OCR (Sociology is one of the courses that is changing to the linear structure this year).
AIMS OF THE COURSE
Sociology is the scientific study of society. It is about all kinds of social relationships that people share with each other; in their families, in their schools and in work. The methods developed by sociologists are used in many other academic areas such as in market research and management studies.
WHAT WILL I LEARN ON THIS COURSE?
I will be able to:
• Reflect on my own experience of the social world in which I live.
• Know and critically understand what social organisations are and how they operate.
• Appreciate the importance of theory and concepts in sociological debate.
• Describe a range of research methods and their relevance within sociology.
• Develop skills of written and verbal communication, interpretation, analysis and evaluation.
STRUCTURE AND CONTENT A LEVEL
Students will study three components over two years.
Component 1- Socialisation, Culture and Identity
This component introduces learners to the key themes of socialisation, culture and identity and develop these themes through family and relationships. These options develop skills that enable individuals to focus on their personal identity roles and responsibilities within society and develop a lifelong interest in social issues.
Component 2- Researching and Understanding Social Inequalities
This component explores the method of sociological research and develops the knowledge and understanding of social processes and change in the context of social inequality and difference. It also develops critical and reflective thinking with a respect for social diversity in terms of social class, gender, ethnicity and age.
Component 3 Debates in Contemporary Society
This component engages learners in theoretical debates and how these relate to a contemporary global society.
Socialisation, Culture and Identity (01) 1hr 30mins worth 30% of total A level.
Researching and Understanding Social Inequalities (02) 2hrs 15mins worth 35% of total A level.
Debates in Contemporary Society (03) 2hrs 15mins worth 35% of total A level.
WHERE CAN I GO AFTER COMPLETING THIS COURSE?
Sociology is a fantastic general subject for students, because most professional careers require students to have some knowledge of Sociology and social theory. Most degree courses include some Sociology: There are also many degree courses where A level Sociology will be really helpful; Sociology, Criminology, Law, Psychology, Anthropology. Sociology opens doors to many areas of employment: Counsellor, Community worker, Probation Officer, Social worker, Charity fundraiser, teacher even medicine.
Further details about any aspect of the course can be obtained from Mr John (Head of Social Sciences).
- Socialisation, Culture and Identity
- Researching and Understanding Social Inequalities
- Debates in Contemporary Society