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Sociology GCSE


GCSE Sociology

Develop your opinions and ideas on key social issues, as you investigate the structures and processes that shape society using our GCSE Sociology online course.

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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 study Sociology?

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:

  • Are keen to study sociology at a higher level.
  • Have an interest in human behaviour and how society shapes our daily life experience.
  • Aim to pursue a career in which you can effect positive change in society, by understanding and helping others.
  • Would like to build your skills as an independent, analytical thinker to enhance your employability.

Future opportunities

  • Studying sociology at A level.
  • A range of rewarding careers in fields such as international aid, charity work, probation and social work, HR, market research, public relations, marketing, law and journalism.


Course content

Section 1 – The sociological approach

  • What is sociology?
  • Sociological perspectives
  • Introducing sociological research

Section 2 – The sociology of families, Part 1

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

Section 3 – The sociology of families, Part 2

  • Changing relationships within families
  • Criticisms of families
  • Divorce

Section 4 – Sociological research methods

  • Quantitative research
  • Qualitative research
  • Secondary sources of data

Section 5 – The sociology of education, Part 1

  • The education system
  • The functionalist system
  • Marxist and feminist perspectives

Section 6 – The sociology of education, Part 2

  • Social class and educational achievement
  • Gender, ethnicity and educational achievement
  • Processes within schools

Section 7 – Crime and deviance, Part 1

  • Crime, deviance and social control
  • Structuralist explanations of crime and deviance
  • Interactionist explanations of crime and deviance

Section 8 – Crime and deviance, Part 2

  • Data on crime
  • Social factors affecting crime
  • Crime in society

Section 9 – Social stratification, Part 1

  • The functionalist view of stratification
  • Social class
  • Life chances

Section 10 – Social stratification, Part 2

  • Poverty
  • Power and power relationships
  • Revision

Study GCSE Sociology with us and benefit from:

  • Flexible learning
  • Support from a personal tutor by email, phone or Skype
  • Any time enrolment
  • Our exam booking service
  • Assignments with tutor feedback
  • Ongoing support from Student Support
  • Forums to discuss your course with other students


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.

Your tutor

You’ll have access to support from a personal tutor. All NEC tutors are subject experts, with experience of supporting online learners.

Meet Mo who is just one of our first-class Sociology tutors:

“I have over 20 years experience of teaching both Psychology and Sociology and I have worked as a senior examiner for a major exam board for many years. Sociology is an amazing subject and offers us an insight into the individuals and society around us. The course allows you to learn about various aspects of Sociology from what makes a person turn to crime to the loss of religious beliefs. Having studied Sociology for many years, I am still learning new and exciting aspects to human behaviour. Which aspects of the specification interest you will be a really personal discovery, this will allow you to investigate and learn more as your curiosity is raised. This means that I really enjoy working with students as they will always show me some insight or detail that I have never considered and it makes your studies collaborative.”

What you need to know

Exam board

  • AQA 8192


  • Online learning with support from a personal tutor


  • Complete at your own pace
  • Approx. 120-150* hours plus time for completing assignments

*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.


  • 11 assignments (one introductory) – these do not contribute towards your final grade


  • No additional set texts required


  • Internet access
  • Computer operating system and browser to support learn@nec

What's included?

Our course fees are clear and transparent to help you plan for any additional costs.

Your course fee includes:

  • 24/7 access to learn@nec platform and resources
  • Expertly designed online course materials (including ebook versions of textbooks where specified) that you need to complete the course and written to cover the carefully selected awarding body specification
  • Support from our Student Services team
  • Structured assignments to help you track your progress throughout your course
  • Guidance from your tutor for up to 18 months from your date of enrolment
  • Constructive feedback on your assignments from your tutor, to help you improve and prepare for exams
  • Guaranteed exam place
  • NEC’s guide to study skills: How to Succeed as an Independent Learner
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar guide
  • Time planner template to help you plan your study timetable
  • Information on how to apply for exams

Your course fee does not cover:

  • Any fees in relation to exam entries or assessments
  • Centre Assessment Grades (CAG) in the event of exam cancellation
  • Recommended textbooks for additional reading or set texts
  • Equipment for core practicals

If you need more support, you can purchase:

  • Online tutorials – if you need help with a specific topic you can arrange a 30 minute or 1 hour tutorial
  • Additional past paper marking – to help with your exam preparation
  • Revision tutorial –  to plan your revision and explore revision techniques
  • Help with your UCAS application service

For further information on additional/optional support you can purchase, please visit our additional services page.

Exams and assessment

Exams (two):

  • 50% of marks  (1 hour 45 minutes)
  • 50% of marks (1 hour 45 minutes)

There is no non-exam assessment (NEA) for this course

Additional support if you’re under 18

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.  

Read more about how we work with young students who are studying at home or through a school.

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