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Sociology GCSE

Level 2 GCSE Programme

Sociology is the study of society. You will explore areas such as education, family, poverty, crime and deviance and research methods. Studying Sociology will give you a deeper understanding of human behaviour and help you to ask and answer questions on social issues such as why class, gender and ethnic inequalities persist in society and what may be done to reduce or eliminate them.

You will be taught by a combination of teacher-led presentations introducing you to new sociological theories and concepts, carry out group work as well as independent work researching and assessing evidence and contemporary issues. You will also spend time in class watching relevant films and documentaries to support and inform your learning.

Working as part of a cohesive group, receiving tutorial support and study skills assistance from our specialist staff, you will build the foundations to enable you to be successful on a Level 3 study programme

Course Content

Sociology GCSE is available on our Access to Level 3 programme. This one-year qualification enables you to extend your range of GCSE qualifications in order to progress to A level courses.

You will consider how human beings acquire their identity and examine the process of passing on culture from generation to generation. This theme is continued through a detailed study of two agents of socialisation: families and education, which will provide you with a deeper, more theoretical understanding of the social world.

You will study why sociologists believe the family is so important and look at changing patterns of family life. You will study the functions of the education system, looking at differences between gender, ethnicity and social class in terms of who does best in our education system.

You will enhance your awareness of the social world through an examination of social structures and their influence on human behaviour. You will learn about the different sociological explanations for the causes of crime such as inequality, poor family life and poverty. You will look at different forms of status and inequality in society such as those linked to gender, class and ethnicity.

You will look at the different types of research methods sociologists use when studying society, and their strengths and weaknesses.


  • 100% Exam
  • Exam Board: WJEC

Special Features

In GCSE sociology, you will be encouraged to explore and debate contemporary social issues to enable you to challenge taken-for-granted assumptions and to question your everyday understanding of social phenomena.

By following this course, you will develop your own sociological awareness through active engagement with the contemporary social world.

Entry Requirements

  • At least 3 GCSEs at Grade 4.
  • Grade 3 in GCSE English and GCSE Maths.
  • Students who have not achieved a Grade 4 in GCSE English and/or GCSE Maths must retake as part of their study programme.

Please note; you may be required to pay course costs towards your study on this course. Please click here for a full list of 2021/2022 course costs. 

After Long Road

The study of sociology is valuable for any career that involves understanding organisations and / or people. Sociology is a subject, which relates to a range of careers and higher education courses.

Sociology has become a central feature of various careers including teaching, policing, social work, journalism, human resources and management.

This course is a good foundation for Level 3 studies.

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