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Sociology

Level GCSE
Exam Board AQA
Website www.aqa.org.uk

Why study Sociology?

Sociology is exciting, interesting and relevant to students’ lives. It encourages a questioning approach to topical issues and helps students to think for themselves about Britain today.

This is a ‘living subject’ that helps students analyse and better understand the society in which they live.

The new Sociology GCSE is a linear course, which will all be assessed by two formal exams at the end of Year 11.

What will we study?

Topics we cover include how far a person’s social class influences their life chances, the causes of crime, and changes in the family such as the increase in lone parent families and why there is a gap between male and female achievement at school.

  • During lessons there are a variety of tasks, including exam style questions
  • Homework involves learning key words and definitions, practising exam questions including essay writing and revising for assessments
Unit 1 Unit 2
· Families
· Education
· Crime and Deviance
· Social Stratification

How will your work be assessed?

Students study GCSE Sociology throughout Year 10 and Year 11.  Two exams - Paper 1 and Paper 2 - are taken in the summer of Year 11.  Both exam papers are 1 hour 45 minutes. 

Exam Papers

  • Paper 1: Section A - Families, Section B - Education (50% of overall grade)
  • Paper 2: Section A - Crime and Deviance, Section B - Social Stratification (50% of overall grade)

There are a range of short and extended (essay) responses required on both exam papers. It is best suited to students who enjoy discussion, current affairs and extended writing.

Post-16 Choices

Sociology department also offers A-Level Sociology. Many GCSE students choose to continue studying Sociology in the Sixth Form.

It is a very useful subject for numerous jobs; it develops skills such as the ability to work with and understand people that is important for many college courses, for example Public Services.

Staff Contact
Mrs E Cherry - echerry@oxtedschool.co.uk