Sociology GCSE

Studying GCSE Sociology will give you key transferable skills that will allow you to succeed in a variety of careers.

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Overview

It's often said that the function of sociology is to reveal that which is hidden; why do people behave the way they do? What governs our everyday interactions, and what drives social change? If you're fascinated by questions like these, then GCSE Sociology is the qualification for you.

As a cornerstone of social science, sociology overlaps several unique disciplines that study society, such as economics, psychology, and political science. It provides a range of essential, transferable skills, including analysis, problem-solving, critical thinking, and research, all of which are invaluable in just about any career, as well as further education avenues. 

What you'll learn

Unit 1 - Introduction

In this section, you’ll get a brief overview of the content and structure of the course, how to get support from your tutor and our student support team, and the marking structure that will be used to grade your work.

Unit 2 - The Sociological Approach

In unit two, you’ll take a look at some of the key terms and themes that all sociologists need to be familiar with. You’ll also examine key classical sociologists, their world view, and their contribution to the subject as a whole. Moving on, you’ll investigate different sociological perspectives and debates, the appropriate way to utilise different research methods, and more.

Unit 3 - Families and Their Functions

In this unit, you’ll take a look at the role of the family, and how it’s changed over time. You’ll also examine typical conjugal roles and responsibilities, sociological criticisms of different family structures, and marital breakdown and divorce. You’ll also take a look at the topic of families through the lens of Marxism and feminism.

Unit 4 - Families

In this unit, you’ll take a look at how families in the UK differ from those around the world. You’ll also examine Rapoport’s family diversity theories, diversity within family life, as well as surrogacy, single parenting, and same-sex parenting.

Unit 5 - Education

In this section, you’ll focus on education and the role it plays in society. You’ll examine the relationship between education and capitalism, the different factors that affect educational success, and how education success is measured within the school system.

Unit 6 - Crime and Deviance

In unit six, you’ll focus on the social construction of crime and deviance, how social order is maintained, and how gender, age, social class and ethnicity affect people’s propensity to commit crimes.

Unit 7 - Social Stratification

In this unit, you’ll study the functionalist theory of social stratification, and how society is divided according to socio-economic factors. You’ll also take a look at how different life experiences can affect a person’s chances of achieving happiness and success.

Unit 8 - Social Stratification: Power and Poverty

Next, you’ll examine poverty as a social issue, along with the different sociological perspectives through which this issue can be analysed. You’ll look at the inequalities that exist in society between different social groups, along with the role that political power plays in reinforcing this.

Unit 9 - Sociological Research Methods

In this unit, you’ll take a look at how sociologists carry out research, qualitative and quantitative methods of gathering data, research planning and ethics, and more.

Unit 10 - Preparing for the Exams

In this unit, you’ll prepare for your final exams.

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Course Outcome

Upon successful completion of this home learning course, you will receive a GCSE in Sociology, issued by AQA. This syllabus (8192) has been chosen specifically because it is best suited to distance learning.

How is this course assessed or examined?

You can enrol now for examinations for Summer 2024.

Sociology GCSE Exams & Assignments
You'll be required to complete the two GCSE standard written exams, all of which must be taken in the same session. 

  • Paper 1: 1 hour 45 minutes, 50% of marks
  • Paper 2: 1 hour 45 minutes, 50% of marks

We provide a guaranteed exam space in one of our partner exam centres around the UK. Check where your closest exam centre is.

There is no coursework to complete during your course. However, you will be required complete 11 assignments and one introductory. These do not contribute to your final grade but provide you with an opportunity to submit work to your tutor for marking and feedback. This will help you to gauge your progress as you work through the course. 

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this level two GCSE Sociology course; however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write in English

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Exam Results: I haven't done as well as I expected in my exams. Is there anything I can do?

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Can GCSEs help you get a place at university?

Gaining GCSEs is the first step toward sitting a uni degree. You’ll need GCSE courses or IGCSE courses to progress to A-level courses, which remain the most prevalent means of accessing higher education.

At Oxbridge, we offer both GCSE and IGCSE courses, which are qualifications of equal merit with the added benefit of being internationally recognised. Both GCSEs and IGCSEs can be studied by adults online.

How long does it take to gain a GCSE as an adult?

GCSEs are typically studied across a period of 2 years however, our fast-track GCSE option enables you to complete and qualify for your chosen GCSEs within a year.

Do Universities prefer IGCSEs or GCSEs?

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On average, by studying Oxbridge online GCSE courses, we find that our students get grades that are 20% higher and pass around 30% quicker than students in traditional colleges. We’d love to help you do the same!

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Is IGCSE harder than GCSE?

International General Certificate of Secondary Education courses (ICGSEs) cover some of the same subjects as GCSE’s such as GeographyEnglish Language and the sciences, but they are recognised internationally. The level of difficulty is equal to a GCSE course, and universities view both qualifications as equal.

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What does GCSE stand for?

GCSE stands for: General Certificate of Secondary Education and IGCSE stands for ‘International General Certificate of Secondary Education’.

Whatever your aspirations and goals for the future, you’ll most likely need GCSEs to get there. Introduced in 1988, the General Certificate of Secondary Education remains the UK’s primary recognised certificate of foundation-level education and is viewed by employers, colleges and universities as the minimum expected standard for prospective candidates.

What will you learn on this Sociology GCSE course?

During this fascinating, interactive GCSE course you’ll look at key sociological approaches, how the family has changed over time, how the UK family differs from those around the world, the role education plays in society, and many other intriguing topics. 

Why study Sociology GCSE online?

Written to the latest AQA specification, you’ll have everything you need to succeed, starting with a clear induction and well-structured assignments to help you to develop the skills and knowledge you need to prepare for the exam. 

Will you be required to complete a reading list?

There are no essential set texts. The course includes some recommended books that you may wish to refer to for additional reading.

How much do exams cost?

Many of our courses do not require exams however, A-levels, GCSEs and some other courses do require exams to complete the qualification. Exam fees are additional to the cost of the course and prices vary depending on the course and where you sit them – find out more.

Planning on studying A-levels or GCSEs with us? We can add your exams during enrolment and blend them into your monthly payment plan if you wish. If you’re not ready to book your exam(s) yet, you can book them at a later date – all of the information is available on MyOxbridge under NEAS and Exams.

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