The GCSE Sociology course is designed to improve the learner's knowledge on our society and how groups and individuals work within society.
Level 2 / AQA GCSE / OSC49
over 12 months and £ deposit
over 12 months and £ deposit
12 months expert tutor support
24 hour access
Fully accredited course
The primary goal of this GSCE course is provide you with a solid foundation of knowledge on Sociology, so that you can take this GCSE and use it to explore a career within this niche or even progress onto further education.
Whether you are interested in becoming a social worker, family support worker or social researcher; during this home study course you will learn about how social and socially-influenced factors – such as family, education, ethnicity and social class, etc. – can shape people. In turn, you will be given the chance to examine society at large; look for links between these factors and determine how they can inform an individual’s opinion, feelings and actions.
This truly is an enlightening course that has got plenty of scope to broaden your understanding and comprehension of Sociology. From learning about family forms, changing relationships and divorce, to education and capitalism, social control, deviant behaviour, social stratification and social research methods; each of the 5 modules on this course will help to broaden, expand and equip you with the resources to professionally explore this rewarding career field.
This 12 month course has been exclusively designed for home study, meaning you can acquire the exact same skills/qualifications you would in college without ever having to step into a classroom.
Instead at a time, pace and location of your choosing, you will be able to mould this course to fit around your current family, work or social commitments and still receive a fully accredited GCSE qualification.
This is perfect if you’re looking to get back into education, as this course can offer you an easy, pressure free way to learn on your own terms.
No previous knowledge or experience is needed in order to enrol onto this GCSE Sociology course, making it ideal for anyone considering a career in the social sector.
This course is assessed using 2 paper-based examinations that are designed to test your knowledge of the course syllabus.
Paper One: The Sociology of families and education – during this written 1 hour and 45 minute exam you will be assessed on your understanding of the sociology of families, education and areas of social theory and methodology. In addition, you will be expected to demonstrate your knowledge of the entire course (to show a deeper understanding of these topics). This exam is marked out of 100, and will make up 50% of your GCSE.
• Exam layout – 2 sections (A & B) consisting of two multiple choice questions in each, as well as a range of short and extended responses.
Paper Two: The Sociology of crime and deviance and social stratification – during this 1 hour and 45 minute written exam you will be tested on your knowledge of sociology of crime, deviance and social stratification. In addition, you will be questioned on relevant areas of social theory and methodology to enable you to demonstrate your deeper understanding of the whole course. This exam is marked out of 100 and makes up to 50% of your GCSE.
• Exam layout – 2 sections (A & B) consisting of two multiple choice questions in each and a range of short and extended responses.
Please note: Students are fully responsible for the arrangement and funding of any examinations required.
Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a GCSE in Sociology awarded by the AQA that will be graded based on the new 9-1 scale (9 being the highest grade and equivalent to A* under the old system).
AQA (The Assessment and Qualifications Alliance) has a leading reputation for promoting education for the public benefit and draws on long experience of setting and marking public exams such as GCSEs, A-levels and other qualifications. AQA is the largest of the three English exam boards, awarding 49% of full course GCSEs and 42% of A-levels nationally. In total, students take over 3.5 million exams with them each year.
Unit 1: Families
• Functions of families
• Family forms
• Conjugal role relationships
• Changing relationships within families
• Criticisms of families
Unit 2: Education
• Roles and functions on education
• The relationship between education and capitalism
• Educational achievement
• Processes within schools
Unit 3: Crime and Deviance
• The social construction of crime and deviance
• Social Control
• Criminal and deviant behaviour
• Data on crime
Unit 4: Social stratification
• Functionalist theory of stratification
• Socio-economic class
• Life chances
• Poverty as a social issue
• Power and authority
• Power relationships
Unit 5: Sociological research methods
• Research design
• Quantitative and qualitative methods
• Different types of data
• Primary and secondary sources
• Interpretation on data
• Practical issues
• Ethical issues
This course is provided in online format. After enrolment you will receive login details to access the course materials.
You will get full tutor support via email and receive feedback on your assignments from expert tutors.
You will be given guidance through the Study Guide on the nuts and bolts of studying and submitting assignments.
You must have access to email in order to contact your tutor.
The course materials and support will be provided by our partner OSC.
Distance learning is the most flexible and convenient approach to studying. There is no need for you to attend college and, therefore, you can study anytime, any place, anywhere that fits in with your lifestyle. Distance learning programmes are ideal for people who may have a full-time job, or other commitments, that won’t allow them time off to study.
You'll need to be able to commit the required time to your studies. We recommend that you choose a course you think will interest you, and help you to achieve your ambitions. If you would like some advice, or further information, please call our helpline free on 0333 3445 690.
