Psychology & Sociology

Social Sciences

Resources

There is a dedicated Social Sciences classroom located in the sixth form centre, which has a wide range of textbooks, magazines and DVD’s relating to the specification. The department also has a bank of tablets, which can be used in lessons or for further research.

Psychology

Aims:

  • To foster an interest and develop enthusiasm for the study of human mind and behaviour
  • To encourage students to engage with their knowledge of Science and Maths to develop a critical understanding of human behaviour
  • To encourage students to reflect upon their own lives and the lives of their family and friends, in order to apply personal experience to theory
  • To develop an understanding of the differences between individuals and to accept and celebrate the diversity of our world

Curriculum

Psychology is a subject that is offered exclusively at Key Stage Five. This is a two year A-Level course that is assessed through three examinations at the end of year 13. Students have four lessons each week, plus one directed study period. The AQA specification is followed.

 

In the first year of the course students study four key areas; memory, attachment, social influence and psychopathology. In the second year students study gender, schizophrenia, forensic psychology and biopsychology. Research methods is embedded throughout the course and students are required to conduct basic statistical calculations.

 

A degree in Psychology can lead to a wide variety of careers such as educational or forensic psychology, counselling, teaching, the health service, the police force and social work. Psychology is a useful subject to have studied for many professions, as it is the study of understanding people.

 

 

Sociology

Aims

  • To encourage an interest in issues relating to culture, socialisation and identity
  • To develop an interest in the structure of society and the changing nature of social class
  • To further develop extended writing skills
  • To understand the overarching perspectives that Sociologists use to explain society; Functionalism, Feminism and Marxism
  • To develop an understanding of the differences between societies and to accept and celebrate the diversity of our world

Curriculum

Sociology is a subject that is offered exclusively at Key Stage Five. This is a two year A-Level course that is assessed through three examinations at the end of year 13. Students have four lessons each week, plus one directed study period. The AQA specification is followed.

 

In the first year of the course students learn about the role of education in our society, as well as the importance of the family unit. In the second year students study crime and deviance, which examines the causes of crime and how we can prevent it from happening. Research methods is embedded throughout the course.

 

A degree in Sociology can lead to careers in occupations such as counselling, the police, health care, teaching, social care, human resources, youth work and politics.