Key Stage 4

 

We study the AQA GCSE specification that is divided into 2 units. The short course unit 1 paper is taken at the end of year 10 and this examines the following topics.
 
FAMILIES & HOUSEHOLDS:
What are the different types of family? What is the purpose of the family? Is the family now in decline?
 
EDUCATION:
Why are girls now outperforming boys? Why do middle class children get more GCSEs than working class children?
 
STUDYING SOCIETY:
How do we find out about the society we live in?
 
The second unit of the course is completed at the end of year 11 and this examines these topics.
 
MASS MEDIA:
How far does the media shape people’s views in society? Do the media stereotype groups in Britain?
 
CRIME AND DEVIANCE:
Who commits most crime and why? How do sociologists try to explain crime? Are crime statistics reliable?
 
POWER:
How can individuals and groups influence decision making? How do governments try to help ease social problems and promote equality in society?
 
SOCIAL INEQUALITY:
In what ways is society divided? How far does wealth determine your life chances? How do social class, ethnicity, gender and religion effect your position in society?
 
Student Marks from both exams are then added up and their overall GCSE grade is then awarded at the end of year 11. There is no coursework to be completed and all students sit the same tier of paper.