Psychology and Sociology
The Social Science department currently teaches GCSE and A level Psychology, and A level Sociology. These courses cover a broad spectrum of topics including the creation of phobias, mental illness, the influence of society and the creation of criminals amongst others.
Sociology and Psychology help to explain our behaviour. Investigating the effect the environment, culture and our own genetics have. At different points in the course Students will plan and execute their own research into chosen topics to further their understanding.
Using active learning and teaching methods we aim to develop great student involvement and interest in Social Sciences. Also to create a positive learning environment with engaged students who are independent and seek out opportunity to further their own knowledge. We are committed to ensuring that each student is given the opportunity and support needed to reach their potential.
Key Stage 5
A level Psychology covers topics including the causes and treatments of mental illnesses, the causes of criminal behaviour, explanations as to why we obey authority figures and the effect of illegal drugs on the functioning of the brain, amongst others.
Sociology is a new course this year in the department. Students will learn about different sociological arguments for the purpose and effect of different elements of our society including; education, identity and family structure.
In both courses Students will complete the As qualification in year 12 and the complete A level, to allow the most flexibility for students. Both courses are 100% exam requiring responses using research and theories to express and justify arguments.
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