GCSE Sociology helps students to gain knowledge and understanding of key social structures, processes and issues through the study of families, education, crime and deviance and social stratification. By studying Sociology, students will develop transferable skills including how to:
- investigate facts and make deductions
- develop opinions and new ideas on social issues
- analyse and better understand the social world.
Students will study and complete 7 units of work:
- The sociological approach
- Social structures, social processes and social issues
- Crime and deviance
- Social stratification
- Sociological research methods
These units are assessed by two 1 hour 45 minute exams, each worth 50% at the end of the course.
- GCSE Sociology – Single Award equivalent to one GCSE
Students should have a keen interest in the world around them and be prepared to consider different points of view. They should be able to question and challenge information and use this to formulate their own evidence based opinions.
Pupils studying GCSE Sociology will have the opportunity to experience a wide range of enrichment activities. There will be an opportunity to visit a local court during the Crime and Deviance unit, as well as the opportunity to engage in debates surrounding key topical issues.
Pupils will need the basic school equipment stated in their organiser, as well as a USB stick.
Three ways you can help your child in the subject
- Encourage them to watch the news, read newspapers and watch relevant documentaries
- Discuss with your child topical issues, encouraging them to consider alternative points of view whenever possible
- Ensure your child comes to school properly equipped and ready to learn