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This fascinating and enjoyable course leads to a greater awareness of the relationship between society and the individual. You will undertake independent research and learn to question your sources, such as the media. The focus in lessons will be on reaching understanding through discussion of the issues from the four key topics being studied.

This course fits in well with lots of other subjects, especially those that deal with people and their ideas.




Unit 1: Family and Households

(1 hour written exam)

You will have studied many aspects of this including children's status, changes in gender roles and contemporary diversity.


Unit 2: Education

(2 hour written exam)

You will be looking specifically at differences of attainment between boys and girls, different ethnic groups and social classes and the effect of recent educational policy changes on educational attainment. You will draw links with other topics studied and look at sociological research methods.



Unit 3: Beliefs in Society

(1 hour 30 minutes written exam)

Key areas to be studied will include the significance and range of religious beliefs in today's society.


Unit 4: Crime and Deviance

(2 hour written exam)

Students will become actively involved in social research and look at topics such as suicide and recent changes in society leading to consideration of, for example, globalisation and green crime.



This course leads to a wide range of careers which deal intensively with people, for example, personnel management, police, social work, nursing, teaching and some areas of the law, or leads to careers making, carrying out or advising on social policy (especially in local authorities or the national Civil Service). Sociology is also an excellent subject to support entry to a wide range of Higher education and university courses.



Students who study this subject will probably have achieved grade C or above in most of their GCSE subjects, with a B or above in English, History, Geography or Sociology.