Course Overview

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

Course Structure

Core content covers the following topics:
The Sociological Approach
  • Debates within sociology including conflict versus consensus, nature versus nurture
  • Key classical sociologists such as Durkheim, Marx and Weber
  • Other key sociological theories such as functionalism, feminism, interactionism and Marxism
  • Key sociological concepts such as norms, values, socialisation, labelling, discrimination, power and authority
Social Structures, Social Processes and Social Issues
  • Key sociological organisations and institutions that impact our choices and behaviour
  • Key processes we experience which teach us norms and values
  • Key social issues society is currently facing, such as poverty, crime and gender inequality
  • Discovering the purpose and function of the family
  • Identifying different types of families and why some are increasing in our society
  • How relationships between couples are changing in their power dynamics
  • Discovering the purpose and function of education
  • The relationship between education and capitalism
  • Understanding how we measure educational achievement, and the factors that can affect a student’s ability to succeed
Crime and Deviance
  • Understanding how crime is a socially constructed concept
  • Discovering how crime’s appearance in our society acts as a form of social control
  • Determining factors affecting criminal and deviant behaviour
  • Understanding why crime statistics must be questioned
Social Stratification
  • Understanding different views on social class, life chances, poverty, power and authority, and power relationships, 
Sociological Research Methods
  • Being able to explain the research process
  • Understanding the difference between different types of research method
  • Understanding the difference between different types of data
  • Understanding the practical and ethical issues that must be considered when conducting a piece of research. 

How You Will Be Assessed

The progress of all students is assessed throughput the course using internal methods.                             
All formal assessments are at the end of the course; there are two exams in total.
Paper 1 – The Sociology of Families and Education
Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
100 marks
50% of GCSE
Paper 2 – The Sociology of Crime and Deviance, and Social Stratification
Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
100 marks
50% of GCSE

Information, Advice and Support

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Tuition Fees

If you are aged 19+ and studying a Further Education Course at Bradford College, you may have to pay course fees. Course fees are dependent on the number of hours and which course is being taken. Actual costs can be obtained from our FE Registry team.
Tel: 01274 433172
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