The GCSE Sociology curriculum is designed to enable our students living in and understanding 21st century society. The Sociology curriculum equips students with the knowledge and language to challenge their own beliefs and perceptions of society.

The curriculum furthers their understanding of economic, social and political powers which shape their lives and the lives of their fellow citizens on a local, national and global level.

In our age of global citizenship and changing social, political and economic forces, a study of Sociology is more relevant than ever. The study of Sociology creates global thinkers able to critically evaluate the forces within society which seem to have power over them. Sociology allows students to challenge society’s perception of power and aims to give power ‘to’ students, not have power ‘over’ them. Sociology is truly a subject that can inspire people to break down boundaries.


GCSE Sociology is taught in years 10 and 11 and leads to a GCSE qualification. We cover the following topics:

  1. The sociological approach
  2. Social structures, social processes and social issues
  3. Families
  4. Education
  5. Crime and deviance
  6. Social stratification
  7. Sociological research methods

Studying Sociology also helps to 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.

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