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The course operates through a study pack and access to your own personal tutor. Once you have chosen your course we will send you your study pack, which you will be required to work through before completing the course.
Depending on the course you have chosen, you will either be required to complete assignments and submit these for marking as the course progresses and/or be required to sit an end exam. The end exam could be in the form of multiple choice questions, or be an invigilated exam at a registered test centre.
Your completed assignments will need to be sent to your tutor for marking/assessment, you will then receive written feedback and guidance. It may be possible to submit your assignments by email, however you will need to check this with your tutor. Please be aware that your assignments will be maintained by NCCHL for moderation and audit purposes.
These requirements will always be listed on the course description page, so please refer to this for details of what is required for each individual course.
Depending on the course you have chosen, and the amount of time you can commit, it could take from 6 weeks to 12 months to complete your course.
The duration of the course is largely down to you though. The beauty of home learning is that it allows you complete flexibility to fit your studies around your lifestyle and other commitments. You can dedicate as much, or as little, time as you want to your studies - no one will be chasing you for your work or asking why you haven’t submitted an assignment.
We do strongly recommend, though, that before you purchase a course you assess your ability to commit the necessary time to completing the course in a timeframe that will not leave you losing your motivation.
We guarantee that you will receive your course materials within 5 days of purchase, but for many courses we would anticipate that you will have to wait no more than 48 hours.
The course materials are always sent to you via a tracked courier service, to ensure that you receive your study pack within our stated period.
The cost is largely dependent on the type of the course. The longer the course is the higher the cost will be, due to the size of the study pack and the nature of the qualification.
All prices are clearly stated on the course description page and will always be displayed prior to you committing to purchase a course.
Please note that there may be additional fees required should your course have an external assessment, such as A Levels, ICB qualifications etc. To clarify, please speak to a course advisor.
You will be allocated your own personal tutor who can be contacted via e-mail, telephone, fax or post for help and advice on any aspect of the course.
Many courses require that you submit work to your tutor during the period of study and your tutor will assess your work and pass comments back to you. Your tutor is available to you as much as you need them.
Please be aware that officially the tutor support provided with the course is for a period of 12 months, although if you need longer let us know and we’ll endeavour to extend that.
All of our courses are accredited, so you need to show that you have acquired the knowledge to pass the course – this may involve sitting an examination, but it depends on the course you have chosen.
Some courses require you to be continually assessed throughout the course, while others may require an end of course exam or assignment (which may be completed at home) to be submitted to your tutor.
Certain types of qualifications, A-levels and GCSEs for example, do require you to sit an invigilated exams at a registered test centre. You will need to organise and pay for the examinations yourself, however full details of what you need to do will be available from the centre who are delivering the qualification.
If in doubt, please email ‘email@example.com’, NCC can then discuss or put you in touch directly with the course provider.
Yes, there are no geographical limits to where you can study.
You just need to be aware that all tutors are based in the UK and work may need to be submitted to them via post, although in most cases e-mail can be used.
Where the course requires that you sit an invigilated exam at a test centre, there are many exam centres outside of the UK. However, we would advise that you check with us before purchasing one of these courses if you want to study from abroad.
All of our courses are accredited and you will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the course.
For more information about this please see the section of the website that details how awarding bodies work and what the different types of qualifications are.
Yes, you can take as many courses as your time allows. But we would recommend that you clearly evaluate how much time you can commit to your courses of study.
The good news is though that if your circumstances change you can always take a break and come back to your studies.
Additionally, discounts are available if you buy more than one course at the same time.
Your work will be marked and feedback returned to you within 12 working days after submission. This is because our tutors are required to provide detailed, considered feedback to our learners that may take a while to formulate. We find that by working this way, our learners actually complete their course in less time, as they rarely need to submit an assignment more than twice.
Whilst it is possible to submit multiple assignments at the same time, we advise that our learners submit only one at a time. We want our learners to develop as they progress through their course, and find this is best achieved when a student embarks on a new module having taken into account tutor feedback from the previous submission.
No, we provide everything you need to pass your course.
Once you have chosen your course, you can either purchase the course online which will enrol you, or you can call our helpline on 0333 3445 690 who will sign you up for the course and arrange to have all your learning materials sent to you.
If, after receiving the course, you decide it isn’t the right course for you, you can simply return the goods within 14 days and we will send your money back in full for the majority of courses (excluding postage and packaging) or you can choose another course that you feel would suit your needs and ambitions better.
Our online courses are completed through our online learning system after receiving login and access instructions. You will not receive any course materials through the post. The paper based version is posted out in a binder to your home or place of work and requires completion of a portfolio of work that is submitted to your tutor for marking.
All NCC policies and procedures can be provided on request from NCC directly by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 0333 3445 690.
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