Sociology GCSE

Examination Board: TBC

What is this subject and why should I study it?

In the study of GCSE Sociology learners will be encouraged to explore and debate contemporary social issues to enable them to challenge taken-for-granted assumptions and to question their everyday understanding of social phenomena. By following this course, learners will develop their own sociological awareness through active engagement with the contemporary social world.

Course Content and Assessment

Learners will be assessed through two external exams sat at the end of Y11. Each paper is 50% of the final GCSE grade. The exams will be a mixture of multiple choice, short and long answer questions that test their knowledge, application and evaluation of theories, concepts, evidence and research methods. Both papers will have a synoptic element of assessment across all content.

Paper 1 will focus on the Sociology of families and education as well as introducing learners to key sociological theories and research methods. The study of this content will raise questions such as what is the role of the family in society? What is the function of the institution of school in society including schools relationship to capitalism?

Paper 2 will focus on the Sociology of crime, defiance and social stratification. The study of this content will raise questions such as what causes crime and what factors in society affect criminal and deviant behaviour? What formal and informal social control do we experience in society? What causes social inequality and what factors affect life chances?