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GCSE Sociology

GCSE Eduqas/WJEC specification

Why study sociology?

Martin Luther King, Tony Blair, Michelle Obama and past president, Ronald Reagan all have something in common – not only were they all very influential leaders in their own right but they have also all studied sociology. This should come as no surprise as the subject equips students with the ability to identify and understand the processes, methods and concepts that shape lives, create experiences, solve problems and explore possibilities in the modern world. Because sociology addresses the most challenging issues of our time, it is a rapidly expanding field whose potential is increasingly tapped by those who lead in the fields of politics, law, business and education. Sociologists understand social inequality, patterns of behaviour, forces for social change and resistance, and the workings of social systems. Sociology is an exciting discipline with expanding opportunities for a wide range of careers.

In the GCSE course, the social behaviour of society is studied in great detail. Agents of socialisation such as the family, peer groups, schools and the media are analysed.

Topic areas covered

  • Paper 1: Key concepts and processes of cultural transmission, families and education
  • Paper 2: Social differentiation and stratification, crime and deviance, research methods


Examination: 100%

At the end of Year 11, students will take two exams. The first is about understanding social processes, whereas the second exam is about understanding social structures.

Both exams will have a mixture of short answer questions, structured questions and extended response questions, all of which are compulsory.

Teaching staff

Miss J England (Head of Faculty)
Mrs A Ahmed

East Leake Academy