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Subject Leader: Mrs E. Rivière-Price


GCE Advanced Level Sociology

Exam Board: OCR
Level: 3

Course Overview

There is no coursework for pupils, all units are assessed by an exam each.

Unit 1-Introducing socialisation, culture and identity

  • Themes development through the topic of the family

Unit 2 – Research methods and Researching social inequalities

  • Section A – introduction to range of methods, sources of data and factors influencing the design of sociological research
  • Section B – Understanding social inequalities

Unit 3 Globalisation and the digital world (to be taught in Year 2)

  • This unit has 3 options where one must be chosen:
  • Religion, Belief, Crime and Deviance

Assessment: 100% examination.


Curriculum Content

A Level Sociology (Year 1) - Y12

Term 1
  • Introduction to Sociological theories
  • Research Methods: positivist approach, interpretivist approach, factors influencing the choice of research topic, the choice of research method 
  • Culture: concept of culture, norms and values, cultural diversity, cultural hybridity, popular and high culture
  • Socialisation: nature/nurture debate, primary socialisation (family)
Term 2
  • Research Methods: aim, hypothesis and research questions, sampling, questionnaires, interviews
  • Socialisation: secondary socialisation
  • Culture: consumer culture, global culture
  • Identity: gender identity, social class identity, age identity
Term 3
  • Research Methods: observations, secondary data: official and unofficial statistics, media products: content analysis, ethnography, mixed methods (triangulation/methodological pluralism)
  • Socialisation: social control (formal/informal)
  • Social Inequality: social class inequality, gender inequality
  • Identity: sexuality, age, disability, nationality
  • The Media: media representation: gender, ethnic, social class, age
Term 4
  • Social Inequality: age, ethnicity
  • The Media: theoretical views of media representation, direct effect theories, indirect effect theories
  • Consolidation of previous topics

Term 5

  • The Media: active audience
  • Consolidation, revision of previous topics

Term 6

  • Crime and Deviance: defining crimes and deviance, measuring crime, patterns and trends (age/gender)
  • Globalisation: definition, key concepts, Marxist perspective, Feminist perspective
  • Mock examination


A Level Sociology (Year 2) - Y13

Term 1

  • Social Inequality: gender inequality: feminist explanation, intersectionality, ethnic inequality
  • Crime and Deviance: defining crime and deviance, measuring crime, patterns and trends, globalisation and green crime

Term 2

  • Social Inequality: age inequality
  • Globalisation and Digital Communication: definition, key concepts, Marxist perspective, feminist perspective
  • Crime and Deviance: functionalist explanation, subcultural explanation, interactionist explanation

Term 3

  • Globalisation: postmodernist perspective, impact of digital communication, social groups, relationships
  • Crime and Deviance: Marxist explanation, neo-Marxist explanation, radical criminology, right-wing, left-realism, right-realism

Term 4

  • Crime and Deviance: feminist explanation, cultural criminology, white-collar crime, gender crime, age and crime, ethnicity and crime, left-wing solutions, right-wing solutions
  • Topic consolidation and revision

Term 5

  • Topic consolidation and revision for final examination


Useful Website Links:

Education Forum  
S-Cool A-Level Revision
Sociology with Miss Robinson

Suggested Revision Guides and Books:

Sociology A level for OCR book 1 Written by K.Roberts, P.Taylor, S. Brisbane, N. Ali, S. Chapman, J. Jacobs-Roth (Hodder Education)
Sociology student guide A level year 1, Researching and understanding inequalities written by S. Chapman (Hodder Education) 
Sociology A level for OCR book 2 Written by K.Roberts, P.Taylor, S. Brisbane, L. Pountney (Hodder Education)
OCR A level sociology: my revision notes written by S. Chapman (Hodder Education)

OSL and Extra-Curricular Activities:

A Level revision will take place lunch times and after school throughout the year