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WJEC GCSE Sociology: Student Book

Author(s): Janis Griffiths, Steve Tivey edited by John McIntosh

awarding body: WJEC

level: GCSE

isbn: 978-1-908682-14-7

subject: Sociology

Pages: 240 pp


5 star review: "Brilliant book, everything needed is covered."

This is the first textbook available specifically designed for WJEC GCSE Sociology.

Endorsed by WJEC and written and edited by an expert team of experienced examiners and authors, this student book reflects the experience of teaching and examining this course since its introduction.

Endorsed by WJEC so you can use the book with confidence

Explanations and underpinning knowledge provided in clear uncomplicated and highly accessible language

Just the right level of detail your students need to perform well in their exams

Plenty of exam-style questions
provide practice and knowledge reinforcement

An exam practice and guidance chapter
gives advice on how questions are set, answers are marked and provides exam questions, answers and examiner commentaries

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Key features:

What students will learn is clearly articulated at the start of the spread and precisely matches the specification

Carefully tailored explanatory text guides students through a topic in an accessible and readable style

Key terms are clearly highlighted and defined on each spread

Grade Boost
exam tips provide advice to help students prepare for their exams

Across the generations activity helps support understanding of social change

The Find out about feature supports the development of independent learning

Stretch and challenge activities help stretch the brightest students

The Personal research idea helps to support the understanding of research methods

Famous people in Sociological thinking are profiled throughout the book

Useful websites are identified to take learning and research further

Check your understanding questions help students check they have understood the key ideas on a  topic

Exam practice questions provide lots of opportunities for practice and reinforcement


Unit 1:  Understanding Social Processes
1. Compulsory core
2. Family
3. Education

Unit 2: Understanding Social Structures
4. Compulsory core
5. Work
6. Crime and Deviance

7. Research Methods
8. Theories
9. Exam Practice and Technique

About the authors:

This invaluable new textbook has been written and edited by experienced senior examiners and teachers Janis Griffiths, Steve Tivey and John McIntosh.

Janis Griffiths
is Head of Department for Social Science at Bryn Hafren Comprehensive School in Barry, South Wales and Principal Examiner for Sociology at KS4 and A Level for a major awarding body.  She is an experienced author and editor and has contributed to a wide range of successful books and teaching resources, including our highly successful WJEC AS and A2 Sociology Study and Revision Guides.