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Sociology AS/A-Level at Ravens Wood School

Course description

Why is it that certain sections of society are more likely to see criminal activity? Why do females do better in examinations than males? Why do some people earn vast amounts of money and some cannot even get a job? Does class really make a difference to life chances? Is religion still relevant in Britain today? How do we learn to behave in an acceptable way? How does society work? Or does society work?

A simple definition of Sociology is that it is the study of people in social groups. It examines the effects of people living in social groups and investigates the different ideas about how society functions. If the questions above interest you, then this is a course for you.

Course content

Year 12 includes the following topics:

  • How culture is formed
  • The process of socialization
  • Individual identity and socialization
  • Sociology of the family
  • Social inequalities
  • Research methods
  • Understanding inequality with reference to class and gender

Year 13 includes all the AS topics plus the following topics:

  • Globalisation the Digital Social World
  • Sociology of crime and deviance
  • Social inequalities
  • Understanding inequality with reference to age and ethnicity

Entry requirements

B or above in any Humanities subject.


The course is run by OCR. At AS level there are 2 modules that will be examined by separate exams. At A level, there are 3 modules to be examined in 3 separate exams. There is no coursework or controlled assessments. Essay writing is an essential skill in all these examinations. Extended reading and essay writing is an essential aspect of the course.

Future opportunities

It will help students to develop an awareness of the society in which we live. It will also give them the opportunity to develop certain skills such as essay writing, planning, analysis, evaluation and making links between things. These skills are transferable.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ravens Wood School directly.

Last updated date: 19 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years