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Key details

Attendance Full-time
Duration 1 year
Code SKGCSOC
Awarding Body AQA
Level GCSE
Start Date 05/09/2022

Course overview

This GCSE is available in Pathway 3 only.

Our one-year Sociology GCSE gives a flexible approach to learning.  The course is divided into topics giving you the opportunity to study the sociology of families, education, crime and deviance and social stratification.

You will develop your 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, you 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.

What you'll study

  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
    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

Assessment

AQA’s GCSE Sociology consists of two exam papers that are externally assessed.
Each Paper is a 1 hour 45 minutes, 100 marks, 50% of total GCSE.

Each paper has 2 parts, section A and B.  Each section consists of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing.

The following are what you will expect to be assessed on as part of each exam.

Paper 1: The sociology of families and education

  • The sociology of families
  • The sociology of education
  • 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.

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

GCSE’s

Grade 3 in at least 2 subjects (excluding Maths and English)

GCSE English Language and Maths

Grade 3

English and maths will be included in your timetable if you have not achieved a GCSE at grade 4 or above in these subjects when you start your course. If you have achieved a Grade 4 but wish to improve your grade you will be able to as part of the GCSE Pathway programme.

Tuition fees

If you are 16 to 18 years old you won't have to pay tuition fees.

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