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Ms J L Hamill (Headteacher)
45-65 Oaks Lane, Newbury Park
Ilford, IG2 7PQ

Social Sciences

Exam Board: AQA
  • GCSE Sociology helps students to gain knowledge and understanding of key social structures, processes and issues through the study of families, education, crime and deviance and social stratification.
  • Students will develop their analytical, assimilation and communication skills by comparing and contrasting perspectives on a variety of social issues, constructing reasoned arguments, making substantiated judgements and drawing reasoned conclusions.
  • By studying sociology, students will develop transferable skills including how to:
    • investigate facts and make deductions
    • develop opinions and new ideas on social issues
    • analyse and better understand the social world.
  • The sociology of families
  • The sociology of education
  • The sociology of crime and deviance
  • The sociology of social stratification
  • Social theory
  • Methodology

Paper 1: The Sociology of Families and Education

  • Written Exam – 1 hour 45 mins: 50% of total mark

Paper 2: The Sociology of Crime and Deviance and Social Stratification

  • Written Exam – 1 hour 45 mins: 50% of total mark


To study Sociology, you will be
  • able to reflect on your own experience and the world around you;
  • expected to write essays and make thorough written notes;
  • encouraged to be an interested, independent and active learner;
  • required to participate in class debates and to keep up to date with current issues;
  • encouraged to develop your ability to present opposing views;
  • expected to produce logical written and verbal arguments clearly.
Career Path

Sociology is particularly useful for students who want to work with people and in a wide range of occupations. Some examples are:

  • Criminology/Police Service
  • Law
  • Social Work
  • Public Relations
  • Personnel Management
  • Teaching
  • Marketing

In fact, if you will be working with people (and that’s just about everybody) Sociology will be a useful subject to study!

Exam Board: EDEXCEL
This course is equivalent to 1 GCSE grade. Students are able to gain an A*, A, B, C or E, by completing four units over the two year course. 

Learners must complete the two core units and two optional units to reach a total of 120 Guided Learning Hours for 1 GCSE.

Synopsis of Content
Core Units:

Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development (Exam).

Unit 2: Health & Social Care Values (Coursework).

Optional Units:

Unit 3: Effective Communication in Health & Social Care (Coursework).

Unit 6: Nutrition for Health and Wellbeing (coursework)

Assessment & Coursework Assignments

Students will be assessed through vocationally set assignments and an externally set 1 hour examination. In the assignments, students will need to meet deadlines and thoroughly cover the assessment criteria set out in the assignment.

Suitable for students who enjoy caring for people; would like to go into work-related health or social care professions and/or are studying subjects such as Biology; Sociology; Food Technology; RE and Citizenship.
Progression to Higher Education / Vocational Destinations:

A BTEC First Award provides you with skills for employment and a good grounding to progress to a more advanced course such as:

  • BTEC National Diploma or Certificate in Health & Social Care;
  • BTEC National Diploma or Certificate in Health Studies;
  • BTEC National Diploma or Certificate in Children’s Play, Learning and Development;
  • A Levels.
Work and train in (apprenticeships):
  • Registered Care Homes;
  • Hospitals and Primary Care Trusts;
  • Nursing Homes;
  • Health Centres;
  • Nurseries
Please see Ms H Hanlon for further details (F11).

Ms R Sangha – History, Politics & Social Sciences Team Leader

Ms E Gonda – Sociology Subject Leader

Ms H Hanlon – Health & Social Subject Leader

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