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Social Sciences

Social Sciences Department (KS5 only)

This department comprises of the following three subjects:

  • Government and Politics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Each of these subjects are unique in their study of human society and social relationships. Focusing on key ideologies, studies and/or theories to explore the way in which our world, society and human behaviour is constructed.

The study of any of these subjects may lead to careers in any of the following areas:

  • Advertisement
  • Politics
  • Governmental work
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Journalism
  • Health and Mental Health Services
  • Media
  • Social Work

Government and Politics

Exam Board: Edexcel    Course Code: 9PL0

 

Studying Government and Politics will allow for a developed knowledge and understanding of how people interact with the political system and how governance has been constructed. Central ideas of; citizenship, democracy and participation will be focused upon, whilst exploring the major institutions of UK government and their effectiveness. Plus the way in which the USA is governed and how this compares to UK democracy. It will also enable you to consider how the ideologies including; Liberalism, Conservatism, Socialism and Feminism impact this.

Assessment in Government and Politics is made up of 12, 24 and 30 mark questions. Some of these are compulsory questions and some have a choice of two questions and students have to choose one of the questions to answer. Students will also be asked to answer questions using a given source and this should form the basis of their answer. To be able to apply and analyse unseen information is a key skill that is required for further study at University.

Across the 2 years in Government and Politics you will cover the following:

Year 12:

  • UK Politics Unit
  • UK Government Unit
  • Ideologies

Year 13 Units:

  • Ideologies
  • Comparative Politics Unit

 

Three exam papers are sat at the end of the two year course and each of the three papers has equal weighting which culminates in to one final A Level grade.

 

For more information check out this link:

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/politics-2017.html

 

Psychology

Exam Board: AQA    Course Code: 7182

 

Studying Psychology will provide an understanding of how human behaviour is impacted and constructed by both internal and external factors. It enables you to consider the research behind the theories and covers many different psychological perspectives key ideas such as; obedience in social psychology, the fight-flight response in biopsychology and how we define abnormality in psychopathology.

 

The assessment in psychology ranges from short answer questions of 1-6 marks and more extensive answers from 8-16 marks. The approach to these is very scientific in nature because research methods are a consistent theme throughout the study of this subject. As a result advance mathematical skills are also required to analyse data collection through statistical testing. They may also ask students to apply their psychological knowledge to unseen scenarios, thus building upon a variety of skills useful to studying at degree level.

 

Across the 2 years in Psychology you will cover the following:

  • Year 12 Units:

Memory, Social, Attachment, Psychopathology, Biopsychology,

Research Methods and Psychological Approaches

 

  • Year 13 Units:

Issues & Debates, Aggression, Relationships, Eating Behaviours, Research Methods and a Research Project

 

Three exam papers are sat at the end of the two year course and each of the three papers has equal weighting which culminates in to one final A Level grade.

 

For more information check out this link:

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/psychology/as-and-a-level/psychology-7181-7182

 

 

 

Sociology

Exam Board: AQA    Course Code: 7192

 

Studying Sociology will allow you to understand how society is shaped and controlled by its key institutions. It challenges you to think critically and explore phenomena’s such as; increases in specific crime rates like increasing knife crime, declining religious attendance and the problems of the current education system from the key theorists point of views. These include classical and contemporaries including; Marxism, Feminism, Functionalism, and so on.

 

The assessment in Sociology focuses a lot on essay writing and breaking down conceptual issues. With only a few shorter answer questions (4 and 6 marks) but the majority of questions being set at 10, 20 and 30 marks to assess the application of knowledge. Exploring research with the intention to demonstrate this academic subject can be classed as a science; whilst also applying understanding from unseen items. Therefore acting to develop key skills that will also be useful for studying at University.

 

Across the 2 years in Sociology you will cover the following:

  • Year 12:

Education Unit with Research Methods Unit

Family and Households unit

  • Year 13:

Crime and Deviance Unit with Theory and Methods Unit

Beliefs in Society Unit

 

Three exam papers are sat at the end of the two year course and each of the three papers has equal weighting which culminates in to one final A Level grade.

 

For more information check out this link:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/sociology/as-and-a-level/sociology-7191-7192