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GCSE Sociology including exams

This Course at a Glance

  • Study the theories of sociologists like Durkheim, Marx and Weber
  • Develop opinions and new ideas on social issues
  • Analyse and better understand the social world
  • Complete this GCSE in as little as 6 months
  • Learn from the comfort of home
  • Exam included

About your Diploma

By studying Sociology, you are taking the first real step towards understanding the deep and meaningful complexities and behaviours within society. The subject is an umbrella, under which sits the many elements that make up the human world, from cultural and social structures to inter-human relationships and our tribal nature.

Through GCSE Sociology, you can begin to expand your understanding of key social structures, processes and issues through the study of families, education, crime and deviance and social stratification.

You will develop your analytical, assimilation and communication skills by comparing and contrasting perspectives on a variety of social issues, constructing reasoned arguments, making substantiated judgements and drawing reasoned conclusions.

You will also learn how to apply various research methods to different sociological contexts, all of which will help you analyse and better understand the social world. With this knowledge and qualification, you will be able to pursue social studies at a higher level which could lead you towards careers in areas like Youth Work, Social Research, Community Development and more.

Getting Started

learndirect is a leading online based college, so all your learning materials and assignments are accessible through an online student portal.

We don’t operate any physical classes or rigid timetables. Once you are enrolled, you can start learning straight away.

You will be given a dedicated login and you will have instant access to your course material and assignments. That means you can learn in a way that works for you, the only specific deadline to work towards is your exam – exam sittings are held once per year in May or June.

You will also have an expert Tutor to help you throughout your Sociology GCSE. They will provide guidance and give feedback on your assignments and are available to help you if you get stuck or need support with your studies.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

You will be unable to book your exam until all outstanding course fees are settled in full, this includes any associated charges deemed to be payable as per your initial contract.

All courses funded via our partner Premium Credit Limited, will need to be settled with them directly.

Modules

Module 1: The Sociological Approach

Module 2: Social Structures, Social Processes and Social Issues

Module 3: Families

Included in this module:

  • Functions of families
  • Family Forms
  • Conjugal Role Relationships
  • Changing Relationships within Families
  • Criticisms of Families
  • Divorce

Module 4: Education

Included in this module:

  • Roles and Functions of Education
  • The Relationship Between Education and Capitalism
  • Educational Achievement
  • Processes within Schools

Module 5: Crime and Deviance

Included in this module:

  • The Social Construction of Crime and Deviance
  • Social Control
  • Criminal and Deviant Behaviour
  • Data on Crime

Module 6: Social Stratification

Included in this module:

  • Functionalist Theory of Stratification
  • Socio-Economic Class
  • Life Chances
  • Poverty as a Social Issue
  • Power and Authority
  • Power Relationships

Module 7: Sociological Research Methods

Entry Requirements

You must complete at least 50% of the course and pass the associated assignments before you are eligible to be entered for the exams.

Average completion timeframe

The average time it takes to complete the course is 18 months.

Assessment requirements

The assessment consists of written exams

Exams required

One of our exam partners will provide the exam centre and oversee the examination process.

Is Membership Required?

No membership is required to enrol on this course.

Certification Timeframe

You can expect to receive your certificate 3 months after receiving the result.

Extension Rules

£40 for six months, maximum of twice. If expired more than six months ago, or have already had two extensions, then they need to restart the course and pay again.

Course Fees

All course fees, inclusive of all payment plans including our Premium Credit Limited option, must be settled before exams can be booked.

*You will have access to the course for 24 months.

At the end of each module, you will find a Tutor Marked Assignment (TMA), which you will complete online and submit to your Tutor for marking. Once assessed, your Tutor will return your work complete with its final grade and feedback. When you’ve successfully passed each assignment you’ll be ready to take your exam!

*Please note, the qualification will be graded on a nine-point scale: 1 to 9 – where 9 is the best grade.

Sociology GCSE Grading

IMPORTANT NOTE:

You will be unable to book your exam until all outstanding course fees are settled in full, this includes any associated charges deemed to be payable as per your initial contract.

All courses funded via our partner Premium Credit Limited, will need to be settled with them directly.

Tutors and Exams

Tutors and Exams provide examination and assessment facilities primarily aimed at private and home educated candidates.

Tutors and Exams currently have five examination centres located around the country: Bolton, Coventry, Doncaster, St Neots Cambridgeshire and Wimbledon. All are approved for examination delivery by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ).

In addition to their examination centres, they also have a dedicated Science laboratory based in Birmingham with the ability to deliver A Level Science practicals all year round and access to another Science laboratory located in London.

Upon successful completion of the modules and the exam at the end of the course, you will have gained a GCSE in Sociology. This will enable you to progress to further and higher education programmes.

