Course Description 

Sociology is the study of how society is organised and how we experience life. This subject gives you the opportunity to look at key aspects of life such as family, peer groups, media, religion, education and work. We will explore people’s struggles with identity and the way we attempt to define ourselves by ethnicity, gender, social class, sexuality and age. Also we will examine the impact of social media on people’s identity, relationships and on social inequality. You will get the opportunity to study the development of virtual communities and digital social networks and weigh up the positives and negatives of digital forms of communication. There will be the chance to test theories of crime, deviance and social control.

 

Aims

If you have ever wondered what causes the growth of youth subcultures such as gangs, A-Level sociology is the subject in which this will be explored, explained and questioned. If you have an interest in how the world works around you, then A-Level Sociology will provide that insight. You will develop critical thinking skills, become an independent enquirer and reflective thinker.

This option focuses on debates in contemporary society through a detailed study of crime and deviance. The social construction of crime and deviance are considered and the ways in which crime is socially distributed, explained and reduced. This option introduces a global dimension, with reference to patterns and trends. It aims to give an understanding of different theoretical approaches to the study of crime and deviance.

The content of Units 1 and 2 studied for AS are also tested for A level assessment.  They make up 65% of the final A-level grade

Unit 3:   Debates in Contemporary Society: Globalisation and the Digital World: Option 1: Crime and Deviance

This unit is worth 35% of the total A-level.

The course introduces learners to the key themes of socialisation, culture and identity and develops these themes through the context of families and households. This develops skills that enable individuals to focus on their personal identity, roles and responsibilities within society and develop a lifelong interest in social issues. Furthermore, it explores the methods of sociological enquiry and develops knowledge and understanding of contemporary social processes and social change in the context of social inequality and difference. It aims to foster the development of critical and reflective thinking and a respect for social diversity in terms of social class, gender, ethnicity and age. In year 13 learners explore debates in contemporary society through a detailed study of crime and deviance. The social construction of crime and deviance are considered and the ways in which crime is socially distributed, explained and reduced. This option introduces a global dimension, with reference to patterns and trends. It aims to give an understanding of different theoretical approaches to the study of crime and deviance. The course is a 100% examination using the OCR exam board.

 

SOW overview

Year 12

Unit 1: Socialisation, Culture and Identity: This unit is worth 30% of the total A-level and is a 1-hour 30-minute written exam. This component introduces learners to the key themes of socialisation, culture and identity and develops these themes through the context of youth subcultures. This develops skills that enable individuals to focus on their personal identity, roles and responsibilities within society and develop a lifelong interest in social issues

Unit 2:   Research Methods: Researching and Understanding Cultural Inequalities: This unit is worth 35% of the total A-level and is a 2-hour 15-minute written exam. This unit explores the methods of sociological enquiry and develops knowledge and understanding of contemporary social processes and social change in the context of social inequality and difference. It aims to foster the development of critical and reflective thinking and a respect for social diversity in terms of social class, gender, ethnicity and age.

 

Year 13

Unit 3:   Debates in Contemporary Society: Globalisation and the Digital World and Crime and Deviance

This unit is worth 35% of the total A-level and is a 2-hour 15-minute written exam. This option focuses on debates in contemporary society through a detailed study of crime and deviance. The social construction of crime and deviance are considered and the ways in which crime is socially distributed, explained and reduced. This option introduces a global dimension, with reference to patterns and trends. It aims to give an understanding of different theoretical approaches to the study of crime and deviance. Furthermore, it explores changes in contemporary society due to the digital revolution, studying the impact the internet has had on inequalities and opportunities within a global digital world.

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Level 5 or above in English Literature and/or English Language and any other predominantly written subject such as History, RE or Sociology

Subject 2019 A*-C 2019 A*-D 2020 A*-C 2020 A*-D