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Sociology GCSE at Greenshaw High School

Course description

Many people study sociology to broaden their minds and enable them to see their world in new and interesting ways. Sociologists are interested in how society works and the effects of humans on the world around them.

You will gain a range of valuable skills, such as how to work independently as well as part of a team. You will learn how to find information, extract what is important from it and turn it into an argument.



Course content

Unit 1:

Sociology basics. We will explore the various methods used to investigate society. We explore themes such as status, power relationships in society, cultural differences, and how each of these are affected by religion, gender and class. We study the role of the family in depth, looking at the way family structure has changed over time. We also cover education, looking in particular at why some groups of pupils do better than others at school.

Unit 2:

Socialisation, culture and identity. This explores the nature of youth, and youth subcultures such as gangs. We will also research areas of crime, what causes crime, who is most likely to commit crime, and why. We explore the role of the media in modern society and the inequalities that exist between different groups in society.


There is no coursework component. There are two exams that will be taken at the end of Year 11.


Future opportunities

People who study sociology at GCSE often go on to enjoy success in the social sciences at A level.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Greenshaw High School directly.

Last updated date: 13 May 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years