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Sociology GCSE at Long Road Sixth Form College

Course description

Sociology GCSE is available on our Access to Level 3 programme. This one-year qualification enables you to extend your range of GCSE qualifications in order to progress to A level courses. Students will gain GCSE or equivalent qualifications four of English, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, ICT, Psychology, Sociology and Film Studies. You will work as a cohesive group, building the foundations to enable you to be successful on a Level 3 programme. You will also receive tutorial support and assistance with your study skills.

Sociology is the study of society. Sociologists study areas such as education, family, poverty, crime and deviance and research methods. Through studying Sociology, you can gain a better understanding of society and attempt to answer a range of questions on social issues such as why class, gender and ethnic inequalities still exist in society.

In class there will be a range of different activities:

  • teacher-led presentations to introduce new theories and concepts;
  • group work;
  • researching evidence and assessing theories;
  • independent work e.g. researching contemporary issues in the media;
  • watching relevant documentaries / films that inform your learning.

Course content

You will need to study two units on this course.  Below is a sample of the kind of issues you will study in each topic.

Unit 1

Studying Society: You will be introduced to what Sociology is all about and examine key concepts that help us understand society.  These include culture and socialisation, which involves looking at how our lives are shaped by the people and environment around us.                                          

Family: You will study why sociologists believe the family is so important and look at changing patterns of family life which have resulted in a wide range of family types.  These include one-parent families, two-parent families, gay families and extended families.

Education: You will study the functions of the education system. You will also look at differences between gender, ethnicity and social class in terms of who does best in our education system.

Assessment: examination (50%)

Unit 2

Crime and Deviance: You will learn about the different sociological explanations for the causes of crime such as inequality, poor family life and poverty. You will examine crime committed by businesses and powerful people in society.

The Media: You will study the importance of the mass media in society as a way of influencing our behaviour. You will also look at how the media stereotypes certain groups and who has the most influence in the media.

Social Inequality:  In this topic you will look at different forms of status and inequality in society such as those linked to gender, class and ethnicity. You will also look at poverty.

Assessment: examination (50%)

Entry requirements

At least 3 Grade Cs in a range of subjects, with at least a Grade 3 in English and Maths.


Exam board AQA

Future opportunities

Sociology is a subject which relates to a range of careers and higher education courses.  Sociology has become a central feature of various careers including teaching, policing, social work, journalism, human resources and management.  This course can be a good foundation Level 3 studies.

Further information


Come to open evening on 18th and 19th October 5-9pm

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 27 September 2017
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