Course Overview

Sociology is the study of society. In Sociology, we ask questions such as:

Does racism exist in society? How can we measure this?
Does sexism exist in society? How can we measure this?
How has family life changed over time?
How should we explain the inequalities that exist in society?

The skills you learn in A Level Sociology are about focusing on questions with sources of text to refer to, writing essays and thinking logically about evidence. You will learn how to use statistics, evidence and theoretical concepts in essay questions. In Sociology essays, you need to present both sides of a debate to get good marks.

Course Outline

Year 1:
Socialisation, culture and identity.
Researching and understanding social inequalities.

Year 2:
Researching and understanding social inequalities.
Debates in contemporary society: globalisation, digital social world and education in society.

Year 1:
Internal exams set throughout year.

Year 2:
Frequent mock exams throughout year, then 3 external exams set by exam board to count for final grade.

Exam Board

Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 and above, including Maths, with at least two at grade 6. You should have GCSE English at grade 5 and an essay-based subject at grade 6. You are not required to have studied Sociology at GCSE.


A Level Sociology is a course that covers topics and skills that are relevant to many different career options eg: social work, research, teaching and journalism.
Students are taught by subject specialists including an author for Harper Collins publishers.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the college allocate places to students?

All applicants will be invited to attend an admissions interview. An offer of a place to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College is made subject to you meeting the College's standard entry grade requirements.

How much does it cost to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College?

There are no tuition fees for 16-18 year-olds. Students are asked to pay a £25 book deposit when they enrol at the college, however this is returned at the end of the two years of study when all books and resources have been returned to the college. Some subjects will offer field trips which may impose some additional costs, however these costs will be kept to a minimum and these field trips are not compulsory.

When does enrolment take place?

Enrolment takes place from GCSE Results Day. Further details about enrolment and a date/time for your individual appointment will be sent to you in a letter over the summer holiday. Enrolment takes on average 1-2 hours.

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