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Sociology GCSE

There are two exams with this course.  Each exam is 1 hour 45 minutes and consists of multiple choice questions, short and extended answers.

Paper 1

  • Social Theory and Methods: This will cover the works of sociologists such as Marx, Durkheim, Functionalists, as well as different methods sociologists use to collect data on society in the context of families and eduction.
  • The Sociology of Families: This element studies different forms of family structures, changes and how theorists view the role of the family in society.
  • The Sociology of Education: This element focuses on how different factors impact on students attainment, different types of schools and how theorists see the role of education.

Paper 2

  • Social Theory and Methods: This will cover the works of sociologists such as Marx, Durkheim, Functionalists, as well as different methods sociologists use to collect data on society in the context of crime and deviance and social stratification.
  • The Sociology of Crime and Deviance: This element looks at the difference between crime and deviant behaviour, crime statistics and public as well as media debates on crime and deviance.
  • The Sociology of Social Stratification: This element looks at social class, poverty, what affects life chances, power and authority and the state.