Introduction to Social Sciences & Humanities


This one year vocational course will introduce you to the basic concepts and theories of social sciences and humanities such as history, law, sociology and psychology. You will also learn study skills which will support you in your future study at Level 3. You’ll also participate in course-related work experience. This course will prepare you for vocational level three courses.

Level: Vocational (level 2)

Course Details

Begin with the end in mind

Nurse, social worker, teacher, police force, forensic professional and lawyer.

Law, nursing, sociology, social science, applied science, psychology and public services.

Applied law, criminology, health and social care (level three).

Topics you'll cover

  • Introduction to humanities
  • Development of social policy
  • Ethical issues in social policy
  • Social psychology
  • Introduction to sociology
  • Psychology
  • Aspects of crime
  • Criminal justice system
  • Crime and social groups
  • Critical thinking
  • Setting learning goals
  • Plagiarism
  • Essay writing skills.

Assessment and Qualification

  • Portfolio work
  • Written assessments
  • Exam board: Ascentis
  • Certificate (level two)
  • Equivalent to one GCSE.

Course entry requirements

  • At least two GCSEs at three and above in English and maths.

What students say about the course

"There are such a variety of topics on this course! I enjoyed learning about the infamous crimes committed by people such as Jack the Ripper, a topic which I had heard of but did not know much about. The Behind Bars Conference at college was a real highlight as it gave me good insight into people’s experiences of the justice system. I’ve always enjoyed watching crime documentaries so to be given the opportunity to speak to ex-offenders was enlightening. Completing this course really helped me to realise that criminology is a subject that I want to study for the next two years on my level three programme. Without doing this course I might not have been certain about my future choices."

Amie- Megan Njie, previously at Oasis Academy Lord’s Hill

Additional information

During your studies you will have access to extra materials and activities as part of your course. These extra items (such as equipment, study guides and workbooks etc.) are built into the normal day-to-day running of our courses and so we ask students to make an annual payment towards these additional costs. If there are any issues with being able to pay these costs, please contact Richard Taunton Sixth Form College.

 A copy of our course payment breakdown can be course payment breakdown.