Social Sciences

Overview

Edgbarrow offers a variety of social sciences as A Level courses.  These include Criminology, Sociology, Psychology and Health and Social Care. These courses provide an opportunity to explore a range of subjects that will challenge your way of thinking about the world and your place within it. The subjects we offer will help you be more informed and expand your quest for knowledge. 


Key Staff

Mrs Hume - Head of Department
Ms King - Teacher of Social Sciences and Head of Vocational Education
Miss Butler - Teacher of Social Sciences
Mr Croxon - Teacher of Social Sciences
Mrs Philip - Teacher of Psychology and SEN
Miss Duncan - Teacher of Social Sciences
Miss Imogen Thompson - Teacher of Social Sciences


Curriculum Intent

Our students have the opportunity to understand the enormous range of human behaviour and its impact (good and bad). We teach Psychology to help learners develop insight into their behaviour as well as that of others.

Psychology

Psychology is the study of the mind and behaviour and, as such, is concerned with why we think, feel and act as we do. Most students find this intrinsically interesting and are keen to find explanations for the actions both of others and themselves. Psychology uses the research methods of the sciences to investigate the human mind and to find out about and make sense of human behaviour. It seeks answers to such questions as: why do people behave the way they do? Why do people develop phobias? Will children imitate aggressive behaviour? Why do people obey?

GCSE: OCR

Psychology uses the methods of the sciences to make sense of human behaviour. Studying Psychology will enable learners to investigate topics such as aggression, abnormality and dreams; psychology seeks answers to questions such as: how do childhood experiences influence us? Are the brains of killers different?

Unit One: Studies and Applications in Psychology:
Written examination 50% - 1 hour 15 minutes
This unit examines psychological research from the 5 main approaches in psychology and aims to answer questions such as:

  • How does our biology influence our gendered behaviour? Study of castrated twin boy raised as a girl
  • How does our memory work? Study of the memory of TV adverts

Unit Two: Studies and Applications in Psychology 2:
Written examination 50% - 1 hour 15 minutes
As with unit one different area of psychology are applied to questions such as:

  • Why do people commit a crime? Study of criminal genes
  • How does perception operate? Study of depth perception

Assessment for the GCSE is in the form of two final exams taken at the end of Year 11 of the course. Pupils starting the GCSE course from Sept 2017 will be graded 1-9.

GCSE Psychology can lead on to the study of any Social Science subjects in the Sixth Form - A Level Psychology, A Level Sociology, BTEC Health Care Studies and Diploma in Criminology. It is also an incredibly versatile subject and is beneficial for any career where you need to work with and influence people. Particularly good examples would be; advertising, marketing, human resources and management.

Year 10 Assessment

Year 11 Assessment

 
A-Level: OCR

The first year of the course examines the approaches in psychology and some classical Psychology experiments as well as contemporary research. The second year of the course builds on this and examines the contribution psychology has made to understanding a range of issues including issues such as crime, our relationship to the environment and mental health issues.

What will lessons be like? You will be involved in many different activities such as being asked to give your thoughts on the issues through discussions. In addition, to reading and note taking there will be opportunities to watch documentaries, work in groups and research different aspects of a topic that interests you.

The course will give you a greater understanding of human behaviour and a wide range of transferable skills including data collection, analysis and written and oral communication. Therefore, these skills and knowledge of Psychology are relevant to any career involving contact with other people and particularly relevant to such careers in teaching, medicine, personnel management and social work, as well as, customer relations, the police, journalism, advertising, and the law. An A Level in Psychology can help you to get into work but is also recognised as a sound preparation for University.

Assessment of the A-Level is in the form of three 2hour final exams taken at the end of the second year of the course:

Component 1: Research methods (01)
90 marks
Written paper 2 hours

Component 2: Psychological themes through core studies (02)
105 marks
Written paper 2 hours

Component 3: Applied psychology (03)

  • Issues in Mental Health
  • Crime
  • Environment

105 marks
Written paper 2 hours

Year 12 Assessment

Year 13 Assessment

 


Curriculum Intent

We teach Sociology to question the society we live in, from the impact the media to the social structures which determine how we live our lives.

Sociology

GCSE: Eduqas WJEC

Sociology aims to inspire learners understanding and critical awareness of the social world around them. The specification focuses on the importance of social structure in explaining social issues.

Learners will be encouraged to explore and debate contemporary social issues to enable them to challenge taken-for-granted assumptions and to question their everyday understanding of social phenomena. By following this course, learners will develop their own sociological awareness through active engagement with the contemporary social world.

