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Students study at least 3 A Levels or a BTEC Course. Those studying A Levels have three lessons per subject per week, each lasting one hundred minutes and BTEC students have 9 lessons per subject, also one hundred minutes each. Students are also expected to complete several hours per day of independent study, both at home and during the study periods available to them. We are a Sixth Form that produces confident and independent leaders, fully prepared for the future. Every summer our Year 13 students leave our Sixth Form as mature, well rounded young adults



Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. At Bishop Challoner Catholic Federation of Schools we deliver a high-quality Art and Design education. We provide a curriculum which engages, inspires and challenges pupils. This equips them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they are able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of the subject. They learn how art and design both reflect and shape our history and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

A level Art and Design                                                                                     

Year 12                                                                                                                  

In year 12 students will explore a wide range of visual artists and practitioners whose work links to a theme. In the first year the theme will be 'Concealed and Revealed'. Students experiment with a range of techniques, materials and processes and can be ambitious about what they create as a final outcome.                        

Year 13                                                                                                                 

In year 13 the theme is self-directed. Students will create their own personal responses, exploring a variety of fine art techniques and processes to link to the artist’s work they have studied. Students will resolve their experimentation with a final outcome supported by a critical essay, linked to their self-directed theme.

Externally Set Assignment                                                                         

This is set by the exam board towards the end of year 13. As with the coursework unit, students explore a wide range of visual artists and practitioners whose work links to the exam theme. Students will then create their own personal responses, exploring a variety of fine art techniques and processes to link the visual artist’s work they have studied to their own practical work. Students will resolve their experimentation during a 15 hour practical exam, in which time they will create a final outcome for the unit.

Business and Economics

The study of Business and Economics are two exceeding important areas that affect everyone, every day of their lives. You will learn about how the businesses make decisions that affect what you buy and how much you earn. You will study topics that allow you to develop your leadership and management skills and work towards setting up your own businesses. You will also study how economic theory can affect people, businesses and world economies.

Studying Business and Economics courses will allow you to access courses at university and ultimately can allow you to work in many business related careers such as: Accountancy, Business Management, Business Analyst, Economist, 

At A Level you can study A Level Economics, A Level Business and or BTEC Business. You will be able to study a combination of these subjects to give yourself a fully rounded understanding of how business and economics interact.

A level Economics includes the study of supply and demand and of how economies work to meet the unlimited demands of people bearing in mind that there are limited resources. You will study elements of microeconomics (the theory of the firm and labour markets) and macroeconomics (the study of national, international and development economics). You will study topics such as market failure and government intervention and indicators of national economic performance.

Computer Science

Computer Science gives students a real, in depth understanding of how computer technology works. It offers an insight into what goes on ‘behind the scenes’, including computer programming, which many students find captivating. Throughout the key stages students develop critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills, which can be transferred to further learning and to everyday life. Students who want to go on to higher study and employment in the field of computer science will find it provides an excellent stepping stone.

The A Level Computer Science course consists of three components. The first component assesses the students’ ability to program using an on-screen exam. It draws upon their theoretical knowledge of computer science which include; Fundamentals of Programming, Data Structures and Algorithms as well as the Theory of Computation. They are also required to write, adapt and extend programs provided by the exam board.

The second component tests students’ knowledge about the Fundamentals of Data Representation, Computer Systems, Computer Organisation and Architecture, Communication and Networking, Databases and Functional Programming. Ethical topics include a study into The Consequences of uses of computing and Big Data.

The final component - a non-exam assessment – tests students’ ability to use the knowledge and skills gained through the course to solve or investigate a practical problem by following a systematic approach.

Its study supports literacy and numeracy development whilst encouraging computational thinking. The rapid growth in the computing technology sector has a seen in increase in the proportion of our students studying the subject beyond GCSE and A level, particularly in a degree in Computer Games Design and Software Engineering.

Students are examined and accredited by AQA

Design and Technology

Our mission is to provide opportunities for pupils at Bishop Challoner Catholic School to develop as well rounded individuals who are confident and capable of realising their full potential, through application of acquired skills and problem solving. We see the preparation of our pupils for citizenship in a global technological society as integral to our planning of teaching and learning. To that end we are developing our links with cutting edge designers, universities, Colleges, Art and Design, Science and engineering organisations and industry specialists to bring the real world technological experiences into the classroom.

