Sociology

Sociology GCSE

Sociology is the study of how people create, organise and sustain their societies. This GCSE will help you to make sense of the society you live in, aiding your understanding of cultural and identity issues that affect your daily lives and the lives of those you live alongside you. To study sociology you will need a keen interest in analysing and questioning how human action shapes and is shaped by what is around us. You will learn about how society works, the contemporary processes and structures of British society in terms of family, education, mass media, social inequality and research methods.

Examination Board & Specification: GCSE AQA Sociology 8192 Assessment method: 100% examination.

Multiple choice questions followed by a range of short and extended responses.

Overview of Course Year 10 and 11
Paper 1Paper 3
Autumn Year 1 Introduction of GCSE Sociology The Sociology of Families The Sociology of Education
Spring Year 1 The Sociology of Families The Sociology of Education Theory and Methods
Summer Year 1 The Sociology of Families The Sociology of Education Theory and Methods The Sociology of Crime and Deviance The Sociology of Social Stratification
Autumn Year 2 The Sociology of Crime and Deviance The Sociology of Social Stratification Theory and methods
Spring Year 2 The Sociology of Crime and Deviance The Sociology of Social Stratification Theory and methods
Summer Year 2 Revision and Exams – all papers

Sociology A level

This course will suit you if you are open minded and willing to look at familiar things in different ways and have an interest in current affairs and the society around you. You should enjoy discussions and debates, have an enquiring mind and be a good communicator who enjoys essay writing.

Examination Board & Specification: Advanced Level GCE AQA 7192 Assessment method: 100% examination.

Short answer and extended writing, methods in context: extended writing, theory and methods: extended writing.

Overview of Course

Key areas of study include: education, families and households, beliefs in society, crime and deviance, theory and methods, including methods in context. There are two core areas you will study within the course:

  • Socialisation, culture and identity
  • Social differentiation, power and stratification

The themes should be understood and applied to particular substantive areas of sociology. However, these themes are to be interpreted broadly as threads running through many areas of social life and should not therefore be regarded as discrete topics. In addition, you must understand the significance of conflict and consensus, social structure and social actions and the role of value.

Year 12 and 13
Paper 1Paper 2Paper 3
Autumn Year 1 Introduction to A level Sociology Education Theory and Methods Families and Households
Spring Year 1 Education Theory and Methods. Families and Households
Summer Year 1 Beliefs in Society Crime and Deviance
Autumn Year 2 Beliefs in Society Crime and Deviance Theory and Methods
Spring Year 2 Revision and Exams all papers
Summer Year 2 Exams – all papers
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