Social Sciences

Social Sciences

PSYCHOLOGY
Year 10/11 course description:
In Year 10 and 11 students acquire knowledge and understanding of how psychology works, the differing approaches and perspectives which provide contrasting explanations for why individuals behave in specific ways.  They will also develop an awareness of the relationship between psychology and social, cultural, scientific and contemporary issues. There are two components – studies and applications in psychology 1 and 2, which include the key themes with core studies and the research process in psychological investigations.  As part of the research method unit, they will learn to apply ethical guidelines to core studies and are encouraged to carry out their own practical activities and investigations.  Throughout the course students will study a variety of topics; criminal psychology, development, psychological problems, social influence, memory, sleep and dreaming.

Year 12/13 course description:
In Year 12 students will learn about five key approaches in Psychology including Cognitive, Developmental, Physiological, Social and Individual Differences and the Behaviourist and Psychodynamic perspectives. They will learn to describe the approach and evaluate these in terms of strengths and weaknesses.  Students will also learn about key studies within the major approaches consisting of classic psychological investigations and contemporary psychological research.  Students will learn to evaluate these and draw comparisons between these studies.  Students will also learn about the process of carrying out psychological research and statistical analysis of findings as well as key ethical, theoretical and methodological considerations.  In Year 13 students will focus on three major topics in Psychology – Mental Health, Sports and Exercise Psychology and Forensic Psychology. They will need to be able to describe key theories and pieces of research which have contributed to these areas. They will also need to discuss the limitations of these applications. Students will be assessed on a synoptic element; that of research methods and approaches.

SOCIOLOGY

Year 10/11 course description:

Sociology is the study of groups and structures within Society and how they interact and impact upon individuals. Topics such as the Family, Education, Crime, Mass Media, Power and Social Inequality are studied. The GCSE Sociology course offers students the opportunity to learn and discover about the external influences on individuals within society which impacts on individuals’ choices and life chances. The course has two units, which are assessed at the end of the two years.

Year 12/13 course description:
Sociology offers alternative explanations to the common sense assumptions about the world that people often make. Sociology is not about opinions but about using evidence that is both reliable and valid. Sociology also investigates a range of debates regarding social ‘problems’ and the different perspectives that differing sociologists have over the causes of these issues. In Year 12 students study Families and Households and Education as major topic areas alongside research methods and the application of research to a setting.  In Year 13 Students will go on to look at Beliefs in Society (religious, spiritual, scientific) and Crime and Deviance alongside Sociological Theory and the application of research methods.

HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE

Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4 the students will study for a Cambridge Nationals in Health and Social Care.  The qualification will equip learners with sound specialist knowledge and skills for everyday use. They will also challenge all learners, including high attaining learners, by introducing them to demanding material and skills; encouraging independence and creativity; providing tasks that engage with the most taxing aspects of the National Curriculum (including Values of Care and the current legislation requirements and the importance of softer skills such as communication skills to ensure individuals right to independence and dignity).

Topic areas they will study are:
• Essential values of care for use with individuals in care settings
• Communicating and working with individuals in health, social care and early years settings
• Understanding body systems and disorders
• Understanding the development and protection of young children in an early years setting

Key Stage 5
At Key Stage 5 the students will study for a Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care.  The qualification will provide learners with the opportunity, through applied learning, to develop the core specialist knowledge, skills and understanding required in the health and social care sector.

Topic areas they will study are:
• Building Positive Relationships in Health and Social Care
• Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care
• Health, Safety and security in Health and Social Care
• Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care
• Infection Control
• Nutrition for Health