Sociology GCSE (New)

Sociology concerns itself with the study of social behaviour, looking at its origins, development and organisation. This course will help you develop methods of investigation and critical analysis about society and how it functions.

Would you prefer to pay for your course by instalments? Please see the ‘How to enrol’ section below for details of our low cost, interest free finance available.

This course is one of our new Gold Star GCSEs. Find out more about them here. The first opportunity sit exams for this course is 2019.



Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, but you need to be able to read and write in English.


This course follows specification 8192 from the awarding organisation AQA. Full details of the specification can be obtained from AQA's website.

Hours of study

It's really up to you but, as a guide, a GCSE course takes about 120-150 hours plus extra time for assignment work you submit to your tutor. You will have tutor support for a period of up to 18 months from the date of enrolment.

Exams and assessment

Two exams:

  • 1 hour 45 minutes, 50% of marks
  • 1 hour 45 minutes, 50% of marks

Non-exam assessment (NEA):

  • None

NEC tutor-marked assignments:

  • 1 introductory assignment
  • 10 assignments

Additional information

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How to enrol

How to enrol
There are several ways to enrol with NEC:

  • Click the ‘Enrol now’ button above
  • Telephone us on 0800 389 2839 or +44(0)1223 400200 and speak to our course advice team
  • Ask us to send you an enrolment form which you can complete and return by post.

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Section 1 - The sociological approach

  • What is sociology?
  • What makes the sociological approach different?
  • Central terms and concepts in sociology

Section 2 - The sociology of families, 1

  • The functions of families
  • Forms of family
  • Conjugal roles

Section 3 - The sociology of families, 2

  • Changing relationships within families
  • Criticisms of families
  • Divorce

Section 4 - Sociological research methods

  • TBC

Section 5 - The sociology of education, 1

  • TBC

Section 6 - The sociology of education, 2

  • TBC

Section 7 - Crime and deviance, 1

  • TBC

Section 8 - Crime and deviance, 2

  • TBC

Section 9 - Social stratification, 1

  • TBC

Section 10 - Social stratification, 2

  • TBC
Including area code and country code (if outside of UK)

GCSE Sociology Course Sample

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