Examining body: OCR

Why should I study Sociology?

  • To gain a deeper understanding of the world around you
  • To reflect on social issues that are relevant to your own social experiences
  • To acquire knowledge and a critical understanding of contemporary social processes and social changes
  • To develop a broad set of key desirable skills, including the ability to analyse and formulate clear, logical arguments with scope for extensive evaluation from a range of theoretical perspectives.
  • To develop strong critical thinking skills and be able to consider issues with a global outlook

Course content:

The course focuses on key sociological themes: socialisation, culture, identity, power, control and inequality.

 Units:  Content overview:
Socialisation, culture and identity  Introduces students to the key themes of socialisation, culture and identity and develops these themes through the context of one of three options. These options develop skills that enable students to focus on their personal identity, roles and responsibility within society and develop a lifelong interest in social issues.Section A: Introducing socialisation, culture and identity

What is culture?

What is socialisation?

What is identity?

Section B: Options (students choose one of three)

Families and relationships

Youth subcultures


Researching and understanding social inequalities Introduces and explores the methods of sociological enquiry and develops knowledge and understanding of contemporary social processes and social change in the context of social inequality and difference. It develops links between the nature of sociological thought and the methods of sociological enquiry.Section A: Research methods and researching social inequalities

What is the relationship between theory and methods?

What are the main stages of the research process?

Which methods are used in sociological research?

Section B: Understanding social inequalities

What are the main patterns and trends in social inequality and difference?

How can patterns and trends in social inequality and difference be explained?

Debates in contemporary society  Develops knowledge and understanding of social processes and social change. It develops links between the topics studied in this component, the nature of sociological thought, contemporary social policy and the core themes.Contemporary and global debates are introduced through Section A, while Section B explores the debates in more depth through a detailed study of one of three options.Section A: Globalisation and the digital social world

What is the relationship between globalisation and digital forms of communication?

What is the impact of digital forms of communication in a global context?

This section provides students with the opportunity to consider developments in digital forms of communication within global society and how these developments are related to social capital. Students will gain an overview of how Marxists, feminists and postmodernists view digital forms of communication and the impact of digital social communication – whether this is on people’s identity, social inequalities or relationships. Students will also consider the impact on culture in terms of conflict and change, cultural homogenisation and culture defence.

Section B: Options (students choose one of three)

All three options include a global aspect.

Crime and deviance


Religion, belief and faith.


 How will you be assessed?

There will be three externally assessed examinations with a mixture of structured and essay based questions, some of which will be source based.

Career opportunities:

  • Marketing
  • Nursing
  • Personnel management
  • Policing
  • Social policy
  • Social work
  • Teaching

Further information:

Please email Mrs Macklon if you have any questions about the course