Sociology GCSE

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. Students will develop their analytical, assimilation and communication skills by comparing and contrasting perspectives on a variety of social issues, constructing reasoned arguments, making substantiated judgements and drawing reasoned conclusions. 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.

You can find out about all our Sociology qualifications at: aqa.org.uk/sociology

 

Course Content

This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.

Subject content

  • The sociological approach
  • Social structures, social processes and social issues
  • Families
  • Education
  • Crime and deviance
  • Social stratification
  • Sociological research methods

 

Assessments


Paper 1: The sociology of families and education

What's assessed

  • The sociology of families
  • The sociology of education
  • Relevant areas of social theory and methodologyStudents will be expected to draw on knowledge and understanding of the entire course of study to show a deeper understanding of these topics.

Paper 2: The sociology of crime and deviance and social stratification

What's assessed

  • The sociology of crime and deviance
  • The sociology of social stratification
  • Relevant areas of social theory and methodology

Students will be expected to draw on knowledge and understanding of the entire course of study to show a deeper understanding of these topics.

Entry Requirements

Although there is no formal requirement, an interest in reading, writing and research would really help with study, success and progression. It would also help to have studied Sociology, History, and Religious Studies before embarking on a GCSE course. It helps to have an interest in the subject.

Duration and Delivery

One year, four hours per week. This GCSE can only be studied as part of the Full Time GCSE course. 

Progression

This course provides a strong foundation for further study at AS and A-level as well as

Vocational pathways. To support this progression, the assessment objectives, structure and titles are very similar to those detailed in the AS and A-level Sociology specification.

Additional Information

The exam board is AQA, the specification is GCSE Sociology and the syllabus number is 8192

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