GCSE Sociology

🎓 The Course

The course is divided into two components: Understanding Social Processes and Understanding Social Structures. Pupils focus on the exploration of the themes such as socialisation, identity and culture in the first component - understanding social process. Pupils are encouraged to contemplate how they acquire their individual identity, through a detailed study of two agents of socialisation: families and education.

In addition pupils examine social structures in society and judge their influence on individuals. In component two pupils will enhance their awareness of the social world through an examination of social structures and their influence on human behaviour; social differentiation, power and stratification. This includes the theme of power, issues of social order and social control, studied through crime and deviance. 

The application of theoretical ideas and principles will provide learners with a deeper understanding of the social world and help them to explore the structures and processes that exist in society. 

📝 Assessments

The GCSE Sociology course is split into 2 units. 

Component One: Understanding Social Processes

📋 50% of overall grade (100 marks)
⏰ 1 hour 45 minute exam


  • Concepts and processes of cultural transmission- culture, identity and socialisation. 
  • Family - family diversity, social changes, sociological theories of the role of the family. 
  • Education - Sociological theories of the role of education, educational achievement 
  • Sociological research methods.

Component 2: Understanding Social Structures 

📋 50% of overall grade (100 marks)
⏰ 1 hour 45 minute exam


  • Social differentiation and stratification - forms and sources of power and authority, poverty, equality/inequality, 
  • Crime and deviance - Social construction of concepts of crime and deviance, social control, theories and explanations of deviance and criminal behaviour 
  • Research methods.
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Subject Contact:

Mrs Nobis

Post-16 Academic:

  • A Level Sociology
  • BTEC Level 3 Health and Social Care
  • BTEC Level 3 Childcare and Education

Post-16 Employment:

  • Social Work
  • Primary Education
  • Mental Health
  • Nursing
  • Criminology
  • Psychology
  • Police
  • Law
  • Marketing & Advertising
  • Human Resources (HR)
  • Social Research
  • Care Work
  • Childcare