St John Plessington Catholic College

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GCSE - Level 2

GCSE Sociology is the study of society and the behaviour of groups within it. Sociology is interested in how behaviour originates and develops throughout the lifespan and the ways people are organised into groups according to distinctions such as class, gender and race. It is a subject which looks at how people lead their lives and how they communicate with one another and integrate and function as members of society. It investigates social areas such as Education, the Family and Crime and Deviance.

If you are interested in evaluating the workings of society and how different groups of people find their place within it, this is the course for you.

Throughout this course you will develop analytical and communication skills by comparing and contrasting perspectives on a variety of social issues, constructing reasoned arguments, making substantiated judgements and drawing reasoned conclusions. All of the skills gained from Level 2 Sociology are transferable meaning you will have a well-rounded skill set.


The subject is 100% exams based and is assessed through two examinations at the end of course. During this time, the content includes: The sociological approach; Including key theories in Sociology.

Families; family structures, roles within the family and the changing pattern of divorce and marriage.

Education; Its purpose, connection to capitalism and factors which affect achievement including race, class and ethnicity. Crime and deviance; forms of social control, statistics on crime and factors that affect crime choice including age, class, gender and ethnicity.

Social Stratification; how we are divided into groups in society and how this affects our life chances.

Research methods; Including how we conduct, evaluate and Interpret the data from research studies.

Some questions will require short answers and students will also be expected to provide longer essay based questions on some of the above topics.

Is there anything else I should know?

Level 2 Sociology requires a commitment to be open minded and be interested in the news and current affairs. Be prepared to have your knowledge and view of the world widened!

Progression Routes

Many students who study Sociology go on to careers which involve Criminology or Sociology. This can lead to future employment opportunities such jobs in Higher Education or in Social Services such as Social Work, Mental Health Nursing, Counselling and Teaching.