Sociology

Sociology

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 are encouraged to 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.

Sociology is an exciting, illuminating and highly relevant field of study that analyzes and explains important matters in our personal lives, our communities, and the world. Pupils are ignited and enthused by the subject because it’s relevant to them – they are living it!

Extra-curricular activities and visits

Sociology is a new addition to our Key Stage 4 curriculum and to date there have been no educational visits. However, plans are in place for a visit to a local prison to embed crime and deviance learning, and also to Runshaw College for stretch and challenge activities. Firm links have been established with Runshaw College and Year 11 revision sessions, delivered by Runshaw lecturers, will also take place at February half term and Easter.

Facilities:

Sociology is taught in a designated classroom based around the Learning Resource Centre. We enjoy a wide range of resources including textbooks and computers.

Assessment:

Students are assessed in four specific topic areas: families, education, crime and deviance and social stratification, along with their understanding of the research methods underpinning each. Continuous assessment using previous exam questions and papers, is used to track pupils throughout the course.

Year 10 and 11 Course

Students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.

Subject content

Assessments

Paper 1: The Sociology of families and education

What’s assessed

  • The sociology of families
  • The sociology of education
  • Relevant areas of social theory and methodology


Students will e expected to draw on knowledge and understanding of the entire course of study to show a deeper understanding of these topics.

How its assessed

  • Written exam: 1.45 minutes
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of GCSE

Questions

  • 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.

Paper 2: The sociology of crime and deviance and social stratification

What's assessed

  • The sociology of crime and deviance
  • The sociology of social stratification
  • Relevant areas of social theory and methodology

Students will be expected to draw on knowledge and understanding of the entire course of study to show a deeper understanding of these topics.

How it's assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of GCSE

Questions

  • 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.