AS/A Level Sociology

OCR's AS and A GCE courses focus on contemporary society. They are designed to encourage the development of critical and reflective thinking with a respect for social diversity and to encourage an awareness of the importance of social structure and social action in explaining social issues. Candidates are encouraged to develop their own sociological awareness through active engagement with the contemporary social world.

These specifications are designed to provide candidates with an introduction to sociology that emphasises contemporary social processes and social changes whilst also encouraging an ethos of critical enquiry within candidates, encouraging them to explore the social world and to reflect on their own social experiences.

Modules and Assessment

AS Units
Unit 1 - Exploring Socialisation, Culture and Identity
Unit 2 - Topics in Socialisation, Culture and Identity

A2 Units
Unit 3 - Power and Control
Unit 4 - Exploring Social Inequality and Difference

Students studying a full Advanced GCE sit four examination papers as a terminal assessment.

The Two-Unit 'AS'
The AS is both a 'stand-alone' qualification and also the first half of the corresponding Advanced GCE. The AS is assessed at a standard appropriate for candidates who have completed the first year of study of the two year Advanced GCE course. The AS GCE is made up of two mandatory units which are externally assessed and form 50% of the corresponding four-unit Advanced GCE. Each examination is an hour and a half long.

The Four-Unit Advanced GCE
The Advanced GCE is made up of two mandatory units at AS and two further units at A2. The Advanced GCE specification also focuses on the themes of power, control and social stratification. These A2 units are also externally assessed. Both examination papers are two hours in duration.

No prior knowledge of Sociology is required to study either AS or A2 Sociology but it is recommended that candidates have at least a Grade 'C' in English.