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Sociology GCSE

Course Outline 
The GCSE Sociology course provides an introduction to the study of human social life and societies. You will examine what makes us human and how our attitudes, values and behaviour are shaped by the world around us. You will study units on families, education, crime, media, power and social inequality. You will try to answer big questions such as: Why do some people commit crime? How does the media influence our behaviour? How does the Government attempt to tackle poverty and inequality? Is marriage still important? How can gender affect educational achievement?

Sociology is thought provoking and challenging. You will develop critical thinking skills, and be encouraged to question the world around you.

Reading and writing skills are very important in Sociology. You will also be expected to participate actively in discussions and group activities by contributing your own ideas and listening to the views of others. The subject makes use of a range of media resources, such as television and newspapers. You will also complete some individual research on a topic of your choice. You will collect and analyse data through questionnaires, observations or interviews.

Assessment
- The course is assessed through 100% examinations. You will sit two written papers with a choice of questions on a range of topics.
- There is no coursework element.
- There are no entry tiers – all students will sit the same paper.

Progression
Sociology is a challenging and well respected academic subject. It will develop the skills needed for a range of courses at A Level, including Sociology, Law, Government and Politics, History, Psychology, Philosophy and Media Studies. It also has some useful links with Health and Social Care.

Sociologists have knowledge and skills which are relevant to a range of careers including those in social work, social policy, law, education, criminal justice and health and welfare.

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