GCE give students the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of design orientated careers. They investigate in more detail the historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology, whist enjoying opportunities to put their learning into practice by producing prototypes of their choice. Students gain a real understanding of what it means to be a designer, alongside the knowledge and skills sought by higher education and employers. We at Bishop Challoner have been establishing industrial links and compete in design competitions, so our pupils can expand their design experience outside of the classroom. 

We offer AQA GCE Product Design and Textiles at KS5. Students can submit multiple or one controlled assessment project, which is worth 50% of the final grade. At the end of year two students sit two 2 hour examinations worth 50% of the final grade.

The Design and Technology Faculty consists of eight well-resourced rooms. Two of our rooms have full computer suites, which facilitates the teaching of systems and control and CAD/CAM. The remaining rooms have a minimum of two PCs as well as a stand-alone PC, which are dedicated machines to run CAD/CAM equipment. Specialist Design & Technology software allows us to integrate ICT across all of the learning and teaching, whilst reinforcing pupil’s ability to refine their personal thinking skills alongside developing their literacy. The Design & Technology Faculty consists of six teachers all of whom are specialists in one or more of our curriculum areas. We have two technicians and a subject specialist teaching assistant.


Want to be a good Diagnostician in medicine? You need an imagination.

*Want to be a lawyer who owns the courtroom with persuasive ideas that win the case? You need an imagination.

*Want to be an internationally best-selling author? You need an imagination.

*Want to be a BAFTA award winning actor/actress? You need an imagination.

To generate those ideas that make you stand out from the crowd, you need to develop and practice that imagination…continually.


In Drama, we do just that. Through extensive practical explorations combined with rigorous theoretical analyses, you will become a confident, creative communicator not just on stage but in the board room, the courtroom and the work arena.

Year 12 

1) The purpose of “play”

2) Stimulus based exploration and the study and practical exploration of two practitioners: Stephen Berkoff and Antonin Artaud

3) Component 1 – Devising

4) Component 2 Begins – Performance from text – Group and monologue

5) Component 3 begins – Live theatre evaluation


Year 13 

1) Component 2 is finished and performances are examined externally

2) Component 3 is studied as you realise a text in a different way to the original, as a director. Students also write a review of a live performance as well as interpreting a performance text. All three elements are examined in a 2hr 30 minute exam paper.

You will also work with industry professionals from HalfMoon Theatre and RADA as they learn the ins and outs of the Arts industry.


The study of English provides the fundamental skills necessary to create opportunities for our students and their futures. By studying a variety of texts, both fiction and non-fiction, students are not only prepared for their GCSE and A-Level exams, but are also given a solid foundation on which to build analytical skills and an enjoyment of reading. The curriculum has been carefully designed at each key stage to stretch and challenge pupils to reach their full potential. In addition to classroom lessons, the English faculty also offers a variety of after school clubs and writing competitions to celebrate the talent of our students.

A-Level Literature:

  • Frankenstein
  • The Handmaid's Tale
  • Modern Poetry
  • Larkin- Selected Poems
  • Othello
  • The Duchess of Malfi


Geography provokes and answers questions about the natural and human worlds, using different scales of enquiry to view them from different perspectives. It develops knowledge of places and environments throughout the world, an understanding of maps, and a range of investigative and problem solving skills both inside and outside the classroom. Geography explains the past, illuminates the present and prepares us for the future. What can be more important than that?

A Level Geography covers:

Human geography: Globalisation, Regenerating places, Diverse places, Superpowers

Physical Geography: Tectonic processes and hazards, Glaciated landscapes, Coastal landscapes

Combined topics: Water cycle and water Insecurity, Carbon cycle and energy security.

+ 4 days of compulsory fieldwork

Exam Board: Edexcel

Health and Social Care

Health and Social Care is a vocational subject available to learners aged 14+. It is a BTEC First qualifications where the skills learnt in studying this will aid progression to further study and prepare learners to enter the workplace in due course. In the health and social care sector, typical employment opportunities may be as an apprentice or in a supervised entry role, depending on specific job requirements and age restrictions. This qualification provides learners with a taste of what the health and social care sector is like, enabling them to make informed choices about their future career.

BTEC Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care Level 3 is taught in Year 12 and 13. It is a two year course which consists of thirteen units taught over the two years. There are eleven units of coursework and four exam units which students have the opportunity re-sit. Each unit consists of a variation of guided learning hours ranging from 60-120 where students have the opportunity to gain marks which are graded as Pass Merit and Distinction.
There are eight mandatory units which must be completed and 11 optional units where five are chosen to study.

