The Social Science department aims to give students a refreshing view of the world around them and allow students to develop a thirst for greater knowledge by considering human behaviour through a range of perspectives and approaches. Students will also develop the ability to critically analyse and evaluate research and theories and present information in a sophisticated, clear and concise manner.
Through the study of sociology, students will consider families and households, education, beliefs in society and crime and deviance within the contemporary world whilst understanding the research and theoretical framework in which sociologists develop their ideas.
Studying Psychology will enable students to consider a range of psychological approaches by looking at how aggression, gender and business psychology can be explained. Students will also study health psychology and psychopathology and will have the opportunity to conduct their own psychological research.
SOCIAL SCIENCE STAFF:
Miss A Hanson – Curriculum Lead – Sociology and Psychology
Ms S Palmer – Teacher of Psychology (2020-2021)
Ms Maknun – Teacher of Sociology (2020-2021)
Our Year 12 and 13 students will have the opportunity to complete an A level in Sociology and a BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Psychology.
In Psychology, the course follows the Pearson specification and is equivalent in size to on A Level. Students are assessed through internal coursework units as well as external examined units. They will also complete a range of assessments and PPE mock exams throughout the year to identify strengths and intervention requirements.
In Sociology, the course follows the AQA specification and students are assessed by 3 external exams at the end of Year 13. Students will also complete a range of assessments and PPE mock exams throughout the year to identify strengths and intervention requirements.