Key Stage 4

We study the AQA GCSE specification that is divided into 2 units. Both unit 1 and 2 are completed in year 11.


What are the different types of family? What is the purpose of the family? Is the family now in decline?


Why are girls now outperforming boys? Why do middle class children get more GCSEs than working class children?


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.


Who commits most crime and why? How do sociologists try to explain crime? Are crime statistics reliable?


How can individuals and groups influence decision making? How do governments try to help ease social problems and promote equality in society?


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


We also follow the AQA A level course and this follows a similar pattern of assessment to the GCSE course offered at Caterham. If a student has completed GCSE sociology it is expected that they will have at least a B grade in order to start the A level course. Students who have not studied Sociology at GCSE  would need a B in English.

The year 12 course (AS COURSE)

  • Paper 1: Education with Methods in Context
  • 1 hour 30 minutes written exam
  • 50% of AS level
  • Paper 2: Research Methods and Topics in Sociology
  • Section A: compulsory content
  • Section B: Topics in Sociology, we will study Families and households
  • 1 hour 30 minutes written exam
  • 50% of AS level

Year 13 course (ALEVEL COURSE)

  • Paper 1: Education with  Theory and Methods
  • 2 hour written exam
  • 33.3% of A-level
  • Paper 2: Topics in Sociology
  • Section A: one from option 1: (Families)
  • Section B: one from option 2: (Beliefs in Society)
  • 2 hour written exam
  • Paper 3: Crime and  Deviance with Theory and Methods
  • 2 hour written exam
  • 33.3% of A-level

To complete the full A LEVEL in Sociology students need to complete all three papers in year 13  

How is sociology useful in later life? 

As a respected course It will often help secure a place at university

Learn the skills that employers need, such as research, report writing, creative and analytical thinking and the evaluation  of ideas.

It is useful for “people centred” careers and jobs requiring strong analytical skills. This could include teaching, law, social work, the police force, local government work, through to personnel, advertising, market research and journalism.

The study of sociology will also help students to look at competing points of view on current issues in society and help them to make their own judgements about the world around us.