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Sociology GCSE Short Course at St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College

Course description

Did you ever wonder why some groups in society are shown by the media as committing more crimes than others or why some politicians blame single mothers for many of society’s problems?  GCSE Sociology goes some way to looking at these issues and examines just how much truth there is in such stereotyping. This course can help to answer the following questions

  • What changes have occurred in male and female roles?
  • Who controls education?
  • What is the purpose of schooling?
  • Why do girls do better than boys at GCSE level?
  • What different family types exist in Britain today?

Course content

Topic 1: Studying Society – Introduction to new ideas and concepts about the society around us. This includes sociological theories/perspectives.

Topic 2: Education - Who achieves and who underachieves and why. What are the views of sociological perspectives on the role of education.

Topic 3: Families – What happens in families? Who has what role and why. Exploring sociologists’ thoughts on this and looking at changing family patterns, and the reasons behind this.

In order to get the most out of the course you will be required to read stimulus materials and write essays. 

During the course significant use is made of class discussion, individual independent research activities and critical discussion of issues raised by documentaries and current events in the media.

Entry requirements

Students will need to bring to the course a genuine interest in social issues and the readiness to read about them and discuss them. They should be prepared to follow the debates about social issues both in the press and within the mass media generally.

You must have the ability to be well organised, meet deadlines and have high attendance in order to succeed.

Be prepared to develop skills in essay writing, answering short questions, analysis  and critical thinking.   


Sociology is 100% exam assessed, NO coursework. 

In order to prepare students for their end of year exam, they will complete exam style questions at the end of each topic, under timed conditions and for homework. 

You will receive thorough feedback on each piece of assessed work and be invited to attend revision workshops to build confidence in subject knowledge, exam and study skills. 

The Exam - Unit 1 is a 1½ hr exam:

Consisting of the following three sections:

  1. Studying Society
  2. Education
  3. Families

Financial information

For each of the 3 topics you study in GCSE Sociology you will be provided with a handbook/workbook, which will contain material to read, and written activities to complete, both during class and for homework.

Future opportunities

It can lead to progression on to the A Level. The majority of those who achieve an A-C, continue with it at A Level.

A large number of students study GCSE Sociology alongside L2 BTEC in Health and Social Care, as they compliment each other and many students wish to progress in to a profession, in which these subjects are prevalent.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 14 October 2016
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