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GCSE Sociology

What is the course about?

Many people study sociology to broaden their minds and enable them to see their world in new and interesting ways. Sociologists are interested in how society works and the effects of humans on the world around them. People who study sociology at GCSE often go on to enjoy success in the social sciences at A level. Students will gain a range of valuable skills, such as how to work independently as well as part of a team. Students will learn how to find information, extract what is important from it and turn it into an argument.

How is this GCSE assessed?

There is no coursework component. There are two exams that will be taken at the end of Year 11.

What topics will I study?

Unit 1: Sociology basics. We will explore the various methods used to investigate society. We explore themes such as status, power relationships in society, cultural differences and how each of these are affected by religion, gender and class. We study the role of the family in depth, looking at the way family structure has changed over time. We also cover education, looking in particular at why some groups of pupils do better than others at school.

Unit 2: Socialisation, culture and identity. This explores the nature of youth, and youth subcultures such as gangs. We will also research areas of crime what causes crime, who is most likely to commit crime, and why. We explore the role of the media in modern society and the inequalities that exist between different groups in society.

What kind of class activities will there be?

Sociology is a discussion and writing-based course; therefore class time will consist of:

  • Discussions and debates.
  • Role plays and decision making activities.
  • Essay writing and evaluation tasks.
  • Individual and group research.

What kind of homework assignments will there be?

  • Written work.
  • Revising for exam-style questions.
  • Presenting information in a variety of ways.

What are the most interesting parts of the GCSE course?

The course is interesting to anyone who enjoys learning about and interacting with people. You will offer opinions to the issues of our society today, and what you learn will be transferable to other subjects as well as to your own personal life.