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Sociology GCSE at Weatherhead High School

Course description

Qualification :General Certificate of Secondary Education
Exam Board :OCR (OCEAC)
Category :Sociology and Social Policy - Social Sciences

Course content

Sociology is about the study of society. The subject investigates how our society works and how change takes place in society. Sociology is a subject that will challenge how you think about the world. It asks questions about the society that we live in and it encourages you to develop a critial understanding of the world. This GCSE course will enable you to learn how society shapes people`s ideas and behaviour and how in turn, people interact and shape their society. Throughout the course you will also have the opportunity to consider your own experience of the world and develop the knowledge and skills needed to play a part within the community.
The course is divided into the following areas of study:
The Family: This unit invesitgates how family life is changing and the problems facing families today.
Crime and Deviance: This unit investigates the causes of crime and measures to reduce crime in society.
Culture and Identity: This unit investigates the key values of our society and different ideas of `Britishness`.
Work: This unit investigates the changing world of work and the way work is organised in society.
Youth Culture: This unit investigates the lifestyle of young people and how young people form youth cults with their own values and fashions.


Three written examination papers. These are offered at either higher or foundation tier.
Paper 1: 1 hour paper on the key ideas of Sociology. The questions will be short answer and longer type essay questions. Some questions will be based on source material.
Paper 2: 1 hour 30 minutes written paper on the main units of the course.
Paper 3: 1 hour written paper based on a case study of pre-released material.
A formal assessment will take place at the end of each half term to help monitor the progress of students. Students will take a full `mock` examination in the February before the final assessment.

Future opportunities

A GCSE in Sociology would enable you to move on to further study and it is particularly useful if you would like to carry on to study AS/A Level Sociology.
It is a subject accepted by universities and employers alike. Students of Sociology go onto a hugely diverse range of careers, from jobs in the media, such as researchers and journalists, to teaching and lecturing, to police work, to social work and health care. Any career that involves working with people will make use of Sociology.

Further information

Students of Sociology are expected to take an interest in the world around them and to keep up to date with events in the news. They have the opportunity to discuss social issues and to apply their knowledge of the subject to the real world. In Year 11 students visit the Houses of Parliament in London and gain a first hand experience of democracy at work.

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How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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