The Social Sciences curriculum for Sixth Form students at Wymondham High Academy Trust provides a choice of six subjects which challenge, inspire and motivate. Each subject offers students a unique perspective on the world around us and provides students with the skills to apply theories and concepts to the real world. As subjects with external examinations and assessments the precise subject content is governed by the relevant exam board content. However, teachers ensure that this is the basis for the curriculum and does not limit it. The precise exam board chosen is influenced by the specification content, the nature of the assessment and how the specification complements and builds on the knowledge and skills of our Sixth Form students. Our approach is to explain the world around us and therefore enrich student lives. This means that current events, trends and examples are used to underpin the syllabus taught. Importantly none of the subjects require prior knowledge and teachers ensure that first lessons cater for the needs of those with some knowledge at GCSE and those who have started the subjects in Year 12. In addition, A Level teachers take care to ensure there is a strong foundation of knowledge from year one which is developed with the more challenging year two content.
A Level Sociology follows the AQA syllabus. Students new to the subject will find that, where possible, the topics taught are different to those taught in the main school. Students who have not previously studied the subject will find the course introduces them to key concepts such as macro and micro levels of society. We explore key themes such as class, gender and ethnicity throughout the units. At the beginning of Year 12 students complete a “Self and Society” project which enables them to consider different features of our society and their place in it. This also means that teachers gain an insight into their students relatively quickly. By the second year of the course students will be confident in articulating concepts using sociological language and will be able apply these to the more challenging essay questions.