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Sociology

A Level |OCR

“I chose Sociology because of my intense interest in people around me. The subject fitted perfectly with my other options and I have been able to use my knowledge in various different areas of my studies. I have witnessed first-hand the skills you develop from a subject like Sociology, such and the ability to see things from an objective perspective, and these are skills that will not only Remain useful in university but in later life.” - Jessica, Year 13

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Why study Sociology?
If you are part of a family, have friends, support a football team or have ever sent a text message, then you know
something about Sociology. In short, Sociology is a study of how individuals relate to the world around them. We
build relationships with others in groups, organisations, cultures and the wider society. It also analyses how and why some people in society experience inequality and looks at how inequality affects on their development or 'life chances'.


Extra-curricular aspects of the course
Sociology reviews are available in the Sixth form Study centre for extra reading. Where available, we attend relevant subject specific conferences to enhance the taught curriculum. 
Entry Requirements
A GCSE grade 6 in GCSE English Language and grade 6 Religious Education is required for A Level Sociology. If
GCSE Religious Education has not been studied then a grade 6 must have been achieved in another Humanities
subject.


Higher Education and Careers
Sociology is a great choice of subject for anyone who wants a career in working with others, such as social and
youth work, nursing or medicine. The subject is also useful in a number of other careers, such as marketing,
advertising, Public Relations, journalism, law and teaching. There are
transferable skills, such as:-
● Analysis and the selection of evidence to support an argument
● Research and its use to inform decision making processes
● Applying theory to everyday life
● Verbal and debate skills
● Working in teams
In order to progress in this subject, students will bring in everyday experience of the world and apply sociological
methods to interpret and understand their relationships. As part of the research aspects of the course, students will also design and carry out small-scale research projects.


Equipment required for the course
You will require 3 A3 ring binders, highlighters, red pen, lined paper and file dividers.
 

 Assessment

A-level Assessment 

Paper 1 - Section A: Investigating the following questions: What is culture? What is
socialisation? What is identity?
Section B: Youth subcultures: 1. How and why youth subcultures are formed.
2.    Why young people participate in deviant subcultures.

 1 hour 30 minutes written Exam.
75  marks.

Paper 2 - Researching and Understanding social inequalities. 1. The relationship between 1 hour 30 minutes written theory and methods; 2. The main stages of the research process; 3. Methods used in
sociological research; 4. Main patterns and trends in social inequality and difference; 5.
How patterns and trends in social inequality and difference

 1 hour 30 minutes written exam.  

75 marks

Paper 3- Debates in contemporary society 
Section A- Globalisation in the digital world, 1. What is the relationship between globalisation and digital forms of communication 2. What is the impact of digital forms of communication in a global context.
Section B- Crime and deviance.1. How are crime and deviance defined and measured 2. What are the patterns and trends in crime 3. How can crime and deviance can be explained 4. How can crime and deviance be reduced.  

2 hours 15 minutes
Written paper
105 marks


“I am very opinionated, and within this subject, you can express your opinion as long as you back it up. Therefore, there is room for debate and you learn how to argue both sides of an explanation. It is a big revelation to learn just how our society works and why inequalities exist. As I continue tolearn more my love for Sociology continues to flourish.” - Sarah, Year 12
 

For more information on this course please email  

Miss G Banton 
missbanton@bthcc.org.uk