What is the purpose of this qualification?
This qualification is for learners with no prior learning in this area who want a short introduction to key aspects of social science. It will be of relevance to learners interested in moving on to further learning in this area at Level 3.
What skills, knowledge, or understanding does this qualification develop?
This qualification comprises two mandatory units, which together provide a short introduction to key aspects of social science:
• Law in action: tort
• Democracy, power and participation in the UK.
How is this qualification different from other, similar qualifications?
There is a Gateway Qualifications Level 2 Award, Certificate and Diploma in Social Sciences. Learners can take the Award as part of a larger programme of learning, where it complements other study.
They can use it to help them to prepare to progress to a Level 3 social science course (e.g. an Access to Higher Education: Humanities and Social Sciences or an A level or AS in Sociology), where the majority of their Level 2 learning has not been focused on social science.
Which sector does this qualification support?
This qualification is not designed to support progression to employment.
What are the progression options?
This qualification supports progression to Level 3 learning in the field of Social Sciences.
Progression & Entry Requirements
There is no requirement for any specific prior learning or attainment for this qualification. However, they will benefit from having English and Maths skills at level 1 or above. It is anticipated that most learners will not have any prior experience of social science before embarking on this qualification. The qualification is available to learners aged 16 and over.