Sociology


What will my child's learning be like in Sociology?

GCSE Sociology requires students to be open-minded and respectful of others at all times as we learn about a variety of different cultures. We study the Eduqas Sociology course.

Paper 1: Understanding Social Processes

Key concepts within sociology

  • Families
  • Education
  • Research Methods

This will be assessed by a 1 hour and 45 minutes written exam. This is worth 50% of the overall GCSE sociology qualification.

Paper 2: Understanding Social Structures

  • Crime and Deviance
  • Social Differentiation and Stratification
  • Applied methods of social enquiry (Research design & interpreting data)

This will be assessed by a 1 hour and 45 minutes written exam. This is worth 50% of the overall GCSE sociology qualification.

What are we aiming to achieve in the Sociology department?

Sociology studies how society works. It will help students to understand how individuals fit into a wider social network and encourage students to question beliefs about society which they may have previously taken for granted. Sociologists are interested in why society works in the way that it does and the extent to which our behaviour and opportunities can be shaped by our social class, age, gender and race. There are many careers where a qualification in sociology is useful. For example, many sociologists go into social work: community projects, charity work, welfare advisors and other areas of social services. Other careers are civil service, prison officers, journalists, police and teaching. A qualification in sociology provides students with many key skills, including logical thinking, planning, research and negotiation.

For more information please contact

Daniel Hargreaves, Head of Humanities daniel.hargreaves@lowryacademy.org.uk

Alicia Shanks, Teacher of Sociology and Lead Practitioner, Humanities alicia.shanks@lowryacademy.org.uk