Studying Sociology helps students develop a clear understanding of our society, including a wide range of different views about a wide range of important social issues.
The Sociology department has a team of subject-specialists with expertise covering all areas of the subject, from the study of crime patterns to the role of the media. Teaching is topical, in-depth and relevant, with a strong focus on preparing for examination success. Staff ensure the right balance between teaching research skills, theoretical views and real world examples. The department aims to develop in young people a strong sociological imagination so they can analyse, evaluate and interpret social patterns and suggest solutions to social problems.
At Key Stage 4 we teach the AQA GCSE specification, which is 100% examination-based, and there are two examinations. They include a range of question styles from short 1-mark questions up to 12-mark extended writing tasks.
At Key Stage 5, A-Level Sociology is offered via the AQA specification. The course is fully exam-based with three papers at the end of Year 13. A Level Sociology is valued highly by employers and universities as it develops excellent analysis and evaluation skills, as well as including social research methods and their practical application to education and crime.
How can you support your child?
- Encourage your child to watch TV programmes about social issues e.g. crime, poverty, benefits, government policies etc.
- Encourage your child to have an opinion on social issues that they can back up with reasons, while also respecting other people's views.
Studying Psychology helps students to become well-informed about the human brain and human behaviour, through which they can better understand themselves and other people as well.
The Psychology department has a team of highly qualified subject experts with in-depth knowledge and a real enthusiasm for the subject. Teaching is rigorous and stimulating, with a strong emphasis on developing the necessary skills for examination success. Staff ensure that theory is illustrated with real world examples. The department aims to develop in young people a scientific approach to the study of the human mind, with a critical awareness of the need to evaluate the research undertaken by psychologists in this new and rapidly developing subject.
At Key Stage 4 we teach the AQA GCSE specification, which is 100% examination-based, and features an emphasis on investigation and report-writing skills. It includes topics which cover the core psychological areas of social, cognitive, developmental, biological and individual differences.
At Key Stage 5, A-Level Psychology is offered via the AQA specification. The course is fully exam-based with three papers at the end of Year 13. It covers a range of debates and issues in depth, such as aggression and schizophrenia. A Level Psychology is highly respected because of its scientific nature and its emphasis on developing analysis, evaluation and essay-writing skills to a high level.
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