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This course is a 1 year programme and provides students with the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities and provide an insight into Social Sciences topics including psychology, sociology and politics.

The choice of units offered at this level lets you demonstrate a variety of necessary skills that will support your future studies.

This qualification contains one mandatory unit and eight optional units.

  • What will I study?

    The units you will study are likely to include:

    Core Units:

    • Investigating a Career

    Specialist Units:

    • Social Psychology
    • Psychology
    • Health Psychology
    • Ethical Issues in Social Policy
    • Introduction to Sociology
    • The Sociology of Health
    • Economic Policy and British Politics
    • International Current Affairs

    All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

  • Who is this course for?

    The course is ideal if you have an interest in studying Psychology, Sociology or Politics in the future or would like a better understanding of social science with a view to gaining employment or an apprenticeship in a relevant field.

  • How is the course assessed?

    The course is assessed using internal coursework, this might include written work, presentations, group work, role play or other assessment methods.

  • Your Study Programme

    If you are aged 16-18, you will join a Study Programme. We will make sure you are working at the right level on your core qualification and are challenged to achieve the highest level of qualification you can. All students will continue to improve their maths and English and if you dont have a grade C (4) at GCSE, we will work with you towards achieving that goal. Work experience will be part of your study programme and complement your college study and prepare you for employment. You will also get involved in activities to help you develop life skills and to build your confidence so you can make progress in your career. Weekly timetables will include tutorial support which may comprise of full group activities or one to one sessions to discuss individual progress or support needs.

  • Knowledge

    You will develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of:

    • The principles, purposes and different types of psychological assessments

    • How to work with people with common mental health problems

    • How to respond to peoples need sensitively, with regards to individual differences.
  • Skills

    You will have the ability to:

    • Communicate using a range of methods including face-to-face, telephone, presentations and electronic mediums

    • Work within your own practice boundaries and levels of competence

    • Adapt to changes and work flexibly and resiliently.
  • Behaviours

    What is required?

    • Treat people with dignity, respecting diversity, beliefs, culture, needs, values, privacy and preferences
    • Be adaptable, reliable and consistent
    • Take responsibility.
  • Progression and Career Opportunities

    After successful completion of this course you could progress to a level 3 qualification which include in social science subjects including areas such as public services, health and social care and Childcare.

  • Entry Requirements for new students

    4 GCSEs at Grade 3 (D) or above including English and maths

  • Admissions Process

    We recommend that you attend one of our exciting open events so that you can look around the department, the college and meet the tutors. You are welcome to do this before or after you apply. These events have proved very successful in ensuring students and their families see the best of what the college has to offer such as our inspirational teaching areas, teachers, library facilities and places to eat.
    Once you have applied our experienced Enrolment Team will consider your application carefully and will let you know, by email, if the College would like to make you a conditional offer based on you meeting the specified entry requirements. If your predicted grades or career aims suggest that an alternative subject area or course level would be more appropriate for you at this stage, we will contact you either by telephone, email or text. If you have told us that you have some additional support needs we will contact you to find out more so that we can help you.