Key Stage 4

What qualification will the course lead to? GCSE

Which Examination Board? AQA

Course content

Students will develop a wide range of knowledge and understanding about society, and how sociologist study and understand structures, processes and issues.  Sociology is exciting, interesting and relevant to your daily life, and develops analytical and evaluation skills.


Unit 1: Studying Society; Education; Families

Students will be introduced to central terms and concepts used in sociology. For example:

• Social structures, including the family and education.

• Social processes, including socialisation, social control and social change

• Social issues, including the causes and consequences of inequality


Unit 2: Crime and Deviance; Mass Media; Power; Social Inequality

Crime and Deviance

Students will learn to:

•    distinguish the concepts of crime and deviance.

•    describe the ways in which individuals are encouraged to conform to social rules.You will learn at a basic level, of the social distribution of crime, e.g. class, age, gender, ethnicity and locality.

Mass Media

Students will learn to identify the mass media and outline the major characteristics of this means of communication.


Students will learn to have a basic understanding of the role of citizens in the political process in Britain.


Social Inequality

Students will learn to:

  • Identify and describe forms of stratification based on class, gender, ethnicity, age and religion.
  • Describe and explain the ways in which life chances are influenced by differences in wealth, income, power and status. 

How will students be assessed?

There will be two written examinations in Year 11 – both 1 hour and 30 minutes (worth 50% each).