Social Science

Curriculum Leader: Mr D. Knight

Our Social Science Department offers courses in both Sociology and Psychology at KS5. Both subjects remain a popular choice amongst students, with many choosing to continue with Social Science related degrees at University. Studying a Social Science also allows students to develop transferable skills such as critical analysis, evaluation, independent thinking, mathematical skills and scientific research. The Social Science department is lively and enthusiastic and is committed to trialing new teaching and learning activities to ensure that students receive high standards of teaching and learning in lessons.

Psychology follows the AQA specification which provides students with an understanding of the human mind and subsequent behaviour. At AS level, students cover introductory topics such as Memory, Social Influence and Attachment. Students will also gain an understanding into the origins of Psychology, different approaches within Psychology and Research methodology. Students studying the full A level will also complete the following topics; Biopsychology, Relationships, Schizophrenia and Forensic Psychology. Research methods is further developed at A2 to provide students with a secure understanding of the scientific process. All units within the course are assessed by examination. Further information can be found here.

Sociology follows the AQA course and introduces students to a number of theoretical perspectives and research methods used by Sociologists. The AS level course is a one year course which provides students with a solid grounding in Sociology. Students will look at key Sociological theories concerning the Family and Education and also compare and contrast different experiences people have. Students will also learn about research methodology and how this is used within the context of studying education. The full A-Level course lasts for two years and provides students with a broader and more in depth understanding of Sociological theories and concepts. Students cover all topics from AS level and also cover ‘Beliefs in Society’ and ‘Crime and Deviance’. Similarly to the AS level, students will also gain an understanding of the various theoretical perspectives and research methods used by Sociologists. Further information can be found here.