GCSE Sociology – Starting in Year 10 2017      Sociology  Introduction    GCSE Sociology helps students to gain knowledge and understanding of key social structures, processes and issues through the study of families, education, crime and deviance and social stratification.    Students will develop their 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, students 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. 
  How will I be assessed?   
Component  Content  Assessment  % of grade 
Unit 1:    
  • The sociology of families 
  • The sociology of education 
  • Relevant areas of social theory and methodology 
  Section A has two multiple choice questions followed by a range of short and extended responses.  Section B has two multiple choice questions followed by a range of short and extended responses 
1hr 45min Exam – end of Year 11  50% 
Unit 2:    
  • The sociology of families 
  • The sociology of education 
  • Relevant areas of social theory and methodology 
  Section A has two multiple choice questions followed by a range of short and extended responses.  Section B has two multiple choice questions followed by a range of short and extended responses. 
1hr 45min Exam – end of Year 11  50% 
  Skills/equipment required    A good standard of English is required for this course. The course is concerned with Sociological thinking rather than just the recall of facts.    What will I learn from this course?  The course will provide a good foundation for anyone wanting to study Sociology at A Level and complements other GCSE and A Level subjects including: Psychology, Biology, Geography, History,  Business Studies, Health and Social Care, English (Literature and Language), Media Studies  Religious Studies/Theology, Art/Photography, Modern Foreign Languages, PE/Sports Coaching, Law, Economics and Philosophy    What careers can this subject lead to?  Sociology is a recognised as a desirable subject for anyone wishing to enter into careers such as: Teacher (all subjects), Police officer, Nurse/Doctor/Midwife/Health professional  Marketing, Social Worker, Counsellor, Journalist, Lawyer, Criminologist, Psychologist, Public Relations, Human Resources, Prison Officer and University researcher/lecturer      Useful resources for further information and revision materials:    http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/sociology/gcse/sociology-8192/    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/gcse-sociology        AQA GCSE (9-1) Sociology by Rosie Owens and Ian Woodfield             AQA GCSE Sociology All-in-One Revision and Practice (Collins GCSE 9-1 Revision) by Collins GCSE (Author)  GCSE Sociology Y11 Continuing in 2017                  Introduction    Anthony Giddens (a famous sociologist) provides the following general definition:  “Sociology is the study of human social life, groups and societies. It is a dazzling and compelling enterprise, having as its subject matter our own behaviour as social beings. The scope of sociology is extremely wide, ranging from the analysis of passing encounters between individuals in the street up to the investigation of world-wide social processes”.    How will I be assessed?   
Component  Content  Assessment  % of grade 
Unit 1:    
  • Studying Society: Education; Families. 
  • Three Compulsory topic areas. 
  • Topic 1 – Candidates answer all questions. 
  • Topic 2 and 3 – Candidates answer six compulsory questions and one question from a choice of two. 
1hr 30min Exam  50% 
Unit 2:    
  • Crime and Deviance: Mass Media; Power; Social Inequality.  
  • Candidates choose 3 topic areas from 4 options 
  • For each topic area chosen candidates answer six compulsory questions and one question from a choice of two.  
1hr 30min Exam  50% 
  Skills/equipment required    A good standard of English (estimated TMG C) is required for this course. The course is concerned with Sociological thinking rather than just the recall of facts.    What will I learn from this course?  The course will provide a good foundation for anyone wanting to study Sociology at A Level and complements other GCSE and A Level subjects including: Psychology, Biology, Geography, History,  Business Studies, Health and Social Care, English (Literature and Language), Media Studies  Religious Studies/Theology, Art/Photography, Modern Foreign Languages, PE/Sports Coaching, Law, Economics and Philosophy    What careers can this subject lead to?  Sociology is a recognised as a desirable subject for anyone wishing to enter into   careers such as: Teacher (all subjects), Police officer, Nurse/Doctor/Midwife/Health professional  Marketing, Social Worker, Counsellor, Journalist, Lawyer, Criminologist, Psychologist, Public Relations, Human Resources, Prison Officer and University researcher/lecturer      Useful resources for further information and revision materials:    http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/sociology/gcse/specification-4190    http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zbbw2hv        GCSE Sociology for AQA: Revision Guide and Exam Practice Workbook (Collins Revision) by Pauline Wilson               AQA GCSE Sociology by Grahame Coates, Terry Gilpin, Rosie Owens and Ian Woodfield                                    GCSE Sociology – Starting in Year 10 2017                  Introduction    GCSE Sociology helps students to gain knowledge and understanding of key social structures, processes and issues through the study of families, education, crime and deviance and social stratification.    Students will develop their 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, students 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. 
  How will I be assessed?   
Component  Content  Assessment  % of grade 
Unit 1:    
  • The sociology of families 
  • The sociology of education 
  • Relevant areas of social theory and methodology 
  Section A has two multiple choice questions followed by a range of short and extended responses.  Section B has two multiple choice questions followed by a range of short and extended responses 
1hr 45min Exam – end of Year 11  50% 
Unit 2:    
  • The sociology of families 
  • The sociology of education 
  • Relevant areas of social theory and methodology 
  Section A has two multiple choice questions followed by a range of short and extended responses.  Section B has two multiple choice questions followed by a range of short and extended responses. 
1hr 45min Exam – end of Year 11  50% 
  Skills/equipment required    A good standard of English (estimated TMG C) is required for this course. The course is concerned with Sociological thinking rather than just the recall of facts.    What will I learn from this course?  The course will provide a good foundation for anyone wanting to study Sociology at A Level and complements other GCSE and A Level subjects including: Psychology, Biology, Geography, History,  Business Studies, Health and Social Care, English (Literature and Language), Media Studies  Religious Studies/Theology, Art/Photography, Modern Foreign Languages, PE/Sports Coaching, Law, Economics and Philosophy    What careers can this subject lead to?  Sociology is a recognised as a desirable subject for anyone wishing to enter into   careers such as: Teacher (all subjects), Police officer, Nurse/Doctor/Midwife/Health professional  Marketing, Social Worker, Counsellor, Journalist, Lawyer, Criminologist, Psychologist, Public Relations, Human Resources, Prison Officer and University researcher/lecturer                        Useful resources for further information and revision materials:    http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/sociology/gcse/sociology-8192/    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/gcse-sociology            AQA GCSE (9-1) Sociology by Rosie Owens and Ian Woodfield             AQA GCSE Sociology All-in-One Revision and Practice (Collins GCSE 9-1 Revision) by Collins GCSE (Author)