Social Sciences

Social science involves the scientific study and understanding of human society and social relationships across the spectrum of human life.  Social scientists are interested in understanding the ways in which both internal and external processes influence and shapes our lives and development.

Psychology is concerned with the study of the individual, our thoughts, feelings and behaviours, whereas sociology investigates how the society we live in shapes who we are.

We teach students social science because it encourages self-awareness and reflection about their experiences in society.  We feel it is important for students to practice seeing the world through the eyes of others, exploring new concepts and ideas, to ignite their curiosity and both broaden and deepen their knowledge and understanding of why we are the way we are, both as individuals and as a society.

We value an education in social science to encourage critical thinking skills through debate and discussion, to challenge aspects of everyday life that had previously been taken for granted.  We seek to develop students’ appreciation of the importance of research based enquiry, to inform opinions and theories, through practical tasks, statistical analysis and wider reading.

Studying the social sciences will encourage a deeper understanding of social life, groups and societies to become a more socially aware member of society.  This will be achieved by developing students’ fluency in the ability to express themselves in the language of social sciences.

As passionate social scientists, our aim is to instill an appetite for study that extends beyond the classroom and will be applicable to life experiences and future careers.  As social beings, interaction is a fundamental part of our existence and exploring and understanding the complexity of the biological and environmental influences on behaviour is a vital awareness we would like students to take forward into adult life

Key Stage 4 Sociology

Sociology is the study of people, society and ‘human laws’. Societies are interconnected complex systems such as the family, police, government, the education sector and media.

Have you ever questioned ‘is there one typical family type?’ or ‘does your gender determine how much you get paid in a job?’ Sociology enables students to challenge taken-for-granted assumptions and to question their everyday understanding of situations.

GCSE Sociology develops skills such as debating current sociological issues, using theories to make judgements and draw connections from sources. The skills developed in Sociology are highly transferable and students can be confident that they will be able to go forward into the next phase of their lives with the tools to critically evaluate the world around them. Sociology will prepare you for a wide range of careers from teaching, politics, social work, marketing, researchers and nursing to law and journalism, to name just a few.

In Component 1: Understanding Social Processes, learners will consider how human beings acquire their identity and examine the process of passing on culture from generation to generation and in diverse settings.

In Component 2: Understanding Social Structures, learners will develop an understanding of the nature of inequality and will study the ideas of the classical sociologists, and a more detailed study of crime and deviance.

Hours taught per week – 3

Sociology Curriculum Journey

Psychology Curriculum Journey

Exam Board – Eduqas



Exam (1.75 hours) Understanding Social Processes 50% of qualification
Exam (1.75 hours) Understanding Social Structures 50% of qualification

Key Stage 5 Psychology A Level

This new course offers an engaging and effective introduction to Psy-chology which will appeal to a cross – section of students regardless of whether they have studied Psychology before.

Psychology is an exciting investigation of how the human mind works and what motivates behaviour. The aim of Psychologists is to further our understanding of; the way in which people think and the reasons behind particular types of thoughts both normal and abnormal.

The course has compulsory core units such as Memory, Biological and Social Psychology.

Exam Board – AQA



Exam (1.5 hours) Introductory Topics in Psychology 50% of qualification
Exam (1.5 hours) Psychology in Context 50% of qualification

Key Stage 5 Sociology A Level

  • The study of society, in particular the western developed world.
  • Explore the meaning of culture and identity to different groups in society.
  • The study of structures and institutions in society such as education, government, media, religion, health care, the family, the workplace etc.
  • Examines inequality, focusing on class, gender, ethnicity, age, sexuality and disability.
  • Uses theoretical perspectives to analyse different social phenomena and social processes.
  • Carries out research using a range of methods; interviews, questionnaires/surveys, experiments, ob-servations, case studies, content analysis.

Exam Board – Eduqas



Exam (2 hours) Education with Theory and Methods 33.3% of qualification
Exam (2 hours) Topics in Sociology 33.3% of qualification
Exam (2 hours) Crime with Theory and Methods 33.3% of qualification