What is Sociology?

Sociology is the study of human society; it draws on a variety of viewpoints in order to understand the social world around us. You will learn about how society shapes people’s ideas and behaviour and you will relate this to your own experiences of living in British society. You will also study how societies change over time and how society differs across cultures.

What will I learn from GCSE Sociology?

In the first year of the course you study 3 topics:

  • Studying Society
  • Families
  • Education

This is called Unit 1.

In the second year of the course you study 4 topics:

  • Crime and Deviance
  • Mass Media
  • Power
  • Social Inequality

This is called Unit 2.

Sociology teaches young people how to look at society and the world around them in an open and critical manner. Students develop the skills to be able to understand why people behave the way they do and why society is like it is. This will include doing research such as: carrying out surveys, doing observations and getting information from different sources such as the Internet.

What grade could I get?

Everyone has the chance to get a GCSE grade from A* to G. There are two exam papers which everyone sits. The unit one exam is 1½ hours long and is worth 50% of the course. The unit two exam is also 1½ hours long and worth 50% of the course. There is no coursework in GCSE Sociology.

What can I do with this qualification?

Almost all careers where you will be dealing with people would benefit from the study of Sociology.  It would be particularly useful if you wanted to carry on studying subjects at college such as Sociology, Psychology, Law, Economics, Media Studies or Health and Social Care.

It would be particularly useful for careers in the social or health professions such as the police force, social services and the probation service as well as jobs in media and journalism. Sociology gives you a better understanding of how society works and will change how you look at life and the world around you.

 A few quotes from year 10 students after their first year studying Sociology:

“I enjoyed learning the subject as I’ve learnt more about what society was and is like.”

“I learnt a lot in a short time, learning lots of key terms and new words.”

“I found out a lot of stuff I didn’t know before!”

“A really interesting and new subject.”

“I learnt lots of new things I didn’t know before.”

“I loved learning about how gender and class can affect education and our lives.”

“I learnt loads.”

“I learnt a lot and learnt lots of different views and opinions.”

Where can I get more information?

You should speak to Mr Guiver for all information regarding the subject but you could also talk to any Year 10 or 11 students who are currently studying it to get their view on what it’s like.