Sociology

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 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.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs, two at grade 6 and three at grade 4.
GCSE English at grade 4. 
Desired average GCSE Score of 5.0
It is advisable to have a least one grade 6 in an essay based subject at GCSE.
Students are not required to have studied Sociology at GCSE as not many schools offer it. Students that have studied Sociology GCSE will find that the A Level course adds much more depth to the topics covered at GCSE. 
 

Employability

Sociology is a course that covers topics and skills that are relevant to many different career options eg: social work, researcher, teacher, journalist.
We invite some students on a trip to see the BBC studios in the Mailbox, Birmingham City Centre.
We support all students if they need to miss lessons due to work experience placements.
 

Qualification
Course Outline

Components of Course

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.

Assessment
    •    Examination - 100%

Coursework 0%
No coursework assessment in this course.

Examination 100%
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
OCR

Student Portrait

“I studied Sociology with English Language and Psychology at Cadbury College, achieving AAC. I am now studying a degree in Sociology at the University of Liverpool.”

Hannah

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 College is made subject to you meeting the College's standard entry grade requirements. If the number of applicants exceeds the number of places on offer a reserve list will be opened.

What are the costs to study at Cadbury 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 after GCSE Results are announced. It is usually at the end of August into the beginning of September, with all students being on timetable by the end of the first week of September. Further details about enrolment and a date/time for your individual appointment will be sent to you in a letter over the summer holiday. The enrolment appointment will take between 1 and 2 hours.

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