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GCSE Sociology at Queen Elizabeth School

Course description

Sociology involves the study of human social life, groups and societies in a systematic way. Sociologists investigate and explain the social world and our behaviour in it. They are particularly interested in understanding the ways in which societies influence us and shape our daily lives. It is an academic subject which students find challenging yet interesting and as a Sociology student you will explore and ask questions about the type of society in which you live as you draw on, and make sense of your own experiences. Sociology is thought provoking and encourages you to think carefully about your views and assumptions as it taps into historical, contemporary and sometimes controversial issues.


Course content

There are two units to GCSE Sociology:

Unit 1     Studying Society; Education; Families

Unit 2     Crime and Deviance; Mass Media; Power; Social Inequality

Lessons are packed with interesting content that is topical, relevant and accessible to all levels of ability. Students are encouraged to take a questioning approach to evidence and issues, developing their critical, evaluative skills. Therefore students can be engaged in discussing opinions on a particular topic, working as part of a team, undertaking small scale studies or immersing themselves in sociological theory.


GCSE Sociology is assessed by 100% external examination.


Future opportunities

Successful completion of the Sociology course leads well onto a range of A level courses including Psychology, Philosophy and History. With further study Sociology can be useful for students considering careers in teaching, law or any public service.


Further information

You can speak to Mrs Davison, Mr Gaskell or Mrs Conroy to find out more about the course and discuss your suitability for it.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Elizabeth School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years