Claremont High School Academy

Recovery Curriculum for A level Sociology and Psychology:


As a department our teaching practices rely on strong relationships between students and staff, and we will continue to strive to build and rebuild where necessary as a result of the recent lockdown. 

We will be making slight adjustments to how we will deliver both subjects going into year 13, in order to maximise time for revision of year 12 and 13 course content. Fortunately before lockdown both psychology and sociology had already covered the majority of content that was planned for year 12 and so we are in a strong position to recap content learnt remotely during lockdown at the start of year 13, and have enough time towards the exams period to have revision of the whole course.

We have always been heavily focused on delivering engaging and thought provoking lessons, and we will take the lessons we have learnt as a department during this lockdown period to ensure the new ways and practices pupils have developed with their learning continue to be utilised - for example we will make greater use of TEAMS for some assessments.









Sociology and Psychology A level 



If you are fascinated by the behaviour of others and why we act the way we do, then sociology is for you. Sociology seeks to understand all aspects of human social behaviour, including the social dynamics of small groups of people, large organisations, communities, institutions and even entire societies. Sociologists are typically motivated by their desire to better understand the fundamental principles of social life, believing that an understanding of these principles will help improve people’s lives through more enlightened and effective policies.

What is Sociology?

Sociology is the study of how society is organized and how we experience life.

Do you wonder what fuels our apparent fixation with celebrity? Is it that it provides endless, easily obtained content for our multiplying TV channels, newspaper pages and magazines? Could it be both? How far do the media affect how personal lifestyle choices are viewed by wider society? Or even something much more profound about the education system or the increasing levels of youth crime? 

If you become a sociology student you will discover how to think about these issues for yourself: what are the questions behind the questions? Generations of students have found that sociology makes them look at the world in new ways.

How is the course structured?

Year 12 – You will start with ‘Sociological theory and Methods’, then study ‘Education with Methods in Context’, and lastly you will study ‘The Family’.

Year 13 – ‘Crime and Deviance’ and ‘The sociology of Religion’.

The course is linear, which means you will sit your exams at the end of year 13. There are 3 exams.


For information and resources from the AQA website follow this link:



Psychology is the scientific study of human behaviour and experience and students will get the chance to discover more about the fascinating nature of human behaviour. Research in psychology seeks to understand and explain thought, emotion, and behaviour. Applications of psychology include mental health, performance enhancement, self-help, ergonomics, and many other areas.

What is Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of people, their minds and behaviour. How we think, how we act, react and interact individually and in groups. Psychology is concerned with all aspects of behaviour and the thoughts, feelings and motivations underlying such behaviour.

It is both a thriving academic discipline and a vital professional practice

It enables you stand back from your own life and think about your own feelings and behaviours a little more dispassionately.

How is the course structured?

Year 12—You will study a number of topics in this year, including Social Influence, Attachment, Memory,

research methods,  Psychopathology and different approached in psychology.

Year 13—Aggression, Schizophrenia, Biopsychology,

Gender, Issues and Debates and again Research


The course is linear, which means you will sit your exams at the end of year 13. There are 3 exams.


For information and resources from the AQA website follow this link:


Extra Curricular Opportunities at Key Stage 5

Sociology and Psychology are theory heavy and we need to try to bring those ideas to life. Over the years we have taken students on trips to the theatre to watch plays which resonate with the topics we study. We also take students on trips to museums such as the British Museum to view, for example, the impact religion has had on society over the centuries. We also take students to the Freud Museum to see where and how Freud developed his psychoanalysis. There are also exam specific trips to AQA focus tutorials leading up to the exams and Sociology in Action conferences we take students to. All of these extra curricular trips help to bring both Sociology and Psychology to life, and develops the understandings that students have of some of the key components of the courses they study.