Students will be able to ‘Think like a Sociologist’, using key terminology and theories to then be able to critique different views and form their own perspectives on society.


In Sociology last year, 50% of students achieved grades 9 to 5; and 64% achieved grades 9 to 4.

What we study – Topic Overview

 Term 1Term 2Term 3Term 4Term 5Term 6
Year 10Key and processes of cultural transmissionEducationEducationThe FamilyThe FamilySociological Research Methods
Year 11Crime and DevianceCrime and DevianceSocial Differentiation and StratificationSocial Differentiation and StratificationApplied Methods of Sociological Enquiry/RevisionRevision

Meet the team

Mr Tim Child, Assistant Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding and Assistant Lead

Curriculum Allocation

Students may choose Sociology as an option at GCSE and will receive 5 lessons a fortnight.

How we Assess

Year 10 and 11 follow the AQA GCSE specification and will be assessed by formal examination at the end of the two years. The first paper considers families and education, and the second paper looks at crime and deviance and social stratification. We undertake low stakes quizzes regularly, that allow us to consider and revisit key knowledge that we will then use in formal examinations and end of unit assessments.

Enrichment Opportunities

There are a lot of opportunities to consider current events; and where possible, guest speakers will support the provision and practical application of the subject.

The Dorcan Academy
St. Paul’s Drive
Covingham, Swindon
Wiltshire SN3 5DA
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The Dorcan Academy is a charitable company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales under company number 07831414. The registered office is St. Paul’s Drive, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN3 5DA.