S4-6 Sociology

Staff – Mrs Regnart

    • Sociology allows pupils to develop skills for learning, skills for life and skills for work whilst experiencing challenge and success.
    • Social subjects in S4 provide a strong platform for later learning and for successful transition to Higher Sociology for all pupils.

Pupils will experience a wide range of activities throughout the course and will focus on the following 4 key aspects:

1. Human Society: this unit examines ways of seeing the world from different sociological perspectives and the way we collect information about social trends using research methods.

2. Social Issues: two topics are covered in this unit – Social inequality and the British education system. We will be asking questions like: ’How often do working class people go from ‘rags to riches’ and move from class 7 to class 1?’ and ’why do different social classes and ethnic groups get different exam results?’.

3. Culture and Identity: this unit explores a person’s identity and culture, looking at the factors that shape the way we see ourselves as Scottish, British, male, female etc. We will look at all aspects of culture, from popular culture like McDonalds and X Factor to high culture like ballet and opera.

4. Coursework:  an investigation into a social issue will be chosen by pupils. This is sent off to SQA for marking and worth 30 out of the total of 90 marks – 33% of the course. This will develop research skills for higher education and the workplace, and help those who get anxious about exams to feel more confident, knowing they have already achieved a third of the course.

Throughout each aspect pupils will evaluate performance, identify development needs, plan and implement a programme of work for improvement.

Progression Pathways in Higher Sociology

Subjects such as National 5 Psychology, English, Geography, History and Modern Studies offer numerous progression pathways into the senior phase. Sociology is heavily based on essay writing so a good level of English is advisable. Most pupils would follow a pathway which would allow them to pursue Higher Sociology in S5 or S6; however there are several flexible routes to cater for all learners.

Sociology pathway