There are two exams for GCSE Sociology, both worth 50%, the duration is 1 hour & 45 minutes and 100 marks each.
There are a range of different questions from short answers for knowledge & understanding to extended writing for evaluation & judgements and all the questions are compulsory.
Component 1 – Understanding Social Processes
Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes. 50% of qualification (Year 10)
This component covers the following topic areas:
- Key concepts and processes of cultural transmission
- Sociological research methods
Component 2 – Understanding Social Structures
Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes. 50% of qualification (Year 11)
This component covers the following topic areas
- Social differentiation and stratification
- Crime and deviance
- Applied methods of sociological enquiry
For both components a written assessment with a mix of short answer, structured questions and extended response questions, all compulsory.
The extended response questions will require candidates to draw together different areas of knowledge, skills and/or understanding from across the relevant specification content.