Gable Hall School


The Sociology Department is a passionate team dedicated to creating a practical application to a theoretical curriculum; one of the only schools in Essex which offer Sociology at both GCSE Level and A Level. Our curriculum is designed to equip pupils with an understanding of how the interaction of formal and informal agents of socialisation work to either liberate or oppress its communities.  Our department has an extremely successful track record over a number of years and we are continually striving to achieve even better grades progressively each year. 


Key Stage 4

The KS4 cohorts will be studying the WJEC Sociology Legacy Specification (4510).  They will be graded from 9 to 1 under the new GCSE grading system.  All examinations will be closed text –meaning pupils will not be able to access the texts they have studied during the exam, therefore putting an emphasis on their ability to revise in preparation for examination.
Students in Magenta, Orange, Blue and Silver colour groups are currently offered this subject in year 9. The specification consists of studying the topics of Socialisation, Inequalities and Research Methods, Education and Crime & Deviance. 

Key Stage 5

The KS5 syllabus is written by the OCR board Psychology New Specification (H580 from 2015) 
It will encourage the development of critical awareness and understanding of individual works of literature which stems from the GCSE course though it is not necessary for students to have studied psychology at GCSE level to take the course. The course requires students to outline (A01), Illustrate & Apply (AO2) and Analyse/Evaluate (AO3) 11 topics over 2 years of study. The course is entirely exam based without any course work or assessment during the course. The students are graded from A* - U as they sit three end of course exams. Paper 1 consists of the topics Socialisation, Culture, Identity and the Family. Paper 2 consists of Social Inequalities and Research Methods. Paper 3 consists of Globalisation & the Digital Social World, and Crime & Deviance.  


Department Achievements


Mr D. Harries (Head of Social Science & Co-Head of Year 12&13)

Miss G. Chipperfield - Teacher of Psychology & Sociology

Miss C. Barrett - Teacher of Psychology & Sociology