Prepare for further learning or training and/or develop knowledge and/or skills in a subject area
Qualification Grading Type
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 a total of 40 credits including all units within Group M (Mandatory) totalling 30 credits and 10 credits from Group O1 (Optional units: Personal Learning and Thinking Skills).
Learners must complete the all units in this group, totalling 30 credits.
Carrying out an Extended Project
Community Action and Active Citizenship
Democracy, Power and Participation in the UK
Equal Opportunities, Prejudice and Discrimination
Law in Action: Criminal Law
Law in Action: Tort
The Sociology of Education
The Sociology of the Family
Learners must complete 10 credits from this group.
Skills for Creative Thinkers
Skills for Effective Participants
Skills for Independent Enquirers
Skills for Reflective Learners
Skills for Self Managers
Skills for Team Workers
What is the purpose of this qualification?
This qualification is for learners with no prior learning in this area who want an introduction to some key areas of social science. It will be of relevance to learners preparing for further study in one of a number of related areas at level 3. It can be used as the substantial qualification by learners on a 16-19 study programme.
What skills, knowledge, or understanding does this qualification develop?
This qualification includes the following mandatory units
• Law in action: tort
• Democracy, power and participation in the UK
• The sociology of education
• The sociology of the family
• Law in action: criminal law
• Community action and active citizenship
• Global citizenship
• Equal opportunities, prejudice and discrimination
• Carrying out an extended project
Learners can then add further units from a range covering personal, learning and thinking skills, such as those for effective team workers and creative thinkers.
How is this qualification different from other, similar qualifications?
There is a Gateway Qualifications Level 2 Award, Certificate and Diploma in Social Sciences. Learners should take the Diploma if they want a programme that gives them a comprehensive grounding across different aspects of social science, as well as the opportunity to develop valuable learning skills in readiness for progressing 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).
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, including for example sociology or law.
Progression & entry requirementsThere is no requirement for any specific prior learning or attainment for this qualification. It is anticipated that most learners will not have any prior experience of social science before embarking on this qualification. However they will benefit from having English and Maths skills at level 2 or above.The qualification is available to learners aged 16 and over.
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