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Welcome to the Social Sciences Department

We cover Psychology, Health and Social Care and Sociology. Please feel free to browse the information contained in these web pages.

Staff:

  • Rachelle Sanderson
  • Chris Mowat

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Health and Social Care - KS4 & KS5

Course title: BTEC First Award in Health and Social Care (Key Stage 4)

Course Overview: In Year 1, students study two topics, both of which are assessed by a written coursework assignment. They will cover ´Nutrition for Health and Social Care´ during which students will investigate the effects of balanced and unbalanced diets. They will learn about illnesses and conditions that result from eating an unbalanced diet and be able to advise others about how to improve their diet.

They will also cover a unit on

´Promoting Health and Well-Being´ when theywill learn about the purpose of health promotion and how it benefits the individual and the nation. They will investigate a variety of different types of health campaign and the then create their own health promotion materials.

In Year 2, students study for their examination and a further coursework unit. For the examination, the topic is

´Human Lifespan Development´. In this unit, students will investigate factors that affect human growth and development from childhood to old age such as life-style, relationships and life-events. They will also cover an additional coursework unit -

´Health and Social Care Values´ Students will explore how workers within health & social care services treat their clients fairly in order to understand ways of helping to support individuals that use such services.

Key Areas Of Study:

  • Nutrition for Health and Social Care
  • Promoting Health and Well-Being
  • Human Lifespan
  • Development Health and Social Care Values

Assessment: One written examination in January Year 2 Three written coursework assignments

Exam Board: Edexcel

Course Length: 2 years

Progression to: Contrary to what many people think, Health and Social Care is not just for girls who want to be nurses. The course allows students to build skills as well as technical knowledge. It gives a broad base of understanding in a wide range of areas of Health and Social Care which have been specifically selected to appeal to students who want to go into a wide range of occupations, from managerial jobs to practical social care like social work and probation work. The broad areas of study offer a great opportunity to explore different areas before deciding on any particular career path.

Extra-Curricular Activities:

  • Visiting speakers
  • Health promotion Activity
  • Coursework catch-up workshops

Trips

  • Thackray Medical Museum

Course title: BTEC National Subsidiary Diploma in Health and Social Care (Key Stage 5)

Course Overview:

This course is a BTEC course which is the equivalent to one A Level and provides

specialist work-related knowledge and skills within the Health and Social Care sectors. Contrary to what many people think, Health and Social Care is not just for girls who want to be nurses. The course allows students to build skills as well as technical knowledge. It gives a broad base of understanding in a wide range of areas of Health and Social Care which have been specifically selected to appeal to students who want to go into a wide range of occupations, from managerial jobs to practical social care like social work and probation work. The broad areas of study offer a great opportunity to explore different areas before deciding on any particular career path.

Key Areas Of Study:

  • Development through the Life Stages.
  • Developing Effective Communication in Health and Social Care Health
  • Safety and Security in Health and Social Care
  • Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care
  • Caring for Children and Young People Health Education

Assessment: Six written coursework assignments

Exam Board: Edexcel

Course Length: 2 years

Progression to: Students have progressed from this course to university to study courses including midwifery, nursing, mental health nursing and paramedic training. Other students have progressed onto childcare and NHS health assistant apprenticeships and care work within the residential care sector.

Extra-Curricular Activities:

  • Visiting speakers
  • Health promotion Activity
  • Coursework catch-up workshops

Trips: Visits to care providers like local residential homes and Henshaws


Psychology - KS4 & KS5

Course title: GCSE Psychology (Key Stage 4)

Course Overview: GCSE Psychology is currently offered to Year 11 students. Psychology is the scientific study of human behaviour and mental processes. Psychologists are concerned with how our experience and understanding of the world influences our behaviour.

Key Areas Of Study:

  • Unit 1: Perception and Dreams

Topics within this unit include perception and illusions, exploring the factors that affect how we see and remember things and also addresses the issue of whether are dreams are random or meaningful

  • Unit 2: Social and Biological Debates

This includes studying the causes of aggression, phobias and crime including psychological and social causes

Throughout the course, students will study a range of research methods used by psychologists to study human behaviour, e.g. using interviews to collect data from convicted criminals and using animals within psychological research. By the end of the course, students will have a sound understanding of the pros and cons of each of these methods.

Assessments: Two end of course examinations

Exam Board: Edexcel

Course Length: 1 year

Progression to: Students who study this course often progress onto A-Level Psychology in Sixth Form transferring skills learnt within the GCSE to a higher level of study.

Extra-Curricular Activities: After-school intervention and revision sessions


Course title: A Level Psychology (Key Stage 5)

Course Overview: Psychology is the scientific study of human behaviour and mental processes. Psychologists are concerned with how experience and understanding of the world influences behaviour.Throughout the course students will complete several practical investigations including experiments, surveys and observations and will cover a unit on research methods and statistics.

In Year 1, students will study the main methods that psychologists use to investigate human behaviour and the theories that help psychologists to explain behaviour. They will also study 10 of the most interesting and influential psychological investigations ever carried out. By doing this they will find answers to many interesting questions, including whether the average person is willing to give a lethal electric shock to a complete stranger, how our environment affects our memory and why children become aggressive.

In year 2, students will study 10 additional core studies. They will also cover an additional unit in Applied Psychology, which includes three popular areas of psychology; criminal psychology, clinical psychology and environmental psychology.

Criminal psychology focuses on the ways psychologist help police to understand, apprehend and rehabilitate criminals. Clinical psychology focuses on how psychologists can diagnose, explain and treat psychological illnesses. Environmental psychology focuses on how the physical environment affects people´s behaviour.

Key Areas Of Study:

  • Core Studies
  • Research Methods and Statistics
  • Criminal Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Environmental Psychology

Assessment: Three end of course examinations

Exam Board: OCR

Course Length: 2 years

Progression to: A-Level Psychology is useful for gaining acceptance onto many higher education courses. Careers specific to psychology include: clinical psychology, teaching and educational psychology, health psychology, sports psychology, forensic psychology, mental health nursing and social work. Psychology also has application to many other careers including management, advertising, personnel and careers in the legal system.

Extra-Curricular Activities:

  • Visiting Speakers
  • Psychology Conferences
  • After-school intervention and revision sessions

Trips: Leeds Crown Court


Sociology

Sociology is offered at Post 16 and students have the option of taking the AS Course over one year or the A2 Course over rwo years.  The usual entry requirement is line with the standard school requirements for A Level Study.  At least a ´C´ Grade in English Language will be needed to begin the course.

What is Sociology?

Sociology is the study of our society, including how it works and how social problems occur.

Sociologiss would therefore be interested in investigating the following questions?

  • What is the role of education?
  • How has the ´British Family´ changed over the years?
  • What is the purpose of social policies?
  • Why does the crime rate go up and down?
  • Who controls the mass media - owners or customers?

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