Sociology GCSE KS4

This is not taught as a bespoke subject to KS3, aspects of it are covered within other subJects until KS4.

Title of course: WJEC GCSE Sociology

Who is it aimed at?

Following a course in GCSE Sociology should encourage students to: be inspired, moved and changed by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study;  reflect on their own experience of the social world to enhance their ability to play informed roles within different social contexts;  make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices; recognise that their sociological knowledge, understanding and skills help them to develop an understanding of the interrelationships between individuals, groups, institutions and societies; critically analyse the nature and sources of information and to base reasoned judgements and arguments on evidence; organise and communicate their knowledge and understanding in different and creative ways, and reach substantiated judgements.

Brief description of course content:

Unit One
Understanding Social Processes

Unit Two
Understanding Social Structures

Both units form 50% of the content of the Full Course GCSE Sociology.

Students follow the course will be studying the following concepts as part of the core units. They will then look at the same key concepts through the options below.

Key concepts:

Understanding the interrelationships between individuals, groups, institutions and society; Sociological debates and theories with reference to people and society; Understanding the study of society.

Unit One Optional Topics:  Unit Two Optional Topics:
Families Work
Education Power and Participation
Mass Media Crime and Deviance
Sport and Leisure Global citizenship

Assessment criteria:

UNIT 1: Understanding Social Processes (50%)
Written Paper: 1 ½ hours

UNIT 2: Understanding Social Structures (50%)
Written Paper: 1 ½ hours

Progression pathways:

Candidates who have followed this specification will have the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills needed to progress either to the more demanding “A” Level or alternative courses. Career pathways can include: social worker, teacher, substance education, family planning, community work, law and health services.