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Science Specialist

Sociology

GCSE Sociology is a very popular option at Stewards Academy. Since its introduction in 2004 it has gained results above national average consistently and the number of pupils who chose to continue their study of Sociology at KS5 is very high.

GCSE Sociology helps pupils to gain knowledge and understanding of key social structures, processes and issues through the study of families, education, crime and deviance and social stratification.

Pupils will develop their analytical, assimilation and communication skills by comparing and contrasting perspectives on a variety of social issues, constructing reasoned arguments, making substantial 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.

All pupils have to complete two written exams at the end of the course so the structure of writing is an important skill to be a successful learner in this subject.

To be a successful Sociologist, pupils rely on the 5Rs. They must show excellent listening skills along with good communication and resilience.

All pupils are expected to complete homework essays frequently to demonstrate their understanding of the material covered in class.

Key Stage 4

Students follow the AQA GCSE Sociology specification. There is a focus on the works of classical sociologists such as Marx, Durkheim and Webber who they will study alongside contemporary research to allow pupils to reference ideas. Students will also learn how to apply various research methods and will be introduced to various sociological terms and concepts to enable detailed evaluations.

There are three assessment objectives covered across the two papers:

  • AO1: Knowledge and Understanding
  • AO2: Application (explanation)
  • AO3: Evaluation and analysis

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 sociological 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.

What’s assessed?

  • The sociology of crime and deviance
  • The sociology of social stratification
  • Relevant areas of sociological 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% GCSE

How it’s assessed

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

100 marks

50% GCSE