Department Leader: Amy Coates

A full reading list will be provided and students will be able to borrow a course book.  In addition, the following websites might be useful for checking out some of the content we cover: - outline of the GCSE specification, assessment etc. - bank of videos for use in the classroom for different topics within sociology. - lots of revision quizzes - lots of useful links for sociology - it’s a great way of getting up to date information on a whole range of contemporary social research – the typical format is a sociologist summarizing their research and responding to questions from the host, or occasionally it may take the form of a ‘panel interview’ if there’s a broader topic under discussion.

AQA Sociology GCSE – 8192

My students often ask me, 'What is sociology?' And I tell them, 'It's the study of the way in which human beings are shaped by things that they don't see.'

Sam Richards

What is sociology?

Sociology is the study of the society in which we live and it examines how we are influenced and shaped through being members of groups and organisation. Sociology is a challenging, academic subject and, as such, is highly regarded by universities and employers.


The function of sociology, as of every science, is to reveal that which is hidden.

Pierre Bourdieu

Why should I study Sociology?

Sociologists study people in society, looking at small groups like the immediate family, larger ones like a school or workplace, very large institutions like the education system or the political system, and whole societies like Scotland or Britain. Put simply, sociology is the attempt to understand how society works. It provides description and analysis of the patterns and structures in human relationships, and encourages us to see the world through the eyes of other people.  KBA students will investigate the democratic process in making anti-discrimination legislation, family law, and educational policies and will gain a stronger understanding of our criminal justice system.


Theory not only formulates what we know but also tells us what we want to know, that is, the questions to which an answer is needed.

Talcott Parsons

What skills can be gained from the course?

KBA Sociology students are encouraged to think independently and approach new subjects with an enquiring mind. They will develop skills of:

Communicate: both spoken and written.

Critical and analytical thinking skills

An ability to interpret information, formulate questions and solve problems

Asking questions about the world we live in

Evaluating evidence and making Judgements

Understand patterns, trends and behaviour of people in society

Personal reflection of your place and role in society

The ability to express complex ideas from sociological perspectives

Researching society using sociological methodology

Sociology can lead to a variety of careers including jobs in advertising, media, journalism, careers guidance, social services, medicine, the civil service, the police and teaching amongst many others.  It can also lead to a wide range of degree level subjects.

What's assessed?

Paper 1 exam

Paper 2 exam

The sociology of families

The sociology of education

Relevant areas of social theory and methodology

The sociology of crime and deviance

The sociology of social stratification

Relevant areas of social theory and methodology

How it's assessed

TWO Written exams: 1 hour 45 minutes

100 marks each exam

100% of GCSE

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