Years 10 and 11 GCSE

Course Overview

The structure of the specification is designed to allow learners to develop an understanding and critical awareness of the social world around them in a wide range of contexts. It gives learners the opportunity to study, critically evaluate, and compare contrasting theories or explanations in the context of the following topics and areas:
Crime and deviance
Social stratification

Learners must also demonstrate knowledge and understanding, application, and evaluation of research methods within the context of these topics. The content is divided into two components, both of which are assessed by written examination.

Awarding body

WJEC Eduqas


Assessment for this course is conducted through two written examinations:

Component 1: Understanding Social Processes
Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes
50% of qualification
100 marks

Component 2: Understanding Social Structures
Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes
50% of qualification
100 marks

Each component is designed to test learners’ knowledge, understanding, application, and evaluation skills within the specified topics, ensuring a well-rounded assessment of their sociological expertise.

Specification Content

The specification is structured to support learners in developing a comprehensive understanding of the social world. It integrates the study of families, education, crime and deviance, and social stratification, encouraging a holistic and critical perspective.

Component 1: Understanding Social Processes
Key Concepts and Socialisation: Introduction to foundational sociological concepts, socialisation processes, and identity formation.
Families and Education: Exploration of the sociological aspects of family structures and education systems, examining their roles, functions, and impacts on individuals and society.
Sociological Theories and Methods: Analysis of various sociological theories, concepts, evidence, and research methods relevant to understanding social processes.

Component 2: Understanding Social Structures
Social Differentiation and Stratification: In-depth study of social differentiation, stratification, and power dynamics within society.
Crime and Deviance: Examination of issues related to social order, control, and deviance, including sociological explanations and implications.
Applied Sociological Research Methods: Focus on the application of sociological research methods to investigate and analyse social structures and processes.

The structure allows learners to apply their knowledge and understanding from the six topic areas of study in different contexts throughout the specification, ensuring a comprehensive and integrated approach to learning sociology.

Recommended revision guides / course resources

WJEC Eduqas GCSE Sociology Student Book