Head of Department: Ms. R. Shakespeare

Qualification: GCSEExam Board: AQA

Unit 1: The sociology of families and education

Weighting: 50%

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

100 marks

50% of GCSE 

The Sociological Approach

  • Sociological debates and theories
  • Social structures, processes and issues,  key terms and concepts 


  • Functions of families and family forms
  • Conjugal role relationships and changes within families
  • Criticisms of families
  • Divorce


  • Roles and functions of education
  • The relationship between education and capitalism
  • Educational achievement
  • Processes within schools    

Unit 2: The sociology of crime and deviance and social stratification

Weighting: 50%

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

100 marks

50% of GCSE 

Crime and Deviance

  • The social construction of crime and deviance
  • Social control
  • Criminal and deviant behaviour
  • Data on crime

Social Stratification

  • Theories of stratification
  • Socio-economic class
  • Life chances
  • Poverty as a social issue
  • Power and authority
  • Power relationships

Sociological Research Methods

  • Research design
  • Qualitative and quantitative methods
  • Different types of data
  • Primary and secondary sources
  • Interpretation of data
  • Practical issues
  • Ethical issues 

Course Summary:

Over the course of the 2 years that GCSE Sociology is delivered, students will explore a range of traditional and contemporary topics and issues in order to gain an in-depth and rounded knowledge of the subject.  Students will apply their knowledge to issues that influence them now and in their future lives and develop a greater understanding of the wider world they live in, both culturally and structurally. Sociology provides students with opportunities to develop a range of skills.  Written and exam based skills are developed through lots of exam preparation and revision in order to equip students with the skills needed to be successful in their external examinations.  They will also be encouraged to debate and question their opinions and those of others and support their views with sociological evidence and theory, as well as with contemporary examples.  Furthermore, students will learn much more about their society and wider national and global community, preparing them for the next stage of their lives.

More details: AQA - Sociology