Course Information

Literacy ****
Numeracy ***
Communications ****
Creativity **
Practical *
Group Work ***
Examination Assessment 100%
Non Examination Assessment 0%
EBacc x
Examination Board EDUQAS
Course GCSE

General Information

The EDUQAS GCSE examinations studies how people create organize and sustain their societies. It explores how human action both shapes and is shaped by, surrounding economic, social and cultural structures and processes. 

Through the study of families, education, crime and deviance, class and sociological research methods, new perspectives of social interaction and the world we live in will be revealed to you. You will learn about critical tools and explore possibilities for creating a better world. 

What will I need to succeed?

You will need an interest in the world around you and the complex nature of the human race.  Analytical and communication skills will be an advantage and the ability to compare and contrast different points of view and be able to construct your own, well justified, opinion. 

By studying sociology, you will develop transferable skills including how to: 

  • Investigate facts and make deductions 
  • Develop opinions and new ideas on social issues 
  • Analyze and better understand the social world.

Assessment Details

100% Exam – May/June  2020
Paper 1:  Understanding Social Processes
Paper 2: Understanding Social Structures
What’s assessed: 
  • Key concepts and processes of cultural transmission
  • The sociology of families
  • The sociology of education
  • Sociological research methods
What’s assessed: 
  • Social differentiation and stratification
  • The sociology of crime and deviance
  • Applied methods of sociological enquiry
How is it assessed: 
  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of GCSE
How is it assessed: 
  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of GCSE

What careers it can lead to after leaving Swanmore College

Sociology is helpful for a career in:

  • Law
  • Journalism
  • Social work
  • Teaching and Childcare
  • Youth and community work
  • Medicine
  • Travel and tourism 
  • Government – local and national
  • Criminology 
  • Business 

Other careers where sociology is relevant… counselling, community work, nursing, medicine, physiotherapy, personnel, administration, sales marketing, occupational administration, sales marketing, occupational therapy, social research, advertising, journalism, police force, teaching, market research, opinion polling, legal work, welfare work, information management, management consultancy, statistical research, management consultancy, statistical research, public relations, tourism, prison work, civil service, policy making, town planning. 

So sociology is extremely good for a career in business, probably better than business studies in fact.’ From an Article in the Guardian 2012