Sociology

Key Stage 4

Exam Board: AQA

Course title and type of qualification: Sociology GCSE (9 – 1)

What will I learn?

Sociology is a high  performing department at Abbey Grange and has been taught at here since 1982  at both GCSE and A level. It is unusual for secondary schools to offer GCSE  Sociology, but it is very popular here.

Sociology is the study of society and  behaviour (for full list of topics you will study look at the ‘how will I be  assessed’ section). You will study fascinating topics such as: Family –  asking questions such as, how does family affect a child’s life? Why are some  families more common than others?

Education  - why do some students underachieve in school? How does your school affect  your chances of doing well?

Crime and deviance– what type of people  commit crime? Why did the London riots happen? Why do some ethnicities get  stopped and searched more than others?

Social stratification –  why does poverty exist and what is the government doing about it? As part of  the course you will be doing a number of investigations into society which  will comprise of interviews, questionnaires, etc.

Typically, the successful Sociology student likes serious discussion  at home and in class.

How will I be assessed?

You will sit two exams at the end of year  11. Each exam will last for one hour forty-five minutes. The questions range  from short mark answers to longer essays.

Exam one will include the following topics: The  Family and Education with Research Methods.

Exam two will include the following topics:  The Sociology of Crime and Deviance and Social Stratification with Research  Methods.

What could I move onto?

Sociology is an excellent  subject to help you develop skills to help you in the future. These skills  include: teamwork, independent learning, research, organisation, analysis,  evaluation and problem solving skills.

These skills can help you  if you decide to study A levels in Sociology, History, Psychology, Geography,  Politics and many more subjects.

Some jobs in which Sociology can be very  helpful are: teaching, health care, law, police, social work, counselling,  local government and politics, journalism, charity, as well as many other  areas.

With around 80 – 90% gaining grades 9-4,  Sociology produces a lot of young people with skills and knowledge which can  help them to move in to a variety of areas in the future. As a department, we  consistently achieve higher results compared to similar schools in the  country.

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Butcher Hill
Leeds
LS16 5EA

Tel: 0113 275 7877
Fax: 0113 275 4784
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Abbey Grange Church of England Academy
Butcher Hill
Leeds
LS16 5EA
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