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Level GCSE
Exam Board AQA 4190

Sociology is exciting, interesting and relevant to students’ lives. It encourages a questioning approach to topical issues and helps students to think for themselves about Britain today.

This is a ‘living subject’ that helps students to understand the society in which they live.

  • Studying Society
  • Education
  • Families
  • Crime and Deviance
  • Mass Media
  • Power
  • Social Inequality

The Course

Topics we cover include how far the mass media affects our behaviour, the causes of crime, and changes in the family such as the increase in lone parent families and why there is a gap between male and female achievement at school.


  • Students are taught topic by topic; they have 5 lessons a fortnight in Year 10 and Year 11
  • During lessons there are a variety of tasks, including exam style questions
  • Homework involves learning key words and definitions, practising exam questions including essay writing and revising for assessments

How work is assessed

Two examinations at the end of Year 11. There is no controlled assessment and no tiering of the examination papers.

Exam Paper

  • Unit 1: Studying Society, Education, and Families (50% of overall grade)
  • Unit 2: Crime and Deviance, Mass Media, Power and Social Inequality (50% of overall grade)

Students study GCSE Sociology throughout Year 10 and Year 11.  Both Unit 1 and Unit 2 exams are taken in May of Year 11. Both exams are 90 minutes.

Post-16 Choices

The Sociology department also offer AS and A-Level Sociology. Many GCSE students choose to continue studying Sociology in the Sixth Form. It is a very useful subject for numerous jobs; it develops skills such as the ability to work with and understand people that is important for many college courses, for example Public Services.

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