This qualification is being withdrawn
The operational end date (last date for new starts) of this qualification is 31/07/2022 and the certification end date is 31/07/2023.

Key Facts

Level 2
Subject Sector:
11.2 Sociology and Social Policy
Qualification No:
48 hours
Total qualification time:
60 hours
£29.50 per learner
Age Range:
16-18 & 19+

Qualification purpose

Prepare for further learning or training and/or develop knowledge and/or skills in a subject area

Qualification Grading Type


Assessment Methods

  • Portfolio of Evidence

  • Why choose this qualification?

    This suite of social science qualifications provides an introduction to law and citizenship in the UK and to different aspects of sociology for example sociology of the family and education. The Diploma in Social Sciences also supports the development of a learner

    They have been developed in collaboration with Newham College Of Further Education to meet the needs of post 16 learners who are interested in the different disciplines that make up the social sciences but have not had any prior experience in this sector at Key Stage 4.

    The Diploma may be used as part of a 16-19 study programme for Level 2 learners.

    Rules of Combination

    Learners must complete the two units in Group M (Mandatory), totalling 6 credits.



    Learners must complete the two units from this group, totalling 6 credits.

    Democracy, Power and Participation in the UK

    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    Unit No:
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    Law in Action: Tort

    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    Unit No:
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    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.

    Funding information

    There are now two main sources for funding information, a straightforward ESFA Qualification Search and the more detailed Find a Learning Aim website.

    The new Find a learning aim (FALA) service provides a search tool that you can use to check the funding status of any qualification, framework, unit, standard or T Level:

    View this qualification on the ESFA’s Find a learning aim website

    The Education and Skills Funding Agency search provides funding information on qualifications. It does not provide funding information for units, non-regulated activity and work placements, for this information please use Find a learning aim (FALA).

    View this qualification on the ESFA Qualification Funding Search

    How to find a learning aim

    If you’re not sure how to use the new find a learning aim website, we’ve created a handy walkthrough to help you:

    How to Use: Find a learning Aim

    We have done our best to collate and summarise the key information, and wherever possible we alert our providers to changes in funding policy.

    This funding information is provided in good faith and it is always advisable to check directly with the funding agencies before committing to delivery.

    The following support materials will help you to deliver this qualification.

    Internal Quality Assurance

    Special Considerations and Reasonable Adjustment Forms