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Examination Board: AQA

Exact Course Title: GCSE Sociology

Why should I choose to study Sociology?

Sociology is the study of human societies, how they work and how they change.  Sociologists look at the way in which people’s behaviour, beliefs and identity are shaped. Doing sociology will make you look at the world in a completely new way.

What will I learn?

  1. The sociological approach
  2. Social structures, social processes and social issues
  3. Families
  4. Education
  5. Crime and Deviance
  6. Social stratification
  7. Sociological research methods

What will be expected of me?

Sociology is a subject for those who like to discuss, question and understand the world they live in. As such it is important that students are willing to take part in class discussions, have an open mind and are able to use evidence to create arguments.  It is a subject that requires a high level of reading and writing. Students need to get to grips with sophisticated terminology in order to analyse the social world around them. A keen interest in current affairs is also important.

What skills will I develop?

Students will develop the ability to analyse a wide range of information in order to create logical argument and evaluation. Students will develop an up to date awareness of the social world around them, considering trends in the UK and the world. Students will experience undertaking a range of social research methods from questionnaires to observations.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is by two exams at the end of Year 11. Each exam is 1 hour 45 minutes long. There is no coursework in sociology.

Where will this qualification lead me? 

Sociology is a useful qualification in a wide range of employment sectors such as journalism, teaching, social work, law, criminal justice system, caring profession, research, government, healthcare, charities, pressure groups, education, media, marketing and business. Students could continue on to undertake sociology A level. A large amount of sociology can also be found in other level 3 courses such as geography, history, law, politics, economics, RE, media, psychology, business studies, health and social care and sports science.