Sociology will develop learners' ability to think sociologically in relation to their experience of the social world around them so that they are able to play a positive, active and informed role in society.

Component 1: Understanding Social Processes

Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes 50% of qualification
100 marks

This component focuses on the themes of socialisation, identity and culture. Learners study the key concepts and processes of cultural transmission, including socialisation and the acquisition of identity, and develop these through detailed study of families and education.

Component 2: Understanding Social Structures
Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes 50% of qualification
100 marks

The focus in this component is on social differentiation, power and stratification. This includes the theme of power, issues of social order and social control, studied through crime and deviance. Learners also study applied methods of sociological enquiry.

Year 10 Assessment

Year 11 Assessment


A-Level: OCR

Sociology asks lots of questions about the relationships between groups of people within society and explores issues of identity, inequality and power. This subject will allow you to see your social world in a different way and question the taken for granted assumptions about the way society lives. You will improve your skills in research, analysis and critical reasoning. Sociology primarily is the study of society and looks at how everyday experiences shape our lives. In particular, we will study patterns of behaviour within social groups and the impact of class, gender, ethnicity and age on social relationships.

The focus of the course will be the UK, but references will be made to other cultures as well. The first year of the course includes Socialisation and Culture and Identity, asking questions such as: How are cultures formed? How do we learn our identities from the environment around us? The second year builds on this and considers researching social inequalities and debates in society through topics such as education and global digital media.

What will lessons be like? You will be involved in many different activities such as being asked to give your thoughts on the issues through debates and discussions. In addition, to reading and note taking there will be opportunities to watch documentaries and answer questions on topical issues and examine studies performed by social researchers to draw out strengths and weaknesses in their approach.

Assessment for A-Level is in the form of three 2 hour final exams taken at the end of the second year of the course:

Component 1: Socialisation, culture and identity
90 Marks
1 hour 30 minutes written paper
Option: Media
30% of total A-Level

Component 2: Researching and understanding social inequalities
105 Marks
2 hours 15 minutes written paper
35% of total A-Level

Component 3: Debates in contemporary society
105 Marks
2 hours 15 minutes written paper
Option: Education
35% of total A-Level

After the course, many of our Sociology students go on to take degrees in Sociology or a related field such as Anthropology, Criminology or Education. It is a valuable subject for all types of work which involve an understanding of people and social relationships or the use of problem-solving and analytical skills. Common career pathways taken by Sociology graduates include journalism, law, PR, marketing, social research, politics, charity (NGO), development work, teaching, social work and nursing.

Year 12 Assessment

Year 13 Assessment

 


Law: Eduqas WJEC

A-Level Law provides an introduction to law, it allows students to learn about a fascinating subject, one which covers many aspects of life. Students will learn about the legal system, law-making, the nature of law, criminal law, the law of tort and human rights law or the law of contract. Law students develop a range of skills including the application of legal rules and principles to present an argument, analysis and evaluation of the law, legal issues and concepts.

Assessment for A-Level is in the form of three exams taken at the end of the second year of the course:

Component 1: The Nature of Law and the English Legal System
Written examination
1 hour 30 minutes
25% of qualification
This focuses on civil and criminal courts, the legal professions, and access to justice.

Component 2: Substantive Law in Practice
Written examination
2 hour 15 minutes
37.5% of qualification
This focuses on the rules of tort, liability in negligence, occupiers’ liability and civil remedies.

Component 3: Perspectives of Substantive Law
Written examination
2 hour 15 minutes
37.5% of qualification
This focuses on Human Rights Law, the protection of human rights and freedoms and how this interacts with morality, justice, society and technology.

The A-Level gives an excellent introduction for students who want to read law at university or start a legal apprenticeship. Universities recognise the advantages of A-Level Law and the old view that it should not be studied has long since faded away. However, A-Level Law is not just for students who want to enter the legal professions. It is a well-respected subject and the subject also provides students with highly transferable skills. Other popular career options after A-Level Law include the police, teaching, social work, business and accounting.

Year 12 Assessment 

 


Criminology Level 3: WJEC

Criminology is the scientific study of the nature causes, control and consequences of criminal behaviour. It examines why crime is committed focusing on biological, psychological, and sociological explanations, as well as how the criminal justice system works and how crime leads to social policy change. Criminology will enable learners to demonstrate understanding of different types of crime, influences on perceptions of crime and why some crimes are unreported and allow learners to gain an understanding of why people commit crime.

