• Examination board: AQA
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This is an optional subject which all students will study for 3 hours per week.

The study of Sociology looks at a wide range of topics which affect the daily lives of all of us, and how society functions. Students are encouraged to take a questioning approach to different issues.

Some examples of the issues that the students might cover are:

  • Discuss whether living in a family tends to benefit men or women.
  • Identify reasons for the rising divorce rate in the UK.
  • How do peer groups get young people to conform to their “rules”?

Over the two years you will study a number of topics including research methods which will be continued over the two years.

In Year 10 the topics include:

  • The Sociology of Family
  • The Sociology of Education
  • Social Theory and Methodology

In Year 11 topics we cover are:

  • The Sociology of Crime and Deviance
    The Sociology of Social Stratification
    Social Theory and Methodology

The course is split into two units each worth 50% of the total grade – one studied in Year 10 and one in Year 11. It is all exam based.

  • Unit 1 – Assessed by a 1 hour 45 minutes examination worth 100 marks
  • Unit 2 – Assessed by a 1 hour 45 minutes examination worth 100 marks

After studying GCSE Sociology you could study A-level Sociology at Bourne Academy Sixth Form.

A GCSE in Sociology helps with your understanding of society and its functions and the effects that it can have on areas such as Education. It encourages us to think critically about a range of theories and would be beneficial for further study post 16 as well as encouraging evaluative skills and extended writing. A qualification in Sociology can lead to a range of different careers focussing on people skills or interaction and is looked upon favourable by potential employers.

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