Contribution: 1/3 of the overall mark for the course.
This paper includes synoptic questions that draw on any of the topics in the specification as well as the core practicals studied throughout the course.
Note: Overall, a minimum of 20% of the marks across the three papers will be awarded for mathematics at Level 2 or above.
Science Practical Endorsement: In addition to the three written exams at the end of the course, the course offers a Science Practical Endorsement which is composed of 18 Core Practicals that are taught as part of the two year course. These are designed to allow students to learn a range of practical skills and apply key experimental techniques, thus developing both a conceptual and theoretical understanding of experimental methods. As such they also constitute a key element within the Paper 3 exam.
Sociology is a fascinating subject that investigates the ways in which social life is organised, structured and experienced. We define sociology as a way of thinking. You will find that our GCSE course makes you look at the world in new ways. Colleges and universities value students who are able to think critically and analytically; students who are able to think in a different way. Studying sociology is a transformative experience as it changes the way you think about yourself and the world around you. This enables you to become an informed, responsible, ethically-sensitive citizen.