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GCSE Sociology inc exams

Course code: OSC1342

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Achieve a GCSE in Sociology, from home! This course includes exam fees.

As well as providing an excellent knowledge base in Sociology, the GCSE Sociology course is ideal for:

  • Students who are planning to study sociology at A-Level
  • Those aspiring to achieve a career involving sociology such as a social worker, family support worker and social researcher

With the GCSE sociology course you will:

  • 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 

This course includes exam fees. There are no additional costs to pay.

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2Course Content
Unit 1: Families
  • Functions of families
  • Family forms
  • Conjugal role relationships
  • Changing relationships within families
  • Criticisms of families
  • Divorce
Unit 2: Education
  • Roles and functions on education
  • The relationship between education and capitalism
  • Educational achievement
  • Processes within schools
Unit 3: Crime and Deviance
  • The social construction of crime and deviance
  • Social Control
  • Criminal and deviant behaviour
  • Data on crime
Unit 4: Social stratification
  • Functionalist theory of stratification
  • Socio-economic class
  • Life chances
  • Poverty as a social issue
  • Power and authority
  • Power relationships
Unit 5: Sociological research methods
  • Research design
  • Quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Different types of data
  • Primary and secondary sources
  • Interpretation on data
  • Practical issues
  • Ethical issues
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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. Exam costs are included in the price of this course.

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

Paper 1: The sociology of families and education

What's assessed

  • The socilology of families
  • The sociology of education
  • Relevant aras 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 socilology of crime and deviance
  • The sociology of social stratification
  • Relevant aras 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
Course Duration

You will have 12 months 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 this home learning course you will receive a GCSE in Sociology. The awarding body is AQA.

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

4Q&As

Your Questions Answered

Is this the same qualification as a GCSE from a school or college?

Yes! The only difference is that the course is designed to be studied from home with full tutor support by email.

What skills are needed to enrol onto this course?

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

What is included in the cost of the course?
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Accreditation
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV writing service
  • Comprehensive study guide*
  • Ballpoint pen and highlighter*
  • Student study planner*
  • Student notebook*
  • Document wallet*

* Not included with the online study option

Is there a required reading list?

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

Do I have to sit an exam?

You will need to take the official GCSE examinations in either of our Birmingham or Macclesfield exam centres in order to fully complete this course. Exam costs are included in the price of this course.

Are there any additional costs?

No, all exam costs are included and there's nothing else to pay.

What happens if I lose my course pack?

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.

What if I still have questions?

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 Support Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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