Upper School (IGCSEs)

IGCSE Sociology


Through the International GCSE Sociology syllabus, students explore aspects of social relationships, processes and structures; as a result, they develop a greater understanding of human societies and the role of continuity and change in social life. Students are encouraged to evaluate critically a variety of different social, economic and political structures, thereby learning more about the sociological method, and developing an ability to assess different forms of information and evidence.

Students apply their developing sociological knowledge and understanding to the analysis of their own lives and their participation in society.  The International GCSE Sociology syllabus enables students to progress on to AS/A Level and eventually university.


Teacher assessments are continuous during LIVE TAUGHT lessons, marking of coursework and assignments and summative tests.


Homework will be given at the end of each week, usually in the form of problems to solve, or researching key concepts.


Parents have 24 /7 access to all of their children’s coursework. Additionally the school holds 3 parent consultations per year – one each term.

This International GCSE is well-regarded among colleges and universities as it is well-rounded, allowing learners to have a grasp of key topics, giving a firm basis from which to springboard into A-level and beyond.


Unit 1: Theory and methods
How do different sociologists interpret society?
How do sociologists study society?
What types of information and data do sociologists use?
Unit 2: Culture, identity and socialisation
What is the relationship between the individual and society?
How do we learn to be human?
Unit 3: Social inequality
What is social stratification?
What are the main features of social inequality and how are these created?
Unit 4: Family
What are the different types of family?
How are family roles changing?
What are the changes affecting the family?
Unit 5: Education
What is the function of education?
What factors help to explain differences in educational achievement?
Unit 6: Crime, deviance and social control
What are crime, deviance and social control?
What are the patterns of crime?
What are the explanations of crime?
Unit 7: Media
Who controls the media?
What is the influence of the media?

Cambridge IGCSE® Sociology Coursebook, by Jonathan Blundell (Author), published by Cambridge University Press; ISBN: 978-1107645134

The CIE IGCSE Sociology exam consists of:

Paper 1 – units 1, 2, and 3
2 hours (including 15 minutes’ reading time)
Candidates answer one compulsory data response question and one optional structured question from a choice of two.
80 marks, 54% of total grade

Paper 2 – units 4, 5, 6 and 7
1 hour 45 minutes (including 15 minutes’ reading time)
Candidates answer two optional structured questions from a choice of four.
70 marks, 46% of total grade

Parents are responsible for arranging their child’s examinations at their local registered examination centre. Cambridge Home School students study from every part of the globe and so it is not practical for the school to offer a single venue to sit examinations.. Consequently Cambridge Home School is not registered with Cambridge International Examinations but has partnerships with examination centres registered with Cambridge International Examinations, Edexcel, OCR, AQA and will support students in locating a suitable venue for sitting their written and practical examinations.

The Teacher

From Mr. Hirst

Hi. I am Head of Sociology at Cambridge Home School. I am a qualified secondary school teacher (PGCE) and educated to Masters level. I hаve been а teаcher fоr many yeаrs аnd hаve delivered а wide rаnge оf quаlificаtiоns for Sociology.

I have a track record of supporting students to exceptional grades and progression to elite universities.

Mr Hirst Cambridge Home School