GCSE Sociology

Course codes: OSC1341 / OSC1342
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Pursue your studies in Sociology, from home. This course provides you with the course materials and can include the examination fees needed to successfully gain your GCSE Sociology qualification.

  • Consider how social and socially influenced factors such as family, education, ethnicity, social class and gender can play a part in shaping individuals
  • Learn how to examine society at large and look at correlations between factors; for example, ethnicity or class
  • Develop transferable skills of analysis and the presentation of clear, logical arguments
  • Gain an internationally recognised qualification in Sociology
  • Add on your exams and we will book these for you when you are ready
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Course Overview

As well as providing an excellent knowledge base in Sociology, this GCSE course is ideal for students who are planning to study Sociology at A-Level or for those aspiring to achieve a career involving sociology such as a social worker, family support worker and social researcher.

Please note, you can take this course without completing exams, but you will not receive the GCSE accreditation.

Course Duration

Up to 12 months.

Course Outcome

You will receive your GCSE in Sociology (you must take the exams to achieve this).

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

Assessment

2 paper based exams.

Course Content
  • Functions of families
  • Family forms
  • Conjugal role relationships
  • Changing relationships within families
  • Criticisms of families
  • Divorce
  • Roles and functions on education
  • The relationship between education and capitalism
  • Educational achievement
  • Processes within schools
  • The social construction of crime and deviance
  • Social Control
  • Criminal and deviant behaviour
  • Data on crime
  • Functionalist theory of stratification
  • Socio-economic class
  • Life chances
  • Poverty as a social issue
  • Power and authority
  • Power relationships
  • Research design
  • Quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Different types of data
  • Primary and secondary sources
  • Interpretation on data
  • Practical issues
  • Ethical issues
Extra Info

Assessment

To achieve a GCSE in Sociology you will be assessed across all the above units. All units will be assessed by 2 paper-based examinations. Exams can be included in the price of this course. If you add on your exams, you will need to take these in either our Birmingham or Macclesfield centres.

A more detailed breakdown of the assessment details is provided below.

Course Duration

You will have up to 1 year to complete the full GCSE Sociology course from the date you receive your materials. You will be able to study at your own pace and in your own time without the pressure of tight deadlines.

Study Method

This course enables you to study for a GCSE Sociology by distance learning at home or at work. Your course materials will be sent online or by post, so receiving your materials is easy and hassle-free. Full tutor support will be available via email, so help is only a click away!


Course Outcome

Upon successful completion of the exams, you will receive a GCSE in Sociology. The awarding body is AQA.

It serves as ideal preparation for follow-up courses, such as A Level.

Exam details

Paper 1: The sociology of families and education

What’s assessed:

The sociology of families

The sociology of education

Relevant areas of social theory and methodology

Students will be expected to draw on knowledge and understanding of the entire course of study to show a deeper understanding of these topics.

How it’s assessed:

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

100 marks

50% of GCSE

Questions:

Section A has two multiple choice questions followed by a range of short and extended responses

Section B has two multiple choice questions followed by a range of short and extended responses

Paper 2: The sociology of crime and deviance and social stratification

What’s assessed:

The sociology of crime and deviance

The sociology of social stratification

Relevant areas of social theory and methodology

Students will be expected to draw on knowledge and understanding of the entire course of study to show a deeper understanding of these topics.

How it’s assessed:

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

100 marks

50% of GCSE

Questions:

Section A has two multiple choice questions followed by a range of short and extended responses

Section B has two multiple choice questions followed by a range of short and extended responses

Q&As

Yes! This course is the same as a GCSE you would study at a traditional school or college. The only difference is that this course is designed to be studied from home and you receive full tutor support via email.

You do not need any previous knowledge to enrol onto this course.

  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Accreditation
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE XO Student Discounts card
  • FREE CV critique service
  • FREE employability guide to help you impress future employers
  • Comprehensive study guide*
  • Open Study College Pen and Highlighter*
  • Student study planner*
  • Student notebook*
  • Document wallet*

* Not included with the online study option

No extra reading is required for the completion of this course.

You will need to take the official GCSE examinations to receive the full qualification. If you add these on you will need to take them in either of our Birmingham or Macclesfield exam centres.

If you don’t add on the exams, you will need to book and pay for these yourself.

It's not a problem. We offer a course replacement service, so if you get into trouble and your course pack is lost or damaged, our Student Support Team can provide you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee.

That's not a problem. We want to make sure you’re 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our Student Adviser Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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