Welcome to the Sociology department

AQA GCSE Sociology 

GCSE Sociology is currently only studied by students in Year 11. Sociology provides students with the opportunity to study the sociology of families, education, crime and deviance and social stratification.

Students will develop their understanding of complex social structures, empirical investigation and constructing balanced arguments, as well strengthening their analytical and research skills.

Assessment: 2 exams worth 50% of the overall mark each 

Mr M Whittington – Course Leader

Topics – Year 11 

Half Term 1

Half Term 2

Autumn Paper 1: Sociological research methods. Evaluations of different research approaches and methods. Paper 2: Crime and Deviance. Sociological research and explanations of crime and deviance.
Spring Paper 2: crime and social differentiation.

Social differentiation and stratification, gender, age, social class, ethnicity and power.

Pre-public exams followed by bespoke revision sessions based on results.
Summer Revision of both paper 1 and 2 and end of year exams. GCSE Exams proper.
How parents can support 
Homework Monitoring the completion of weekly homework tasks. Tasks are varied between compulsory tasks related to the work completed in class, plus optional extension tasks or reading designed to prepare for A-Level.
Revision Guide Collins Grade 9-1 GCSE Sociology AQA All-in-One Complete Revision and Practice.

Woodfield and Owens My Revision Notes: AQA GCSE (9-1) Sociology.

All available on Amazon and other sellers.

Useful Websites
Exam Practice Revision Guides and workbooks (above) for examples of answers.

Timed exam questions at home. Like other GCSEs this is new and so the question bank is limited. I am adapting older questions to the new style.

Resources Sociology reading list – All students have had numerous copies.

Channel 4 news (7pm weekdays) – Excellent source for current affairs and can be useful for examples.


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