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Sociology

Subject Head: Andrew Wright

Contact: awright@farmors.gloucs.sch.uk 

Note that Sociology is not studied at KS3

KS4 Sociology

Specification: AQA GCSE Sociology 8192 

Course outline

By choosing GCSE Sociology, you will be actively involved in exploring and asking questions about the society in which you live. Studying Sociology at GCSE offers you opportunities to gain a greater understanding of society and to begin to make sense of your own experiences within it. You can gain knowledge and understanding of key social structures and processes and issues through the study of families, education, crime and deviance and social stratification. When studying Sociology, you will develop transferable skills including how to investigate facts and make deductions, develop opinions and new ideas on social issues, and analyse and better understand the social world.

What should students expect to do during the course?

During the course you will be able to develop your skills and ability to analyse, assimilate and communicate ideas by comparing and contrasting perspectives on a variety of social issues, constructing reasoned arguments, making substantiated judgements and drawing reasoned conclusions. Learning will involve a range of different activities including class discussions, essay writing, note-taking, question and answer exercises, and carrying out mini research projects and surveys. You will learn to use a diverse range of materials and resources. Assessments will involve class tests, homework and end of topic assessments to monitor your progress and achievements. 

Assessment (graded 9- 1)

GCSE Sociology will be graded 9 to 1. The official terminal assessment of this course will be in the summer of Y11. It consists of two written examinations:

Paper 1: The Sociology of Families and Education

Paper 2: The Sociology of Crime and Deviance and Social Stratification

What’s assessed

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

What’s assessed

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

How it’s assessed

  • Written exam
  • 1 hour 45 minutes (50% of the GCSE)

How it’s assessed

  • Written exam
  • 1 hour 45 minutes (50% of the GCSE)
Progression into Sixth Form

We offer a well-established and successful A- Level in Sociology There will be the opportunity to further develop your GCSE knowledge and understanding in some areas, but you will also learn to apply Sociology to a number of new topics areas not studied at GCSE and at greater depth.