Curriculum Area: Social Studies - Sociology
Curriculum Leader: Mrs D Black

Year 10 | Year 11 | Year 12 | Year 13

Year 10

This is the first year of the GCSE qualification in Sociology. Over the duration of the course students will complete three units of study.

Unit 1: Sociology Basics (External Examination 25% of GCSE)
Unit 2: Socialisation, Culture and Identity (External Examination 50% of GCSE)
Unit 3: Applying Sociological Research Techniques (External Examination 25% of GCSE)

External examinations will be taken at the end of the two year course.

Please refer to the information below for details of the course content for this school year. You will also find information in each section relating to the assessments that will take place during each term. Please contact me at school if you require additional information.

Term 1: Unit 1 Sociology Basics-Section A Investigating Society

Primary Research Methods:

Conducting Research:

Assessment- All students will take end of topic tests on each of the above areas. Students will be assessed using previous exam questions and will be graded against the examination grade boundaries for this unit.

Term 2: Unit 1 Sociology Basics-Section B Key Concepts

Assessment- All students will take end of topic tests on each of the above areas. Students will be assessed using previous exam questions and will be graded against the examination grade boundaries for this unit.

Students will take a formal mock examination at the end of this unit which will cover all topics they have studied up to this point.

Term 3: Unit 2 Socialisation, Culture and Identity

Topic 1: Crime and Deviance

Assessment- All students will take end of topic tests on each of the above areas. Students will be assessed using previous exam questions and will be graded against the examination grade boundaries for this unit.

 

Year 12

OCR Level 3 Advanced GCE in Sociology

This is the first year of the GCE qualification in OCR Sociology. Over the duration of the course students will complete two units of study for AS. Grades from AS and A2 units will be combined to give students their overall A-Level qualification.

Unit 1: Exploring socialisation, culture and identity (External examination 50% of AS Qualification and 25% of Complete A-Level qualification)

Unit 2: Topics in socialisation, culture and identity (External examination 50% of AS Qualification and 25% of Complete A-Level qualification)

Please refer to the information below for details of the course content for this school year. You will also find information in each section relating to the assessments that will take place during each term. Please contact me at school if you require additional information.

September-January: Unit 1- Exploring socialisation, culture and identity

 

 

Assessment- Students sit an external examination and the question paper consists of four questions based on onepiece of pre-released data, which is a synopsis of sociological research related to the core AS themes of socialisation, culture and identity. Students answer allfour of the questions. All students will take end of topic tests and will be assessed using previous exam questions and will be graded against the examination grade boundaries for this unit.

 

Students will take their examination in this Unit at the end of the academic year in May.Opportunities to resit are available in May of Year 13 after the A2 course of study.

February-May: Unit 2-Topics in socialisation, culture and identity

Assessment- Students sit an external examination with the question paper based on the four topic areas outlined above. Students are required to answer anytwo questions on the four topic areas. All students will take end of topic tests on each area they are taught. Students will be assessed using previous exam questions and will be graded against the examination grade boundaries for this unit.

Students will take their examination in this Unit at the end of the academic year in May. Opportunities to resit are available in May of Year 13 after the A2 course of study.

 

Year 13

This is the second year of the GCE qualification in OCR Sociology. Over the duration of the course students will complete two units of study for A2. Grades from AS and A2 units will be combined to give students their overall A-Level qualification.

Unit 3: Power and Control (External examination 50% of A2 Qualification and 25% of Complete A-Level qualification)

Unit 4: Exploring social inequality and difference (External examination 50% of A2 Qualification and 25% of Complete A-Level qualification)

Please refer to the information below for details of the course content for this school year. You will also find information in each section relating to the assessments that will take place during each term. Please contact me at school if you require additional information.

September-January: Unit 3- Power and Control

 

 

Assessment- Students sit an external examination and answer two essay style questions on one of the topics outlined above. All students will take end of topic tests and will be assessed using previous exam questions and will be graded against the examination grade boundaries for this unit.

Students will take their examination in this Unit at the end of the academic year in May. There will be no opportunity to resit this examination.

February-May: Unit 4 -Exploring social inequality and difference

 

 

Assessment- Students sit an external examination and are required to answer two compulsory questions and an additional question from a choice of two. All students will take end of topic tests on each area they are taught. Students will be assessed using previous exam questions and will be graded against the examination grade boundaries for this unit.

Students will take their examination in this Unit at the end of the academic year in May. There will be no opportunity to resit this examination.