This course will help:

  • Prepare learners for the world of work
  • Can lead to university degrees in the Health and Social Care field
  • Develop learners knowledge and understanding of the health and social care system

This course is recommended to those interested in working and caring for people that need help and support. This can be children, young people, vulnerable adults and the elderly. This course is also recommended for those that want to run their own health or social care business but want and insight to different areas within this field. If you are interested in careers such as midwifery, counselling, dietetics & nutrition, human rights, nursing and more, then this is the course for you.


More so now than ever, history allows us to understand the world we live in today; to challenge misconceptions about the past, to identify cause and consequence, changes and developments. History encourages classroom debate and discussion, helps develop student independence and opinion, and crucially provides a set of analytical and communication skills that are transferable across many forms of employment, whether you want to teach history, become a business manager, a doctor or a lawyer! It is a profoundly engaging subject that fuels students’ curiosity and encourages people to ask ‘what if’ and ‘why?’

What you will study at A Level (100-120 Words)

The Cold War in Europe 1945-1995

Was there a mid-Tudor crisis?

From Ottomans to Arab Spring: the Middle East 1908-2011

Self-topic unit

Further information:

Bishop Challoner History Department staff are passionate, wildly enthusiastic historians and subject experts, having studied at top universities like LSE, Oxford and Cambridge. We love history, and believe it is a subject that empowers young minds, promotes tolerance and respect, as well emphasising how the past resonates directly with the lives we lead today. Above that, we think it is fascinating!

We are honoured to be able to offer several trips as we believe that direct engagement with the past gives students a greater appreciation and understanding of the history they learn in the classroom.  Year 9 students participate in a commemorative commonwealth trip to WW1 sites in Belgium, GCSE students visit Poland and Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, and A Level students complete a field trip to Berlin. Most recently Bishop Challoner was invited to lay a wreath at the Menin Gate in Belgium as part of the WW1 centenary commemorations out of every school in the country!

We are exceptionally proud of our results and provide a number of intervention strategies to help students make progress, from mentoring, exam skills and providing revision guides.

Our students gain offers to study at Oxford University, as well as top universities like Durham, Exeter and Warwick, and we actively support students in making these applications, providing personal statement guidance and interview practice.

We are honoured to be part of the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Lessons from Auschwitz Project, where our students have used their experience of visiting the trip to become Holocaust Community Ambassadors- even speaking in front of Mayor Sadiq Khan!

Additionally, we have been awarded Holocaust Beacon School Status from UCL in recognition of our scheme of work on the Holocaust and ‘myth busting’ students’ misconceptions- we hold a ‘Quality Mark’ which means we are recognised as a leading department nationally.

Studying history at Bishop ultimately gives students an opportunity to immerse themselves in the past; through meeting WW2 veterans and Holocaust survivors, to completing independent learning projects and actively pursuing their own historical research, to literally using the historic environment around them- from the Tower of London, to Cable Street!


In A Level Mathematics you will study Pure Mathematics, Mechanics and Statistics.

You will sit three externally-examined papers:           Pure Mathematics 1

            Pure Mathematics 2

            Mechanics and Statistics


In Pure Mathematics you will study 10 different topics.

The topics are:


Algebra and functions

Coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane

Sequences and series


Exponentials and logarithms



Numerical methods



The Statics and Mechanics Paper will consist of two sections

Section A: Statistics

Statistical sampling

Data presentation and interpretation


Statistical distributions

Statistical hypothesis testing

Section B: Mechanics

Quantities and units in mechanics


Forces and Newton’s laws



In A level Further Mathematics you will sit four externally-examined papers.

Each paper is 1hr 30mins and makes up 25% of your grade


Paper 1: Core Pure Mathematics 1

Paper 2: Core Pure Mathematics 2

Content Overview:

Proof, Complex numbers, Matrices, Further algebra and functions, Further calculus, Further vectors, Polar coordinates, Hyperbolic functions, Differential equations Assessment overview


Paper 3: Further Mathematics Option 1

Students take one of the following four options:

A: Further Pure Mathematics 1

B: Further Statistics 1

C: Further Mechanics 1

D: Decision Mathematics 1


Paper 4: Further Mathematics Option 2

A: Further Pure Mathematics 2

B: Further Statistics 1

C: Further Mechanics 1

D: Decision Mathematics 1

E: Further Statistics 2

F: Further Mechanics 2

G: Decision Mathematics 2


“The media is the most powerful entity on Earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. They control the minds of the masses” – Malcolm X

Every day you are exposed to newspaper headlines, film trailers, advertising on billboards, and constant updates on your social media accounts. What could be more important than thinking critically about the messages you are receiving? How is your life impacted by the media you consume? How does the mainstream media manipulate the masses to maintain the status quo? What are the consequences? What are the alternatives? What might the future hold?

