Sociology

GCSE Sociology

Year 10

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.

Subject content:

  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:

  • 2 x written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes per exam
  • 100 marks per exam
  • Each exam provides 50% of the final grade
  • It is 100% exam

Link to AQA website - http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/sociology/gcse/sociology-8192

Year 11

  • Crime and Deviance - students will be aware of the ways in which criminal and deviant behaviour has generated public debates in recent years. They will understand the nature and significance of social problems such as racism and teenage crime and begin to apply theory to explain patterns in crime.
  • Mass Media - students will be able to identify the mass media and outline the major characteristics of this means of communication. They will be able to highlight theoretical criticisms of the mass media.
  • Power - students will be aware of the ways in which governments have attempted to alleviate social problems, such as those associated with discrimination, including: the ageing population, unemployment and poverty. Students will be able to explain the different political positions in debates about the Welfare State. They will be able to explore the different power relationships in ‘everyday’ situations, such as those between employees and employers; children, parents, schoolteachers and other children; members of the public and the police.

Title

Exam board

Exam code

Content

Sociology

AQA

4192

Year 10

Term 1

Studying Society / Family

Term 2

Family / Education

Term 3

Education / Crime

Year 11

Term 1

Crime /Power

Term 2

Power / Media

Link to specification: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/sociology/gcse/specification-4190/spec-at-a-glance

A Level Sociology

Students of A Level Sociology will acquire the essential knowledge and understanding of central aspects of sociological thought and methods, together with the application of a range of skills. It allows students to integrate sociological themes, such as: socialisation, culture and identity, and social differentiation, power and stratification. A Level Sociology is both challenging and intriguing.


Year 1

Subject content:

  1. Education
  2. Methods in Context
  3. Research Methods
  4. Families and Households

Assessment:

  • 2 x 1 hour 30 minutes written exam
  • 60 marks per exam paper
  • 100% exam

Year 2

Subject content:

  1. Education
  2. Methods in Context
  3. Theory and Methods
  4. Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods
  5. Families and Households
  6. Beliefs in society

Link to AQA  - http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/sociology/as-and-a-level/sociology-7191-7192

Assessment:

  • 3 x 2 hour written exam
  • 80 marks per exam
  • 100% exam