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This course aims to broaden students’ minds, helping them to see their world from different perspectives and in new and thought-provoking ways. 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.

There are four main topics covered over two papers;
• Paper 1: Families and Education
• Paper 2: Crime and Deviance and Social Stratification
Throughout all of the topics, we study sociological research methods and you will also carry out your own research studies as part of this.


Exam board: AQA
For this GCSE, there are two examination units – each worth 50% of the final grade.
Both exams are 1hr 45min long. They include multiple choice questions, item based questions, a range of low and high mark questions, and three 12 mark essays on each paper.