Assessment and (Provisional) Examination / Assessment Dates:
• End of unit internal assessments
• A Pre- Public Examination (December 2018)
• Two final GCSE papers (May and June 2019)

Key Resources:
• Classroom Textbook [provided] :
o AQA GCSE Sociology by Jon-Paul Craig, Pauline Wilson, Allan Kidd • HarperCollins Publishers Limited • Paperback ISBN 0008220158
o AQA GCSE (9-1) Sociology by Rosie Owens (Author), Ian Woodfield (Author) ISBN: 9781510403116
• Revision Book :GCSE Sociology for AQA by Pauline Wilson • HarperCollins Publishers Limited • Paperback •ISBN 0007350597
• AQA GCSE 9-1 Sociology All-in-One Revision and Practice (Collins GCSE 9-1 Revision ISBN: 0884628748670


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Areas of study:
Subject content of the AQA GCSE Sociology specification
• The sociological approach
• Social structures, social processes and social issues
• Families
• Education
• Crime and deviance
• Social stratification
• Sociological research methods

Assessment components:

The course is assessed by 2 written examinations, each paper lasts for 1 hour and 45 minutes, is marked out of 100 and accounts for 50 per cent of the GCSE. Both of these written exams are sat at the end of Year 11.

Paper 1                                                   Paper 2
Section A: Families                                  Section A: Crime and deviance
Section B: Education                                Section B: Social stratification


There will not be a separate section in the examination on the sociological approach or on sociological research methods. Instead, relevant areas of theory and methodology will be assessed in the questions on families, education, crime and deviance, and social stratification.

Synopticity is an important feature of the GCSE Sociology specification. Synoptic questions require students to draw connections between the different topic areas that they study.

All questions in Papers 1 and 2 are compulsory. Mixed question styles (multiple choice, short answer and extended answer) are used and students are required to provide four extended responses per paper.

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