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The course introduces students to Sociology as a study of human society.  Sociology looks at the way in which people’s behaviour, beliefs and identity are shaped. As a social science, it looks at what happens in the world in a scientific and unemotional way.  This subject facilitates students’ learning and understanding of how we organise our own lives and why we behave as we do.

The analysis of ideas is fundamental to Sociology; the ability to question and hypothesize is crucial. The Sociology department at EGA aims to foster these skills in our students in order to enable and encourage them in their journey of experimentation and discovery, through a variety of experiences and activities.


Sociology at KS4

The Sociology department is taught in line with the OCR syllabus which is designed to encourage students to focus on their own experiences of the social world.  The GCSE qualification has three written papers worth 100% of the marks. 

There are 3 compulsory units which are assessed internally on a modular basis. 


• B671 – Sociology Basics & Researching Society (25%)

• B672 – Socialisation, Culture and Identity: Families, Media, Youth, Crime & Deviance (50%)

• B673 – Applying Research Techniques (25%)


Students will be taught B671 and half of B672 in year 10. The remainder of B672 and B673 will be taught in year 11. This subject is 100% written Paper.

NB: There is no coursework for this subject

Resources: A variety of resources are used including books, hand-outs, purpose-made booklets and PowerPoints.


Study at home for GCSE


• Course textbook: Heinemann Publishers, OCR GCSE Sociology (Author: Jannine Jacobs Roth)

• Sociological Review – student magazine (


A general awareness of current social issues such as crime, poverty, divorce, etc as portrayed in the media and elsewhere.  Awareness of current news headlines and stories (interest in The Guardian, The Times etc).  Pupils should learn the sociological concepts and technical terms.