If you’re curious about how and why humans interact the way we do, then sociology is full of fascinating theories, ideas and perspectives that will broaden your understanding of social behaviour.
Our GCSE Sociology online course invites you to delve into a host of engaging topics including education, family and religion. Supported by a personal tutor, you’ll discover and apply different sociological theories and develop key methods of investigation and critical analysis. You’ll also deepen your understanding of social issues such as poverty, racism and crime.
A qualification in sociology can lead to a range of rewarding future career routes, including charity work, probation and youth work, law, PR and market research.
Why is the ‘family’ important in society? What can Marxist or feminist theories tell us about society? Which social factors affect crime rates? Through our GCSE Sociology online course you’ll gain fascinating insights into the complex nature of society.
Through sociology, you’ll gain skills of analysis, evaluation and independent thinking, plus experience of quantitative and qualitative research methods – all highly valued by employers and universities.
Our Sociology GCSE course is ideal if you:
Section 1 – The sociological approach
Section 2 – The sociology of families, Part 1
Section 3 – The sociology of families, Part 2
Section 4 – Sociological research methods
Section 5 – The sociology of education, Part 1
Section 6 – The sociology of education, Part 2
Section 7 – Crime and deviance, Part 1
Section 8 – Crime and deviance, Part 2
Section 9 – Social stratification, Part 1
Section 10 – Social stratification, Part 2
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Choose when and where you access your course, using learn@nec our 24/7 learning platform.
This easy-to-use learning platform includes interactive checkpoints, quizzes and activities to help you evaluate your progress.
You’ll have access to support from a personal tutor. All NEC tutors are subject experts, with experience of supporting online learners.
Meet Tracey who is just one of our first-class sociology tutors:
“Teaching distance learning students for over 15 years has given me a great deal of experience in supporting students and I always enjoy working with students who are keen, enthusiastic and enjoy their studying. They never fail to inspire and motivate me. Many NEC students work in their own homes and have to be disciplined to study like this, so it is always great to have enthusiastic students who work hard to complete their course. If you are thinking of studying by distance learning, think about your own life and the time you have available for studying, then make sure you take a course that you are really interested in and it is what you want to do. If you are interested in a topic and enjoying it, then studying it is so much easier. I love what I teach and hope my students do too.
My qualifications include MSocSc and Diploma in Social Science and Social Work, Postgraduate Diploma in Learning Disability Studies, Post-graduate Certificate in Education, B.Sc. (Hons) in Psychology. I am a former examiner for AQA and International Baccalaureate, and I also write academic textbooks and courses.”
*The specification suggests that 150 hours is needed. You’ll also need time to complete assignments and prepare yourself for exams and some courses like English literature involve a lot of reading. Everyone is different so it’s impossible to say with certainty how long a course will take you, but you should expect to spend longer than 150 hours. Taken across the length of time we recommend, this equates to approximately 4 hours per week. This will increase if you choose to take it over a shorter time frame or may be less if you are retaking a subject and have covered a lot of of the course content.
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There is no non-exam assessment (NEA) for this course
We know that our younger students often need an extra helping hand with their studies. In our experience learning online works best when either a parent or guardian are involved. This is why NEC has developed our unique Progress Tracker to help you to support your child.
NEC’s Progress Tracker will allow you to easily track your child’s progress across their subjects and gain insight to how well they are doing through access to their assignment grades and tutor feedback.
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It’s your choice: you can pay in full at the point of enrolment, or you can spread the cost over monthly instalments with our finance offer. We offer a choice of six or 12 month repayment plans, with 0% APR as standard.
To pay in instalments you will need to enrol by telephone.
Course fee: £495
Amount of credit: £445.50
Monthly payment: £74.25
Duration of agreement: 6 months
Total repayable: £495
Rate of interest: 0% (fixed)
0% APR representative.
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Study at your own pace.
There are no academic requirements for this course.
Course materials are written in English so a good level of written English is required.