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The Rugby Free Secondary sociology curriculum allows students to develop an understanding of the world around them and how different social structures, processes and issues impact their day to day lives, as well as the lives of others. 

This gives students an opportunity to delve deeper into the many areas of their life that will shape their behaviour, identity and beliefs, while respecting those with different experiences. This knowledge and skill set will equip them for further study, as well as ensuring they never view the world in the same way again.


You don't retire 

from sociology any 

more than you 

retire from life. 


Laurie Taylor

(BBC Radio 4 presenter)

Students will learn how sociologists strive to improve their society, making it a more equal place for all, but do so from different viewpoints, and show resilience when others critique them because of this. Our intent is that our students will be offered a curriculum which is academically rigorous, but also helps them to develop into curious and well-rounded young people, who will never view the world in the same way again.


Students will develop their debating skills, learn the importance of using evidence to support their arguments, and carry out their own small-scale research project. Mastery of these skills will allow students to continue to use them during their formal education, but also in daily life when watching the news, engaging in debates and forming their own conclusions about issues that society and individuals face. Sociology links with many other subjects, such as history, geography, religious studies and English, but also provides a firm foundation for the study of other social science subjects, such as psychology.

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What are they learning?


We provide a broad sociology curriculum that not only promotes mastery, but encourages students to be curious, resilient learners who can employ skills that will be used into higher education and beyond. The KS4 curriculum introduces sociological perspectives, and basic research skills, that can be built upon further at A level. Students will develop their ability to apply sociological concepts to real world events, analyse and evaluate different sociological perspectives, study key texts associated with some of the leading sociologists of the 20th century and use sociological concepts effectively. They will also be introduced to challenging terms and concepts through the study of twenty-five key texts that have shaped sociological thinking. Students will explore four key areas; Family and Households, Education, Crime and Deviance and Social Stratification. They will also learn about how sociologists carry out research and putting this in to practice when they complete their own small-scale research project within the school.

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