Course Entry Requirements

GCSE grade 5 in English Language.


Are you interested in contemporary, modern Britain? Do you want to acquire knowledge and a critical understanding of the social world in which you live? Then this is the course for you! You will develop your skills in organising and presenting information, ideas, descriptions and arguments. You will also broaden your understanding of the social and political world around you.

What you will study

  • Modules introducing socialisation, culture and identity (with a particular focus on youth subcultures)
  • Research methods and social inequalities
  • Globalisation and the digital world (with a particular focus on crime and deviance


Three examinations at the end of year two.

Course Support

  • We will help you to develop and understand the elements and skills in Sociology. (No prior learning necessary)
  • Additional tutorials to enhance knowledge
  • Support with study skills

Enrichment Activities

  • Trips and visits eg to the Crown Court, Houses of Parliament, The Old Bailey, Washington DC and New York
  • Guest speakers and additional activities on the Sociology Day
  • Manchester University revision trip to help with exam prep

Progression and career opportunities

Sociology students go on to a hugely diverse range of careers and H.E. courses. From jobs in the media, such as researchers and journalists, to teaching, police work, social work, health care. The courses and careers list is endless. There is also a wide variety of opportunities in all aspects of social research, such as youth services, the criminal justice system, education, etc.

Further Information

SOCIOLOGY course leaflet

Exam board course specification

What Our Students Say

I enjoy studying at Carmel because I have the chance to balance my work with enrichment activities. Sociology is an interesting subject which sparks debate in the classroom. There’s a lot of interaction in the lessons and you are always learning new and surprising things about society.

At Carmel there are many enrichment activities you can participate in; from table tennis, to futsal, to basketball there is something for all students. What has impressed me the most is the amount of freedom students have for independent study and how you can balance this extra learning with enrichment activities.

After Camel I hope to go to Liverpool University to study either Physiotherapy or Psychology.

Joseph Wray

Sociology student Joseph Wray