Developing your career

A GCSE in Sociology allows you to go on to study at A Level, complete an RQF or an Access to Higher Education Diploma. All of which can allow you to go on to study Sociology or other Social Sciences at degree level.

Frequently Asked Questions

Whether Sociology is a "hard" GCSE depends on your individual strengths and interests. On the one hand, it doesn't involve complex equations or memorising extensive scientific data. Instead, it focuses on understanding human behaviour and society, which might feel more intuitive for some. However, it does require critical thinking, analysing information from different perspectives, and expressing your ideas clearly. Ultimately, its difficulty comes from applying sociological theories and concepts to analyse real-world scenarios and write well-structured essays. If you enjoy thinking critically about social issues and expressing your opinions, you might find sociology engaging and rewarding. But if you struggle with essay writing or abstract concepts, it might require more effort.
In GCSE Sociology, you'll embark on a fascinating journey to demystify society's workings. You'll start by exploring the sociological approach, learning how different perspectives analyse social phenomena. Then, you'll delve into key social structures like families, education systems, and class hierarchies, examining how they impact individuals and shape society. Each module tackles real-world social issues like crime, education inequality, and family dynamics, using diverse sociological theories to explain them. You'll even learn how sociologists conduct research through surveys, observations, and experiments, equipping you with critical thinking skills to analyse information thoughtfully.
Acing your GCSE Sociology exam requires dedication, but with the right approach, it's achievable! A few tips we recommend are to familiarise yourself thoroughly with the topics and key concepts covered in your specific exam board's syllabus. This ensures you're focusing your efforts on the right areas. Also, don't just passively read your course materials. Take notes, create flashcards, discuss concepts other learners in the learndirect community, or even try explaining them to someone else. Active engagement helps solidify your understanding. Another tip is to practice applying theories rather than just memorising definitions. Learn to apply sociological theories to real-world examples and analyse social issues through different lenses. You can also practice answering exam-style questions to hone your analytical and writing skills.
A-Level Sociology builds upon the foundation of GCSE Sociology but dives deeper with more complexity and analysis. While you'll encounter familiar topics like families, crime, and education, you'll delve into diverse theoretical perspectives, research methods, and contemporary social issues. This deeper understanding can benefit you greatly. While it’s not essential, taking GCSE Sociology first can provide a valuable springboard for a richer and more rewarding A-Level experience.
Yes, everything you need to get your GCSE Sociology qualification is included in this course option.
  • SALE Savings End Midnight Friday 31st May
  • SALE Savings End Midnight Friday 31st May

GCSE Sociology including exams

This Course at a Glance

  • Study the theories of sociologists like Durkheim, Marx and Weber
  • Develop opinions and new ideas on social issues
  • Analyse and better understand the social world
  • Complete this GCSE in as little as 6 months
  • Learn from the comfort of home
  • Exam included

About your Diploma

By studying Sociology, you are taking the first real step towards understanding the deep and meaningful complexities and behaviours within society. The subject is an umbrella, under which sits the many elements that make up the human world, from cultural and social structures to inter-human relationships and our tribal nature.

Through GCSE Sociology, you can begin to expand your understanding of key social structures, processes and issues through the study of families, education, crime and deviance and social stratification.

You will develop your analytical, assimilation and communication skills by comparing and contrasting perspectives on a variety of social issues, constructing reasoned arguments, making substantiated judgements and drawing reasoned conclusions.

You will also learn how to apply various research methods to different sociological contexts, all of which will help you analyse and better understand the social world. With this knowledge and qualification, you will be able to pursue social studies at a higher level which could lead you towards careers in areas like Youth Work, Social Research, Community Development and more.

Getting Started

learndirect is a leading online based college, so all your learning materials and assignments are accessible through an online student portal.

We don’t operate any physical classes or rigid timetables. Once you are enrolled, you can start learning straight away.

You will be given a dedicated login and you will have instant access to your course material and assignments. That means you can learn in a way that works for you, the only specific deadline to work towards is your exam – exam sittings are held once per year in May or June.

You will also have an expert Tutor to help you throughout your Sociology GCSE. They will provide guidance and give feedback on your assignments and are available to help you if you get stuck or need support with your studies.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

You will be unable to book your exam until all outstanding course fees are settled in full, this includes any associated charges deemed to be payable as per your initial contract.

All courses funded via our partner Premium Credit Limited, will need to be settled with them directly.

Modules

Module 1: The Sociological Approach

Module 2: Social Structures, Social Processes and Social Issues

Module 3: Families

Included in this module:

  • Functions of families
  • Family Forms
  • Conjugal Role Relationships
  • Changing Relationships within Families
  • Criticisms of Families
  • Divorce

Module 4: Education

Included in this module:

  • Roles and Functions of Education
  • The Relationship Between Education and Capitalism
  • Educational Achievement
  • Processes within Schools

Module 5: Crime and Deviance

Included in this module:

  • The Social Construction of Crime and Deviance
  • Social Control
  • Criminal and Deviant Behaviour
  • Data on Crime

Module 6: Social Stratification

Included in this module:

  • Functionalist Theory of Stratification
  • Socio-Economic Class
  • Life Chances
  • Poverty as a Social Issue
  • Power and Authority
  • Power Relationships

Module 7: Sociological Research Methods

Entry Requirements

You must complete at least 50% of the course and pass the associated assignments before you are eligible to be entered for the exams.

