‘The function of sociology, as of every science, is to reveal that which is hidden.'
(Pierre Bourdieu)

What is Sociology GCSE about?

The focus of Sociology is on social structures and the influences from society which can affect the behaviour of people, their experiences, and their interpretations of the world around them.

Many students have said that ‘once you have studied Sociology you will never see the world in the same light again’.

What are Sociology lessons like?

Sociology lessons require students to be aware of current issues in society, particularly those linked to areas of the course such as families and education. Lessons tend to be discussion based, allowing students opportunities to explore the impact of social policy on society, such as the impact of EMA or the raising of the compulsory age to remain in education.

What does the course consist of?

You will look at topics including the following:

  • Families and households
  • Education
  • Crime and deviance
  • Mass media
  • Social stratification

What jobs can I get with a Sociology GCSE?

Any career which involves working with people, including management, social work, teaching, nursing, and the police force.

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