GCSE Sociology (Part of the GCSE Fast-Track Programme)
The GCSE Sociology course is for anyone who wishes to develop a wide range of knowledge about the society we live in. It will appeal to those who wish to study subjects at level 3 such as Sociology, Psychology, Politics and Media or progress into industries that require you to work with social groups, such as youth work, and many other professions.
The College is offering a full-time GCSE Fast-Track Programme for students achieving mostly D grades in their GCSEs, which runs for one year.
A range of topics will be studied throughout the course, which are split into 2 units. The first unit will cover Families, Education and Studying Society. You will look into the relevance and the roles of Families and Education along with how sociologists research and study these topics and the research process. The second unit will require you to examine: Crime and Deviance, The Media and Power. You will look into the role of the media and how it may impact crime and deviance as well as power. All units will analyse the changes and impacts the topics have on society and links to relevant studies and statistics.
You will taught through a variety of methods, including lectures, group work, independent study and research projects.
GCSE Sociology is assessed through 2 exams at the end of the course. The first exam will assess your knowledge of topics covered in unit 1 and the second exam will do so for unit 2.
All materials that the student needs will be supplied by the college.
If you complete this course, you will be able to progress to Level 3 studies such as A levels and BTEC level 3 courses. GCSE Sociology is complementary of courses such as Sociology, Psychology, Politics, Health and Social Care and Media. It is also useful for apprenticeships if you were to progress into the health and social care industry, media industry, civil services and many others.
The course encourages students to look beyond their own beliefs and to take a questioning approach to evidence and social issues. This will develop their critical, evaluative skills. Sociology is an exciting subject which is relevant to the students’ lives.
The course information is accurate at the time of printing but is subject to change.
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