Average completion timeframe

The average time it takes to complete the course is 18 months.

Assessment requirements

The assessment consists of written exams

Exams required

One of our exam partners will provide the exam centre and oversee the examination process.

Is Membership Required?

No membership is required to enrol on this course.

Certification Timeframe

You can expect to receive your certificate 3 months after receiving the result.

Extension Rules

£40 for six months, maximum of twice. If expired more than six months ago, or have already had two extensions, then they need to restart the course and pay again.

Course Fees

All course fees, inclusive of all payment plans including our Premium Credit Limited option, must be settled before exams can be booked.

*You will have access to the course for 24 months.

Excellent Marking

Assessment

At the end of each module, you will find a Tutor Marked Assignment (TMA), which you will complete online and submit to your Tutor for marking. Once assessed, your Tutor will return your work complete with its final grade and feedback. When you’ve successfully passed each assignment you’ll be ready to take your exam!

*Please note, the qualification will be graded on a nine-point scale: 1 to 9 – where 9 is the best grade.

Sociology GCSE Grading

IMPORTANT NOTE:

You will be unable to book your exam until all outstanding course fees are settled in full, this includes any associated charges deemed to be payable as per your initial contract.

All courses funded via our partner Premium Credit Limited, will need to be settled with them directly.

Tutors and Exams

Tutors and Exams provide examination and assessment facilities primarily aimed at private and home educated candidates.

Tutors and Exams currently have five examination centres located around the country: Bolton, Coventry, Doncaster, St Neots Cambridgeshire and Wimbledon. All are approved for examination delivery by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ).

In addition to their examination centres, they also have a dedicated Science laboratory based in Birmingham with the ability to deliver A Level Science practicals all year round and access to another Science laboratory located in London.

Qualifications

Upon successful completion of the modules and the exam at the end of the course, you will have gained a GCSE in Sociology. This will enable you to progress to further and higher education programmes.

Developing your career

A GCSE in Sociology allows you to go on to study at A Level, complete an RQF or an Access to Higher Education Diploma. All of which can allow you to go on to study Sociology or other Social Sciences at degree level.

Frequently Asked Questions

Whether Sociology is a "hard" GCSE depends on your individual strengths and interests. On the one hand, it doesn't involve complex equations or memorising extensive scientific data. Instead, it focuses on understanding human behaviour and society, which might feel more intuitive for some. However, it does require critical thinking, analysing information from different perspectives, and expressing your ideas clearly. Ultimately, its difficulty comes from applying sociological theories and concepts to analyse real-world scenarios and write well-structured essays. If you enjoy thinking critically about social issues and expressing your opinions, you might find sociology engaging and rewarding. But if you struggle with essay writing or abstract concepts, it might require more effort.
In GCSE Sociology, you'll embark on a fascinating journey to demystify society's workings. You'll start by exploring the sociological approach, learning how different perspectives analyse social phenomena. Then, you'll delve into key social structures like families, education systems, and class hierarchies, examining how they impact individuals and shape society. Each module tackles real-world social issues like crime, education inequality, and family dynamics, using diverse sociological theories to explain them. You'll even learn how sociologists conduct research through surveys, observations, and experiments, equipping you with critical thinking skills to analyse information thoughtfully.
Acing your GCSE Sociology exam requires dedication, but with the right approach, it's achievable! A few tips we recommend are to familiarise yourself thoroughly with the topics and key concepts covered in your specific exam board's syllabus. This ensures you're focusing your efforts on the right areas. Also, don't just passively read your course materials. Take notes, create flashcards, discuss concepts other learners in the learndirect community, or even try explaining them to someone else. Active engagement helps solidify your understanding. Another tip is to practice applying theories rather than just memorising definitions. Learn to apply sociological theories to real-world examples and analyse social issues through different lenses. You can also practice answering exam-style questions to hone your analytical and writing skills.
A-Level Sociology builds upon the foundation of GCSE Sociology but dives deeper with more complexity and analysis. While you'll encounter familiar topics like families, crime, and education, you'll delve into diverse theoretical perspectives, research methods, and contemporary social issues. This deeper understanding can benefit you greatly. While it’s not essential, taking GCSE Sociology first can provide a valuable springboard for a richer and more rewarding A-Level experience.
Yes, everything you need to get your GCSE Sociology qualification is included in this course option.
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