GCSE Sociology

GCSE Sociology

Exam Board – AQA Syllabus: 8192

The Course

Students will study the following topic areas:

Year 10  

  • Family (including theory and research methods)
  • Education (including theory and research methods)

Year 11   

  • Crime & Deviance  (including theory and research methods)
  • Social Stratification (including theory and research methods)

In all topics, students will understand a range of sociological key terms and be able to apply this information to debates, essays and short answer questions.


In lessons, students will be assessed by their teachers through questioning, tasks and examination questions. 

Students will take two exams at the end of year 11 (each is 1 hour and 45 minutes). 

Paper 1: Family and Education

Paper 2: Crime & Deviance and Social Stratification.

Both exams contain a mixture of multiple choice questions, short questions ranging from 1, 2, 3 & 4 marks answers, as well as a 12 mark essay for each topic (family, education, crime, social stratification).    

Where it leads

The nature of Sociology makes the subject an ideal choice for a range of careers and higher education option.  Sociology has become a central part of specialist training courses for professions such as teaching, nursing, police, social work, journalism and management.