Sociology asks the big questions and examines connections within society. We live in a world where big changes happen on a daily basis and by studying Sociology we can start to explore why some of these changes take place and what the implications are for the rest of our world.

A good sociologist is one who is interested in the social world, who wants to understand how the social world is organised and what effect it has on people.
Sociology encourages students to see things from other people's point of view. They are encouraged to form their own opinions and support them with evidence.

Learners will be encouraged to explore and debate contemporary social issues to enable them to challenge taken-for-granted assumptions and to question their everyday understanding of things that happen around them. By following this course, learners will develop their own sociological awareness through active engagement with the contemporary social world.

Pupils do not study Sociology at KS3, however, they are able to choose it as an option in KS4 as there are no specific requirements for prior learning with this specification. It builds upon the knowledge, understanding and skills acquired at Key Stages 1-3 in a wide range of subjects. The subjects will include those studied as part of the National Curriculum such as Mathematics, English, History and Geography. Students would also benefit from an interest in the world and current events.

Students studying Sociology will follow the Eduqas (9-1) GCSE specification over two units:

Component 1: Understanding Social Processes Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes 50% of qualification
This component covers the following topic areas:

  • Key concepts and processes of cultural transmission
  • Families
  • Education
  • Sociological research methods

Component 2: Understanding Social Structures Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes 50% of qualification
This component covers the following topic areas

  • Social differentiation and stratification
  • Crime and deviance
  • Applied methods of sociological enquiry

Both papers consist of a written assessment with a mix of short answer, structured questions and extended response questions, all compulsory. The extended response questions will require candidates to draw together different areas of knowledge, skills and/or understanding from across the relevant specification content.
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GCSE Sociology

Pupils in Years 9, 10 and 11 have 5 Sociology lessons a fortnight and homework is set regularly, in line with the school's homework policy. Sociology pupils have the opportunity to conduct independent research, are encouraged to keep themselves up to date with current events around the world and use a variety of sources to do so.