This course is a core component of the Level 2 Social Science Pathway and studied alongside theHigher Project Qualification plus two other GCSE/Vocational courses for a duration of one year. The Level 2 Pathway will help prepare you for a Level 3 Study Programme and to pursue a range of careers.

This is a perfect course if you are constantly questioning why our society works the way it does and why things do or don’t change. We tackle how and why our society is structured the way it is, whilst embedding contemporary issues. We also consider how these issues can be interpreted using different sociological perspectives, as well as the impact they have on different groups in society.

We will tackle tough subject matter, including ideas around racism, sexism, and social class conflict. All of this is achieved in an engaging classroom setting where discussion will be regular, along with group work and activities. This is an ideal course for anyone who wants to better understand the world they live in, as well as the people within it.

Past Sociology trips have included visits to Shepton Mallett prison, and the University of Gloucestershire for a Criminology day and we engage with charities in the local community.


You will study the following topics:

  • Approaches to Sociology
  • Social structures, processes and issues
  • Sociology of the family
  • Sociology of education
  • Crime and deviance
  • Social stratification
  • Research methods.

This course is assessed by exams.

There are two papers, each with 100 marks available and 1 hour 45 minutes in duration. 

You must be aged 16 years+ to complete the Level 2 Pathway.

The standard entry requirement is a GCSE profile of grade 3s however the programme is also aimed at students who haven’t had the opportunity to sit GCSE’s, this could be for several reasons which could include students who have been homeschooled.