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Mount Carmel - College for Girls

GCSE Sociology

Sociology is the study of how society is organized and how we experience life. Sociologists have conducted much ground-breaking research in major social issues such as poverty and crime. If you become a Sociology student you will not be provided with quick answers but what you will discover is how to think about these issues for yourself.

Why study Sociology?

Many students study Sociology for the personal enrichment it brings them, broadening their minds and enabling them to see their world in new and interesting ways. If you choose to study Sociology you will gain a range of very valuable skills; for example, you will learn how to work independently; you will learn how to find information, extract what is important from it and turn it into an argument. With newly acquired skills and insights into the workings of society it is not surprising that a wide range of employers see a Sociology qualification as being highly relevant; many students decide to continue their Sociology studies at college and then beyond to university. People who have studied Sociology go into a wide variety of jobs from Lawyers to GPs to Social Workers to Teachers to name but a few.




Unit B671: Sociology Basics 

This unit aims to give students a basic introduction to the key methodologies and concepts used within Sociology. It is logical starting point for any Sociology course and a useful introduction to the concepts and topics that will be studied in more depth in the other two units.

Section A of this unit encourages students to develop a critical understanding of sociological evidence and research processes. This includes knowledge of the main methods and stages of sociological research.

Section B of this unit introduces students to the basic key concepts in Sociology and they start to make links between the individual and society, looking particularly at ideas of culture, socialisation and identity.

Unit B672: Socialisation, Culture and Identity

This unit offers a choice of substantive topics through which the themes of socialisation, culture, identity, power and control are developed. It builds upon the knowledge and skills acquired in the first unit (B671: Sociological Basics) and seeks to develop an understanding of the nature of sociological thought in the context of the topics studied.

Unit B673: Applying Sociological Research Techniques

This unit in the GCSE Sociology specification requires students to build on the knowledge gained in the first unit with reference to sociological research. Students will be provided with pre-released material, which will take the form of two investigations, both focussing on the same topic.

The investigations can be drawn from any area of sociological research. Students will then be examined on their understanding of the investigations - the process involved in preparing the topic for study, applying different methods and evidence to investigate it and then drawing conclusions from the data. Students should be able analyse and evaluate different research methods and should be aware of the factors that are important when researching topic areas. 



Unit Number/ Unit TitleAssessment Details%of QualificationExam Taken
B671 / Sociology Basics

 1 hour written paper (60 marks)

Question Paper: 2 sections - candidates answer all questions.

25%End of Year 11
B672 / Socialisation, Culture and Identity

1 hour 30mins written paper (120 marks)

Question Paper: Candidates answer questions on the 3 topics they have studied as stated above.

50%End of Year 11
B673 / Applying Sociological Research Techniques

 1 hour written paper (60 marks)

Question Paper: Based on pre-released material. Candidates answer all questions.

25%End of Year 11