Excellence through Endeavour


  • Head of subject: Mrs J Grewal
  • Year groups taught:  9, 10, 11, 12 and 13


Sociology today is one of the most popular subjects of the 21st century.  Sociology is the study of how society is organized and how we experience life.  Generations of students have found that sociology makes them look at the world in new ways.  If you become a sociology student, you will discover how to think differently about social issues: what are the questions behind the questions?

Why is this subject important?

Sociology encourages students to think independently and develop a wide range of skills, which are highly valued by all universities and employers: critical thinking, debating, problem solving, analysis, researching and academic writing.  Sociology is respected in a wide variety of careers: social work, law, police, journalism, web design, care worker, teacher, politics, youth worker, counsellor and so many more.

Resources to highlight

Students will have the opportunity to attend Sociology seminars and develop and an understanding of the social world.  This experience will enhance their sociological knowledge.

Key stage 4


GCSE Sociology is exciting, interesting and relevant to students’ lives.  It encourages students to recognise how society functions, ultimately advantaging and disadvantaging certain social groups.  Students will discuss different sociological viewpoints, applying them to real life.  Students develop a wide range of knowledge and understanding about society, and how sociologists study and understand its structures, processes and issues.

  • Pathway: Smooth progression onto AS and A2 Sociology in 6th Form; leading to university and professional careers.
  • Qualifications: GCSE Sociology is a full course (two units), 100% exam with no coursework
  • QAN Code: 500/4436/9
  • Examining body: AQA

The skills and qualities Students need to succeed in this course are

Students are encouraged to question evidence and issues, as well as develop their critical and evaluation skills. Students need to display a positive attitude towards their learning and have a good work ethic, alongside organisational skills, revision techniques and self-motivation.  Students will need to learn a range of new Sociology terms and theory.

What you will study

Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
Introduction to Sociology (Unit 1) Education (Unit 1) Crime & Deviance (Unit 2)
Families & Households (Unit 1) Research Methods (Unit 1) Mass Media (Unit 2)
Social Inequalities (Unit 2)

Students are assessed by

Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
Research task Tests Tests
Tests Presentations Presentations
Essays Essays Essays
Mock exam Mock exam

Final exam components

  • Unit 1 Exam 100%
    Topics: Families & Households, Education and Research methods
  • Unit 2 Exam 100%
    Topics: Crime & Deviance, Mass Media and Social Inequalities

What might students study after this?

  • AS & A2 Sociology
  • A Level Sociology compliments a wide range of subjects in 6th Form and university.

Possible careers

  • Advertising Assistant
  • Child Welfare Officer
  • Day Care Worker
  • Foster Care Worker
  • Human Resource Officer
  • Journalist
  • Police Officer
  • Social Worker
  • Teacher
  • Web Designing
  • Youth Worker
  • Welfare Officer

… and so many more!

For more information contact

Mrs J Grewal.