What you will study at A Level

At A-level (Eduqas) you will have the opportunity to discuss a diverse range of media texts from Beyonce’s music videos, to French science fiction drama, to Assassin’s Creed. You will explore, analyse, and evaluate the ideas and arguments from theoretical debates about the media, engaging with theorists such as bell hooks, Stuart Hall, and Laura Mulvey, to discuss key issues including race, class, and gender. You will also have the opportunity to create your own media products including music videos, magazines, and short films.

What you will study at BTEC L3

We offer the Digital Creative Media Production Extended Diploma which is the equivalent of 3 A-levels. This course is also two years in length and consists of 13 units of work, 4 of which are externally assessed. Units studied include: short fictional film production; photography and image manipulation techniques; page layout and design for magazines and film posters; and advertising. Within these units you will learn about the way products are constructed, will plan and prepare your own productions, and present your final production pieces. This is a great course for those who want to develop their media skills and begin developing their own ideas and build a portfolio of work.  Please visit our Weebly site where you will find the most up to date student handbook with a detailed breakdown of the course units, as well as links to our student blogs where you will find all their coursework.



he MFL Faculty strives to prepare students for a globalised world where the importance and relevance of foreign language learning has never been greater, given the wider opportunities for contacts abroad both at work and in leisure time.

Learning a language maximises opportunities for future employment in the UK, and offers a stimulating intellectual experience and a challenge which is worthwhile in itself. It also supports English literacy acquisition.

We believe that gaining insight into other cultures leads to greater tolerance and contributes to breaking barriers of racism and xenophobia.

Whenever possible and appropriate, we use authentic material to support teaching and learning.


Year 12 :

Thème 1 : Les changements dans la société francaise.

  1. Les changements dans les structures familiales
  2. L’éducation
  3. Le monde du travail

Thème 2 : La culture politique et artistique dans les pays francophones.

  1. La musique
  2. Les media
  3. Les festivals et les traditions

Year 13 :

Theme 3 : L’immigration et la societe multiculturelle francaise

  1. L’impact positif de l’immigration en France
  2. Les defies de l’immigration et de l’integration.
  3. L’extrême droite.

Thème 4 : L’Occupation et la Résistance

  1. La France occupée
  2. Le régime de Vichy
  3. La Résistance



Year 12

Tema 1: La evalución de la sociedad española

  1. El cambio en la estructura familiar
  2. El mundo laboral
  3. El impacto turístico en España

Tema 2: La cultura politica y artística del mundo hispanohablante

  1. La música
  2. Los medios de comunicación
  3. Los festivals y las tradiciones

Year 13

Tema 3: La inmigración y la sociedad multicultural española

  1. El impacto positico de la inmigración en la sociedad española
  2. Enfrentando los desafíos de la inmigración y la integración en España
  3. La reacción social y pública hacia la inmigración en España

Tema 4: La dictadura franquista y la transición a la democracia

  1. La Guerra Civil  y el ascenso de Franco (1936- 1939)
  2. La Dictadura franquista
  3. La transición de la dictadura a la democracia


1 literary text + 1 film (see Edexcel prescribed list).

Exam  ( Edexcel) :

  • Listening, reading and translation ( 40 %). 2 hours
  • Writing and translation ( 30%) 2h40
  • Speaking (30 %) 21-23 minutes.

The Faculty subscribes to several language websites and software such as Rosetta Stone, activeteach and dynamic learning.


The aim of the PE Faculty at Bishop Challoner School is to promote physical activity that enables our students to progress physically, socially and academically.
We believe that PE is unique in its ability to develop positive character traits such as determination, discipline and team work.
As a Faculty we work tirelessly to provide opportunity for all our students to participate in competitive sport throughout the year that encourages commitment and endeavour to achieve excellence. We aim to compete at the highest level possible. Borough, county and national successes in football and athletics and various other sports are all testimony to the efforts of the staff, students and their families.


Our A-level Physical Education qualifications allow students to play to their strengths and gain dynamic theoretical and practical skills for further education or work.

