Why study GCSE Sociology?
GCSE Sociology is a subject that will help you to explain the things that are happening around you. Sociology is the study of modern society and involves looking at changes that are happening in relation to a variety of issues that affect you e.g. family, education, crime, media etc.
Some of the issues we will deal with in sociology include:
If you enjoy subjects like History, Geography, RE, PSHE, then this is a subject that you will find interesting.
GCSE Sociology will help you to develop many useful skills such as:
What skills do I need?
To achieve in GCSE Sociology you will need: Good reading skills, good writing skills, the ability to explain your ideas clearly and concisely, an open mind and a willingness to listen to a range of viewpoints, also an interest in current affairs would be helpful.
What happens in lessons?
GCSE sociology lessons are varied. You may: Gather evidence to support or challenge an argument. Debate an issue. Plan an essay using a range of evidence. Work in groups to produce a presentation.
How are students assessed?
GCSE Sociology involves 2 examinations each lasting 1hr 45min to be taken at the end of Y11:
Paper 1 (Y10 content): The sociology of families and education.
Paper 2 (Y11 content): The sociology of crime and deviance and social stratification.
There is no coursework in this subject.
Are students set homework?
Students are regularly set homework which usually consists of practice exam questions. Students will mostly be asked to complete 12 mark essay questions that are set approximately every fortnight. Students will be well-briefed on the skills necessary in order to complete these questions, and they’re usually explained and planned as a class when they’re set. Students are encouraged to ask for further help from their sociology teacher if they’re unsure about their homework.
Grade ladders show the skills/content that a pupil is required to demonstrate to reach each particular grade. These can be used by pupils and parents in targeting what they need to do to make progress in each subject.
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