Sociology GCSE

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What is GCSE Sociology?

GCSE Sociology aims to broaden students’ minds, helping them to see their world from different perspectives and in new and thought-provoking ways.

Why study this course?

GCSE Sociology provides an insight into living in modern Britain. It explores the influence of major institutions such as the family, and the education system etc. The course also investigates the significance of social factors such as social class, race & ethnicity and gender As part of the AQA GCSE specification, students will examine the impact of various social institutions upon individuals and groups, such as the media, the education system, the family and the criminal justice system

What can you expect from this course?

Studying sociology is useful in everyday life. It will open your eyes to many relevant things in society today, prepare to research some topics outside of lessons, read newspapers and question everything around you.

How is it assessed?

Two written exams

What can I do after completing this qualification?

Studying at a higher level such as A Levels and university. This course equips you with skills needed to gain successful employment in careers such as research, police, social work and plenty more! Sociology is all about studying people, society and the world – and every career needs these skills!

What will I study? (include unit numbers and names)

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

Additional activities within this subject

Studying Sociology here means that you will have the opportunity to take part in plenty of enrichment ranging from fundraising for causes that are important to you, trips to local landmarks and relevant museums, and you will also have the opportunity to get involved with excursions abroad! Students are provided with a range of in house opportunities too such as prisoner talks, university preparation days and guest speakers.


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