The scheme of assessment for the Ordinary Level qualification is based on two examination papers.
Paper 1 is presented in two parts. Section A focuses on research methods and comprises one compulsory
question based on source material. The second part of the examination paper is divided into three sections:
Section B covers the theme of Culture and Socialisation; Section C is Social Stratification; and Section D is
Power and Politics. There are two structured questions in each section. Candidates are required to answer
three questions from Section B to D. The examination for Paper One is of 2 hours 30 minutes duration.
Paper 2 is divided into four sections addressing the themes of the Family, Education, Mass Media, and
Crime, Deviance and Social Control. There are two structured questions in each section. Candidates are
required to answer three questions from Sections A to D. The examination for Paper Two is of 1 hour 45
The marks for each O Level paper will be divided between three assessment objectives:
• Knowledge and understanding
• Interpretation and application
• Analysis and evaluation
The marks for both papers will be divided between the assessment objectives on the following basis:
knowledge and understanding – 40%; interpretation and application – 30%; analysis and evaluation – 30%.
Success in the examination will depend heavily on the ability of the candidate to demonstrate the skills
identified in the three assessment objectives. An effective teaching strategy will therefore include provision
for teaching and supporting the development of these skills among the candidates individually and as a study
group. Teachers and Centres will identify their own schemes of best practice to suit their particular
circumstances and candidate requirements. The following recommendations are intended as a modest
contribution to the process of formulating an appropriate teaching strategy that each Centre will approach in