GCSE in Sociology

Why study this subject?

Sociology is a fascinating subject that challenges the beliefs we may hold about the behaviour of certain people within our society. Sociologists conduct research in order to understand groups such as: gangs, teenage mothers, new age travellers, and male and female pupil “drop-outs”. Sociologists are very interested in the power of certain agencies within society which include: the Mass Media (e.g. Disney), the police, politicians and the ruling class (the rich).

What will I learn?

Sociology requires you to think carefully about a range of issues important to our current world, such as crime and deviance, poverty and inequality. You will learn how to support arguments with evidence from both sociological theories (e.g. Marxism and Feminism) and real-life examples. You will also learn about the research process, such as how to construct questionnaires and interviews, and will be given the opportunity to design and carry out your own research.

How will I be taught?

Your learning will involve a mixture of individual, paired and group work. At times you will be expected to produce presentations and will utilise ICT in many parts of your work. You will also be expected to take an interest in the world around you through reading or watching the news on a regular basis.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed on a regular basis through marking of your class work, extended learning tasks and written assessments. Your progress will be closely monitored to ensure that you are fully supported to achieve your potential.

What qualifications will I get at the end of the course?

A GCSE in Sociology at a grade that reflects your work ethic and commitment.

What can this qualification lead to afterwards?

Sociology GCSE is valued by colleges and universities because of the wide range of transferable skills it develops. These include: understanding relationships between people, analysing information, conducting investigations, presenting an argument, debating a range of opinions, and constructing a balanced essay. These skills are valued in careers such as social work, law, teaching, marketing and many more.

Post-16 Progression

This subject is an excellent grounding for Sociology A-Level and has many links to Psychology A-Level too. These are a good basis for a variety of degree subjects at University, including Sociology, Psychology, Law, Criminology, Social Work, Education, Philosophy and Social Policy.

How much homework will I have to do?

You will have to complete one piece of homework every week. You will also be expected to take an interest in current news stories and how you might apply them to your class work and extended learning.

Where can I find out more about this qualification?

You can speak to Mrs Bonner.


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