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The Social Science Department consists of two staff. One member of staff has responsibilities outside of the department. The department is housed in two classrooms, one of which is a fully equipped IT room that can be booked on a whole school basis. All classrooms benefit from a networked computer and an interactive whiteboard.

Staff

Staff

The Social Science Department consists of two staff. One member of staff has responsibilities outside of the department. The department is housed in two classrooms, one of which is a fully equipped IT room that can be booked on a whole school basis. All classrooms benefit from a networked computer and an interactive whiteboard.

Key Stage 5

Key Stage 5

At KS5 the Social Science Department offers courses in both Sociology and Psychology. Both courses have proved to be popular and successful.

Method of Assessment for both Sociology and Psychology at AS and A2 is by written examinations only.

Sociology follows the AQA course specialising at AS level in Culture and Identity, and Education with Research Methods. This leads on to studies in A2 covering, Beliefs in Society; Crime and Deviance, and Sociological Theory with Research Methods.

Sociology is becoming an increasingly popular choice with one relatively large class currently in Y12 and there will be one of a similar size in Y13.

The results at A2 are some of the best in the school and, in line with whole school achievement, are well above the national average.

Psychology follows the AQA specification (A) covering at AS level Cognitive and Developmental Psychology with Research Methods in Unit 1, which leads into Social, Atypical and Physiological Psychology in Unit 2. This leads on to studies in A2 covering, Psychology of Gender, Relationships and Aggression in Unit 3 which leads into Media Psychology, Schizophrenia and Research methods in Unit 4.

The Psychology course is a very popular choice with students and has also achieved excellent results. There will be three large AS classes starting this year with one very large A2 group in Year 13.

The Social Science department is lively and enthusiastic and is committed to achieving high standards.

Many students continue to study Sociology or Psychology or related subjects at degree level.

The staff in the department are experienced but are also open to change and are willing to embrace new strategies to fully engage students in the study of Sociology and History.