In Sociology we aim to understand the society that we live in. Over the two year course (three year with the pre-option) we study a number of topics, such as the family, education, crime and social inequality and try to explain why society operates the way it does. We also study how sociologists find out about our society, what methods they use and how effective these methods are.


GCSE Sociology aims to broaden students’ minds, helping them to see their world from different perspectives and in new and thought-provoking ways.  Sociology is a good subject for anyone who is interested in people, in trying to find out what makes people tick and who may eventually want a job working with people such as teaching, journalism, law, social work and many more.




In Year 9 students have the choice of taking the GCSE as a pre – option where they have 2 lessons per week.


Topics studied: Sociological theories, threats to society.




In Years 10 and 11 students have three lessons a week.


At GCSE we follow the AQA specification, students have 3 lessons per week. This course is assessed by exam only which will be sat in summer of Year 11.


Topics studied: Sociology methods, theories and research, Family, Crime, Education and Social stratification.



How is the course assessed?

All students sit the same two exam papers (a single tier of entry), from which the final grade is generated in the range 9 – 1. There is no coursework element in the course.


PAPER 1: Families and Education (sociological research and methods runs through both papers)


Written exam paper – 1 hour 30 minutes – 50% of the final grade.


PAPER 2:  Social stratification and Crime (sociological research and methods runs through both papers)


Written exam paper – 1 hour 30 minutes – 50% of the final grade.


Both papers are taken at the end of year 11.



Useful Skills

  • The successful Sociology student must be interested in people and interested in society and how it works.
  • You are starting a brand new subject – so you will need to write down and learn lots of new terms and ideas.
  • Being able to express yourself clearly and write clear answers to questions is a very useful skill that will be developed during the course.
  • Being able to take part in discussion and listening to points of view that may be different from your own. Understanding both sides of an argument.
  • If you are prepared to put in the effort, Sociology is a very interesting and rewarding subject to take.




Mrs. V. Wragg – Specialist teacher of Sociology – [email protected]



Extra Curricular

Period 7 (2.30pm – 3.30pm) is used for intervention and extra support and assistance at both Key Stage 3 and 4.



Useful links


The Brayton Academy