Sociology

OCR A Level Sociology. 100% external examination.

(New Specification) AS Level – Unit 1 – Socialisation, culture and identify, Unit 2 – Family and relationships, Unit 3 – Research methods, Unit 4 – researching social inequalities
(Old Specification) A2 Level – Unit 3 – Crime and Deviance, Unit 4 – Social inequality and difference with research methods.

Year 12

Term 1
Key Learning Objectives Learners will be introduced to the topic of research and look at the importance of social research within Sociology.   They will focus on the relationship between research and theory, the main stages of research and the types of methods used by sociologists in research. Learners will begin to make informed judgements on social research developing their A02b skills.   Learners will also begin looking at the formation of culture/norms and values and the process of socialisation will be introduced. Learners will too start looking at the formation of identities and the social factors that contribute to individual identity.
Key Activities / Homework Learners will use a range of activities including essay planning, jigsaw essay building, individual note taking and deconstructing and constructing mark schemes. Learners will be asked to create revision mats for each topic for homework giving them the opportunity to build a bank of revision resources as the year goes on.
Assessments Learners will be introduced to A Level mark schemes and essays and assessments will be set every two weeks. Essays and assessments to be based on the current new spec and source materials will be created by SKQ using the marking guidelines set by OCR.
Suggest reading & support materials Learners will be encouraged to read around the subject and to watch and follow current affairs.
Term 2
Key Learning Objectives Keeping with the theme of social research, learners will start their introduction to the ideas of social inequality and the social factors that contribute to this.   Learners will be introduced to range of new concepts such as Patterns and trends and will be expected to contextualise these within the topic of social inequality. Learners will begin their voyage into unpicking and understanding the main theories of social inequality as presented by Karl Marx, Max Weber, Emile Durkheim. Learners will too start looking more in depth at the make up of the family and the family. The will look at the different types of family, the way family impacts social policy and again start linking the major sociological theories to the social structure of the family.
Key Activities / Homework Much like the first term activities will be based upon the use of the A0 skills in essays. Learners will begin their development of using theory within essay writing.
Assessments Learners will continue working with the OCR mark schemes and exam question in order to build their knowledge of the exam questions and build confidence in answering exam questions. During this second term learners will undertake a full mock exam.
Suggest reading & support materials Learners will continued to be encouraged to watch and keep up to date with current affairs. Learners will also be given the OCR course book and encouraged to purchase a copy to aid revision and gain a better understanding of the exam content needed.
Term 3
Key Learning Objectives Learners will continue with their work on social research and inequality and also continue to look at the family with theory.   This final term will be very exam based and learners will start ‘formal’ revision. Lesson will be based around exam skills and exam techniques.   A mini mock will also take place.
Key Activities / Homework Learners will continue dissecting mark schemes and focusing of the skills that they need in the exams. Learners will also continue to work on revision material both in lessons and at home. Homework will too be set in the form of exam questions and sources. learners will be asked to attend electives and during this term they will be open to all learners.
Assessments End of course examination
Suggest reading & support materials Learners will be encouraged to continue reading the course book and continue watching and reading current affairs.

Year 13

Term 1
Key Learning Objectives In this term learns will be introduced to the key concepts of social inequality and start looking at the factors that contribute to social inequality. Learners will begin to unpick and identity the ways that the contemporary UK is socially unequal. Learners will also begin looking at the theoretical explanations of social inequality in the contemporary UK.   Learners will also start looking at the definition and measurement of crime and deviance and start looking at the trends and distribution of crime in the contemporary UK.
Key Activities / Homework Learners will use a range of activities including essay planning, jigsaw essay building, individual note taking and deconstructing and constructing mark schemes. Learners will be asked to create revision mats for each topic for homework giving them the o
Assessments Learners will continue to look at mark schemes and start their introductions to mark schemes in A2. They will also start looking at the different exam style questions that are asked in A2. learners will be set exam questions every week from past papers. This will allow learners to have a bank of answers from all past paper questions.
Suggest reading & support materials Learners will each be given an OCR Sociology G673 and G764 book. They will also be encouraged to read newspapers and keep up to date with current affairs. Learners will also be encouraged to start deeper reading into sociology texts such as the ‘communist manifesto’.
Term 2
Key Learning Objectives Learners will begin looking at the changing class structure and the sociological explanations of the ways that class contributes to social inequality in the UK. Patterns and explanations of victimisation will also be looked at.
Key Activities / Homework Learners will continue looking at essay writing and building their confidence with essays and timings in the exam. They will also start looking at source materials and start dissecting sources in order to answer exam questions.
Assessments Learners will continue working with the OCR mark schemes and exam question in order to build their knowledge of the exam questions and build confidence in answering exam questions. During this second term learners will undertake a full mock exam.
Suggest reading & support materials Learners will be encouraged to continue to read the source text books and encouraged to continue to read current affairs and start linking to social inequality and crime theories.
Term 3
Key Learning Objectives Learners will start to explore sociological research in social inequality and difference. They will begin evaluating the methods that researchers will use when looking at social inequality. Learners will also be introduced to social research theories building on their knowledge from last year. They will also start looking at methodological issues and concerns in research. Learners will also start looking at the agents of social control in the construction of crime and deviance.
Key Activities / Homework Learners will continue dissecting mark schemes and focusing of the skills that they need in the exams. Learners will also continue to work on revision material both in lessons and at home. Homework will too be set in the form of exam questions and sources
Assessments End of course examination and essay questions.
Suggest reading & support materials Learners will continue reading current affairs and the OCR guided reading text books. High ability learners will be encouraged to read and focus on Haralambos sociology text books.