The course is split into 4 units across year 12 (unit 1 and unit 2) and year 13 (unit 3 and unit 4). The assessment for this course is 50% controlled assessment and 50% external exam and the diploma is equivalent to one A-Level.

Qualification structure:

Unit Number Unit Title How is it assessed?
Unit 1 Changing Awareness of Crime Internal
Unit 2 Criminological Theories External
90 minutes
Total of 75 marksUnit
Unit 3 Crime Scene to Courtroom Internal
90 minutes
Total of 75 marks
Unit 4 Crime & Punishment External


The focus of learning is on building informed, balanced and clear arguments through academic research and investigation of contemporary issues in crime and criminal justice. The course covers areas of sociology, psychology and law and therefore requires some extended writing in both coursework and exams.

Many students will continue to study Criminology or related courses at University. Employment possibilities in criminal justice include law enforcement, probation, parole as well as community support services. Opportunities also exist in research, policy analysis, journalism and information science.

Year 12 Assessment 

Year 13 Assessment

 


Curriculum Intent

Students of Health and Social Care understand professional practice as well as the importance of empathy and compassion for everyone who accesses health services (which is all of us at some point in our lifetime).

Health and Social Care BTEC

Tech Award Level 1 and Level 2


The Tech Award gives learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment. The internal assessment focus on the development of core knowledge and understanding of human growth and development, how people deal with major life events and health and social care services. It encourages development and application of skills such as practical demonstration of care values, together with the ability to reflect on own performance.

There is one external assessment, Component 3, it provides the main synoptic assessment for the qualification. Component 3 builds directly on Components 1 and 2, and enables learning to be brought together and related to a real-life situation.

Qualification structure:

Component
Number
Component Title How is it assessed?
1 Human Lifespan Development Coursework
2 Health and Social Care Services and Values Coursework
3 Health and Wellbeing External assessment
February Year 11


Study of the qualification as part of Key Stage 4 learning will help learners to make more informed choices for further learning, either generally or in this sector. The choices that learners can make post-16 will depend on their overall level of attainment and their performance in the qualification.

BTEC Level 3


What is Health and Social Care? As a subject discipline, Health and Social Care (H&SC) combines elements of Public Health, Sociology, Biology, Nutrition, Law and Ethics.

The topics covered in the courses are wide-ranging and interesting including Safeguarding, Research Methods, Communication in Care and Education and Human Lifespan and Development. Within your lessons, you will take part in discussions, role plays, presentations and independent research. You will also be required to supply a range of written evidence to demonstrate that you have met the necessary criteria. These will include reports, presentations and extended writing. Your teacher will guide you through this process to ensure you get the right support to reach your potential target grade.

Year 10 Assessment 

Year 11 Assessment


BTEC Extended Certificate

This qualification is equivalent to one A-level and has four units that have a combination of coursework and external assessments. Qualification structure:
Unit Number Unit Title How it is assessed? What year?
Unit 1 Human Lifespan Development External assessment Year 12
Unit 2 Working in Health and Social Care External assessment Year 13
Unit 5 Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs Internal assessment Year 12
Unit 12 Supporting Individuals with Aditional Needs Internal assessment Year 13

Year 12 Assessment 

Year 13 Assessment 


BTEC Diploma

This qualification is equivalent to two A-level and has eight units that have a combination of coursework and external assessments. Qualification structure:

Unit Number Unit Title How it is assessed? What Year?
Unit 1 Human Lifespan Development External assessment Year 12
Unit 2 Working in Health and Social Care External assessment Year 12
Unit 4 Enquires into Current Research in Health and Social Care External assessment Year 13
Unit 5 Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs Internal assessment Year 12
Unit 7 Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care Internal assessment Year 13
Unit 8 Promoting Public Health Internal assessment Year 13
Unit 12 Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs Internal assessment Year 12
Unit 19 Nutritional Health Internal assessment Year 13


Health and Social care learners benefit from opportunities for deep learning where they are able to make connections among units and select areas of interest for detailed study. BTEC Nationals provide a vocational context in which learners can develop the knowledge and skills required for particular degree courses, including:

  • Reading technical texts
  • Effective writing
  • Analytical skills
  • Preparation for assessment methods used in degrees

Health and social care can lead to both employments in the health and social care sector or higher education on a course such as Occupational Therapy, Sociology, Social Science, Mental Health Nursing, Paediatric Nursing and Early Years Teaching with PGCE.

Year 12 Assessment

Year 13 Assessment



For further information regarding our Social Sciences Curriculum please contact:
Mrs Hume   rachel.hume@edgbarrowschool.co.uk