Subject content

  1. Applied anatomy and physiology
  2. Skill acquisition 
  3. Sport in society 
  4. Exercise physiology and Biomechanical movement 
  5. Sport psychology 
  6. Sport and society and the role of technology in physical activity and sport 
  7. NEA coursework – written/verbal analysis of performance 


Cambridge Technical Level 3 Sport and Physical Activity

The qualifications aim to develop your students’ knowledge, understanding and skills of the principles of Sport and Physical Activity. Students will gain an insight into the sector as they investigate opportunities for delivering sport and physical activity to a wide range of participants, whether it is to mobilise sedentary people to improve their health and wellbeing or to support regular participants to improve their performance and fitness, all done in a safe and professional environment.  Students will be assessed through via internally assignments and externally assessed exam papers over the two years of study. Students complete 4 examinable units which is externally moderated in year 12 and 13 coursework units which is internally moderated.

NB School PE lessons and sports fixtures are often offsite. Please contact the PE Staff via reception for more details. 


Politics A-Level is the study of how the political system operates in the UK and across the globe. It is an exciting and rewarding course that encourages students to not only develop their knowledge of different process and systems but develop skills in formulating an argument and presenting it in a convincing manner. Politics is a useful subject as it touches every aspect of our lives and gives students the tools to critically evaluate the current political system. Politics students typically pursue careers in law, government, education and the media.

Year 1

Political Participation:

• Democracy and participation, political parties in the UK, electoral systems, voting behaviour and the media.

UK Government:

• The constitution, parliament, Prime Minister and executive, relationships between the branches (executive, judiciary and legislature).

Core Political Ideas:

• Conservatism, liberalism, socialism.


Year 2

Non-core political ideas:

• Feminism, including liberal, socialist, radical and difference feminism.

For Global students will study:

•  sovereignty and globalisation, global governance: political and economic, global governance:

Human rights and environmental, power and developments, regionalism and the European Union, comparative theories.

Exam Board – Edexcel


Psychology is a fascinating subject that examines the human mind and human behaviour. It helps to explain how we think and feel individually and in different social groups. Psychology is a broad subject that covers a range of interesting topics including sleep, relationships and schizophrenia. Psychology students find this subject particularly rewarding as they can apply the material they learn in class to themselves and others around them. Successful psychology students typically pursue careers in counselling, education and mental health.


Year 1

· Psychological approaches including behaviourist, cognitive, biological,  psychodynamic, humanistic approaches, and the social learning theory

· Research methods, including experiments, observation, correlation, distribution, statistics, sign tests, self-reports

· Social influence, including conformity, obedience, social change and social control.

· Memory, including multi-store model, working memory model, interference, retrieval; failure and eye-witness testimony.

· Attachment, including learning theory, monotropic theory, maternal deprivation and privation and influence of early attachment.

· Psychopathology including, phobias, depression and OCD.

· Biopsychology


Year 2

· Issues and debates in psychology including freewill vs determinism, holism vs reductionism and individual vs situational explanation of behaviour

· Relationships, including formation, maintenance, dissolution, sexual selection, parental investment, childhood and cultural differences

· Aggression

· Schizophrenia

Religious Education

Religious Education is the core of the curriculum and provides a sound introduction to Roman Catholic teachings and the Gospel values of truth, justice, equality, forgiveness, peace and love. Throughout the key stages students study a variety of topics that enables them to develop their understanding of the Catholic faith and recognise the seeds of truth in other faith traditions. They gain understanding of what it means to be ‘People of God’ and the importance of faith in action.


A Level

Exam Board: OCR



OCR’s Religious Studies enables pupils to gain insight and knowledge into philosophy, ethical theory, and developments in Christian Thought.

It is wide-ranging course which uses skills of analysis, comprehension, and evaluation, to understand how humans think about religion, knowledge, and moral philosophy.

OCR’s A Level in Religious Studies will encourage learners to:

 • develop their interest in a rigorous study of religion and belief and relate it to the wider world

• develop knowledge and understanding appropriate to a specialist study of religion

 • develop an understanding and appreciation of religious thought and its contribution to individuals, communities and societies

 • adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of religion

• reflect on and develop their own values, opinions and attitudes in the light of their study.

The course is solely examined by essays; there is no coursework. Therefore, students should enjoy writing and reading essays to succeed on this course.

