Sociology (0495)

Through the Cambridge IGCSE Sociology syllabus, learners 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. Learners 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.

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Key Benefits

Cambridge IGCSE Sociology is accepted by schools, universities and employers as proof of knowledge and understanding. Successful Cambridge IGCSE Sociology candidates gain lifelong skills, including:

  • a better understanding of how we become who we are
  • the ability to analyse human behaviour within their own society, between different cultures and across different periods of time
  • an appreciation of the effects that choice of methodology can have on social science investigations
  • the ability to use sociological evidence and ideas to challenge their own beliefs and the beliefs of other people about issues such as equality, education, the family and crime.

Recognition and progression

Cambridge IGCSE Certificates are general qualifications that enable candidates to progress either directly to employment, or to proceed to further qualifications.

Candidates who are awarded grades C to A* in Cambridge IGCSE Sociology are well prepared to follow courses leading to Cambridge International AS and A Level Sociology, or the equivalent.

Cambridge IGCSEs are accepted and valued by leading universities and employers around the world as evidence of academic achievement. Many universities require a combination of Cambridge International AS & A Levels and Cambridge IGCSEs or equivalent to meet their entry requirements.

UK NARIC, the national agency in the UK for the recognition and comparison of international qualifications and skills, has carried out an independent benchmarking study of Cambridge IGCSE and found it to be comparable to the standard of GCSE in the UK. This means students can be confident that their Cambridge IGCSE qualifications are accepted as equivalent to UK GCSEs by leading universities worldwide.


The following are the preferred resources at Istanbul International School:


  • Cambridge IGCSE Sociology 0495 Coursebook

Cambridge International Examinations


Paper 1

Written paper – 54% (2 hours)

Candidates answer one compulsory data response question and one optional structured question from a choice of two.

Externally assessed


Paper 2

Written paper – 46% (1 hour 45 minutes)

Candidates answer two optional structured questions from a choice of four.

Externally assessed

Early Years

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Primary School

Our School’s primary curriculum is built around the need to provide knowledge skills and understanding arranged by subject under three areas of study, environmental studies, life skills and the expressive arts. Our primary grades 1 – 4 are equivalent to Years 2 – 5 in the Cambridge Curriculum.

Middle School

The Middle School is an important bridging period between Primary School and High School. Our Middle School Grades 5 – 8 are equivalent to Years 6 – 9 in the Cambridge Curriculum.


Cambridge IGCSE™ is the world’s most popular international qualification for 14 to 16 year olds, although it can be taken by students of other ages. It is tried, tested and trusted. It is taught by over 4800 schools in 146 countries. The programmes balance a thorough knowledge and understanding of a subject and help to develop the skills learners need for their next steps in education or employment.

AS/ Level

The A Level syllabuses prepare learners for university study, which is why universities worldwide value and recognise Cambridge International AS & A Level qualifications.