Sociology

GCSE Sociology

QUALIFICATION: GCSE Sociology

EXAMINATION BOARD: OCR

Course Description

  • Unit B671: Sociology Basics – During section A of this unit, students will learn about sociological evidence and research methods. In Section B they will be introduced to the basic concepts within Sociology, including Culture, Socialisation and Identity. This will be assessed by a one hour exam which counts for 25% of the total marks.
  • Unit B672: Socialisation, Culture and Identity – During this unit, students will be studying topics in more detail. These are the Family, Crime and Deviance, plus Education or Youth Culture or the Mass Media. This will be assessed by a 1 ½ hour exam which counts for 50% of the total marks.
  • Unit B673: Applying Sociological Research Methods – During this unit, students will apply their sociological research knowledge to an evaluation of two pre-released investigations. This will be assessed by on a one hour exam which counts for 25% of the total marks

 

Component

 

 

Unit 1

B671 Sociology Basics

25%

Exam taken at the end of Year 11

Unit 2

B672 Socialisation, Culture and Identity

50%

Exam taken at the end of Year 11

Unit 3

B673 Applying Sociological research Techniques

(based on pre-released research material)

25%

Exam taken at the end of Year 11

 

WHY STUDY SOCIOLOGY?

If you are curious or concerned about the world in which we live. If you wondered why boys and girls seem to act so differently, and why girls are doing better at school; if you’re curious about the influence of the media; if you’re concerned about the causes of crime or why people join gangs; if you’re wondering what’s happening to the Education system; if you’ve thought about how and why the family is changing; or finally how change can be brought about, then this course is for you.

Moreover you will learn how to improve your communication and literacy skills. You will learn how to research an issue, and how to critically look at the world around you, rather than just accepting what you’re told.

PROGRESSION ROUTES

Sociology is open to all students, although students who achieve level 5 or above are most likely to achieve a 9-5 level in the subject. Results in the past have been consistently high regularly exceeding national targets.

Many students go on to take Sociology A-Level, and in some cases then study a Sociology degree. However, Sociology, by developing a general set of skills as well as a critical approach to evidence and the world around you is highly valued for a range of career choices, from Law to Journalism, to Business and Politics.