GCSE Sociology


During the course of your GCSE you will study:


The Sociological Approach and research methods

You will explore different sociological perspectives on social structures, social issues and social processes. This will include understanding how feminism, functionalism, interactionism and Marxism influence sociological thought. This module also covers how to use sociological research methods and how they apply in the specified contexts ie families, education, crime and deviance, social stratification.



You will be able to identify, describe and explain the different functions of the family, while applying a variety of sociological perspectives. This part of the course will also give you the opportunity to explore the changing nature of family, the conjugal role of relationships and the criticisms of family. These tie into themes of identity, idealisation, the status and role of women and marital breakdown.



You will examine the different views of the role and function of education. You will study the Durkheim functionalist perspective and Parsons on the achieved status and meritocratic principles. This module will also direct you to look at the relationship between education and capitalism from a Marxist perspective, comparing and contrasting the sociological perspectives. You will then spend some time studying the factors affecting educational achievement in relation to class, gender and ethnicity.


Crime and Deviance

The crime and deviance module will give you insight into the social construct of these two ideas. You will examine them both the functionalist and interactionist perspectives. This will encourage you to examine crime and deviancy as a relative concept rather than an absolute. You will be encouraged to apply various sociological theories and principles to crime and deviancy and the causes of crime.


Social Stratification

Social stratification refers to a system by which a society ranks categories of people in a hierarchy such as the contemporary class system. By the end of the module you will be able to describe key theories in relation to social stratification including feminism and Marxism. You will also look at issues such as poverty, and whether poverty is an inevitable consequence of stratification.

How is the course assessed?


Paper 1: 1 hour 45 minutes

  • Families
  • Education

(+ methods applied to families and education)


Paper 2: 1 hour 45 minutes

  • Crime and Deviance
  • Stratification

(+ methods applied to crime and stratification)



Text books are provided in class


Students may wish to purchase revision resources such as:

GCSE Sociology revision (published by Collins)

Homework and learning outside of the classroom


Regular and varied homework tasks are set. These include (but are not limited to):

  • Exam style questions
  • Preparation for assessments
  • Research tasks

Sociology ‘drop-in’ sessions

KS5 Sociology

Allerton High School
King Lane, Leeds
West Yorkshire LS17 7AG
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