What is the course that I will be following?
GCSE Sociology, WJEC Board. What kind of things will I study?
Sociology is the study of people, how they behave and the different groups that make up society. You will study culture and identity and how they are formed. Then you will study the following:
Families; their nature, role and changes.
Different Research Methods; including observation, interviews
Crime and deviance; who commits crime? Why are certain groups more likely to offend whilst others are victims?
Social Inequality; inequality related to class, age, gender and ethnicity.
How will my work be assessed?
There will be two examinations of 1 ½ hours each. There is no coursework.
How will this course be useful to me?
Sociology at GCSE is a natural subject to take to enable you to progress to Sociology at A level. It is also a valuable asset in enabling you to think critically and appreciate the society in which you live. The subject is also helpful in enabling you to understand other subjects like History, RE, Psychology, English Literature, Law and Media studies.
What else do I need to know?
Sociology is useful for further careers in social, legal or personnel work. It is also a great benefit for you if you wish to work with people due to the communication skills that you will gain. Employers appreciate Sociology students as they are able to relate to many groups in society and are sensitive towards other cultures.