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Sociology (KS4)

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Sociology students at Notre Dame enjoy the course immensely and achieve good results (87% 4 or above in 2019)

Sociology is the study of human behaviour and society. It is a Social Science with its’ own set of guiding principles which are used to question, research and explain our social world. If you are someone who enjoys questioning their own life and why we have to do the things we do, this subject will allow you to thrive. If you are interested in why the riots of 2011 started, how family can influence the choices you make or how schools and media shapes our opinions then you should choose Sociology. You need to be happy to challenge your own opinions and respect others.

AT GCSE, students explain and evaluate different sociological theories such as Feminism, Marxism, Functionalism and social research that explains how humans have constructed our society. Particular focus is placed on the role of gender, ethnicity, social class and age in society today. The themes of power and inequality are explored through all of the units on the course which include; Researching Society, the Family, Education, Crime and Deviance and The Mass Media. Sociology is an academic subject, and students should be prepared to analyse statistics, construct their own social research, evaluate sociological evidence and write extended answers.


The course is assessed by 2 written examinations that are worth 50% each. Both these written exams are sat at the end of Year 11. There is no controlled assessment or coursework.

Paper 1: Understanding Social Processes – including families, education, cultural transmission and sociological research methods (50%)

Paper 2: Understanding social structures – including social differentiation, crime and deviance  (50%) 

Additional Information:

Sociology at GCSE is useful for a range of careers including Journalism, Media, Health Care, Law, Teaching, Social Work, Politics, Criminology, Public Services and much more. Sociology is a discipline that can be studied at A-level , degree level and beyond for those who wish to work within the civil service and government departments, pressure groups, overseas development, public relations welfare and probation services.

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