KS5 Sociology is optional for all KS5 students. No prior knowledge of the subject is necessary, but it is essential to note that this is an academic subject, which requires reasonable essay writing skills. The A level course is set over two years. During the AS year students will undertake two units, Exploring Socialisation, Culture & Identity and the Sociology of the Family. The first unit will introduce students to the foundation of sociological theory, which focuses on the idea that most social behaviour is taught to the individual through primary and secondary agencies of socialisation. It is through this process that the individual gains his/her identity and also learns how to fit into our society. This unit will also explore methods of collecting data for sociological research.
The second unit is centred around the Sociology of the Family and looks at contemporary trends within the family and society, and covers such areas as family diversity, the family in crisis, Government Social Policy and the family.
Each unit will be assessed by a 90 minute exam set by the OCR Board.
At A2 level students will again undertake two units. The first is centred on the theme of Power and Control in society, and the Sociology of Education will be used as an illustration of how this one agency of socialisation can be crucial to an individual’s life chances. (Assessment is by a 90 minute exam).
The final unit is Exploring Social Inequality and Difference, and the focus will be on whether our society is most accurately described as an equal or unequal society. Students will also continue to further learn about methods of sociological research.
(Assessment is by a 120 minute exam)