Subject Content

This is a brief overview of the content of the OCR course:


Philosophy of Religion


Developments in Religious Thought

  • Ancient Philosophical Influences
  • The Nature of the Soul, Mind, and Body
  • Arguments for the existence and non-existence of God
  • The Nature and Impact of Religious Experience
  • The Challenge of the Problem of Evil
  • Normative ethical theories (natural law, situation ethics, Kantian ethics, utilitarianism)
  • The application of ethical theories to two contemporary issues (euthanasia and business ethics)
  • Augustine on human nature
  • Death and the afterlife
  • Knowledge of God
  • Person of Jesus Christ
  • Christian moral principles
  • Christian moral action


A2-Level/Year 13:

Philosophy of Religion


Developments in Religious Thought

  • Religious Language, classical and modern views
  • Ideas about the nature and attributes of God


  • Sexual Ethics
  • Conscience (Aquinas & Freud)
  • Meta-ethics
  • Religious pluralism and society and theology
  • Gender and society and theology
  • Challenge of secularism
  • Liberation theology and Marx


Post-16 General RE

Our Catholic ethos of providing the best education for all pupils embraces Christ’s own call to love God, love self and love others. Whilst the spiritual development of all children is at the core of everything that we do at Bishop Challoner, we believe that it is particularly important to provide specific and regular opportunities within the Post-16 curriculum for spiritual learning, development and reflection, and this is the philosophy behind the ‘General RE’ programme.

General RE allows pupils to develop their knowledge of understanding Catholic teaching in light of topical and relevant issues. Since General RE is not externally examined, students are free to study this without the confines of an externally set examination. Unless they have chosen the A-Level in Religious Studies, all sixth form pupils have one lesson of General RE every fortnight.

The General RE SOW has been designed to ensure that our 11-19 curriculum is fully compliant with the requirements of the Religious Education Curriculum Directory provided by the Bishops of England and Wales.

Topics will include:

  • Human Rights
  • Human Trafficking
  • Philosophy of Religion


Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics)

Science allows us to explain the world around us, from the ways plants grow, to how the different parts of our body work together to space travel. It is a hugely varied and interesting subject that is well respected by higher education institutions and employers alike due to its academic rigour. Many specific career paths such as medicine, pharmacology, engineering and veterinary science require strong grades in this subject. However, any career choice would benefit from strong grades in science.

A levels are offered in all three sciences: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. We are lucky to have a highly experienced KS5 team with a range of specialisms underpinning strong teaching.

All A levels follow the OCR specifications. The first external assessment of these new specifications took place in June 2017, and improvements in outcomes continued with particularly impressive results in Biology and Physics (60% A-B and 100% A-B respectively).

Every course contains engaging material framed within an academically rigorous assessment schedule of three terminal exams, all with synoptic content. Throughout the two year courses, students engage with a series of practical activities which build analytical skills that are also tested by the terminal exams.

All three subjects are “facilitating subjects”: qualifications highlighted by the Russell Group Universities as being suitable to prepare students for the best possible higher education destinations.


Biology -

Chemistry -

Physics -

A Level: OCR Physics A, OCR Chemistry A, OCR Biology A


Sociology is the study of human social relationships and social institutions. Its purpose is to understand how human action and consciousness both shape and are shaped by surrounding cultural and social structures. Sociology is an exciting and illuminating subject that covers a range of topics such as crime, education, religion and families. It also examines the best methods to gather and analyse evidence about the social world covering a range of methods such as interviews, questionnaire and experiments. Sociology is an important subject for those interested in careers related to law, education, government policy and the third sector.

Year 1


•Role and function of education

•Differential achievement of social groups

•Relationships and processes within schools

•The significance of educational policies


Families and Households

•The relationship of the family to the social structure and social change

•Changing patterns of marriage, cohabitation, separation, divorce, childbearing and the life course

•Gender roles

•The nature of childhood

•Demographic trends


Year 1&2

Theory and Methods

•Qualitative/quantitative/primary/secondary methods

•Practical, ethical and theoretical issues

•Positivism and Interpretivism

•Functionalism, Marxism, Feminism, social interactionism, postmodernism

•Sociology as a science



Year 2

Beliefs in society

•Social change and social stability

•Religious organisations, including cults, sects, denominations, churches and New Age movements

•The relationship between different social groups and religious organisations



Crime and deviance

•Social order and social control

•The social distribution of crime and deviance by ethnicity, gender and social class


•Crime control, surveillance, prevention and punishment, victims, and the role of the criminal justice system


Exam board – AQA