Social Sciences

Social Sciences

The social sciences department is made up of psychology, criminology, sociology, child development and health and social care. Social science qualifications provide an excellent foundation for a wide variety of careers and allow our students to gain fascinating insights into and make sense of what’s happening in our ever-changing world.

The team are made up of 7 teaching staff with a wide range of specialisms who work hard to engage with all of our students and provide an environment where achieving excellence is celebrated.

Social Sciences

A Level Psychology

Specification – AQA

Topics covered –

Paper 1: Social Influence, Memory, Attachment, Psychopathology
Paper 2:  Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology, Research Methods
Paper 3: Issues and Debates, Cognition and Development (optional unit), Schizophrenia (optional unit), Forensic Psychology (optional unit)

Skills developed – Analytical skills, critical thinking/evaluation of studies and theories, methodological skills,

Homework – Independent learning tasks – consolidation of understanding of content covered in lessons, application tasks, examination style questions, flipped learning

BTEC Level 3 Applied Psychology

Specification – Pearson BTEC Extended Certificate

Topics covered – Year 1: Approaches and Applications in Psychology (exam)

Conducting Psychological Research (coursework)

Year 2: Health Psychology (exam)
Forensic Psychology (coursework)

Skills developed – Conducting and evaluating research and presentation skills, analytical thought and evaluation of key theories and studies,  Mathematical and ICT skills

Homework – Independent learning tasks – consolidation of understanding of content covered in lessons, application tasks, examination style questions, flipped learning

Level 3 CACHE - Childcare and Education (EYE)

Specification– NCFE CACHE

Topics covered– Child development, Child health, Observation and Assessment, Safeguarding, Play, Emergent Mathematics and Literacy, International perspectives, work experience unit and evidence based portfolio

Skills developed– practical experience on work placement, partnership working and professional development, reflective practice for planning, leading and evaluating participation in activities

Homework– Independent learning tasks – consolidation of understanding of content covered in lessons, coursework, work placement diary, preparation for observations and completion of portfolio of evidence and reflection of professional practice

Level 3 Diploma Criminology

Specification – WJEC

Topics covered :

Y12: Unit 1: Campaigns for change (Controlled Assessment), Unit 2: Criminological Theories (Exam)

Y13: Unit 3: Crime scene to court room (Controlled Assessment) Unit 4: Crime and Punishment (Exam)

Skills developed – Analytical skills, critical thinking/evaluation of studies and theories, methodological skills, ICT and presentation skills for designing and developing a campaign

Homework – Independent learning tasks – consolidation of understanding of content covered in lessons, application tasks, examination style questions, flipped learning

A Level Sociology

Specification – AQA

Topics covered:

Y12: Families and Households, Education with Research Methods, Research Methods

Y13: Crime and Deviance, Beliefs in Society, Theory and Methods

Skills developed – Analytical skills, critical thinking/evaluation of studies and theories, methodological skills.

Homework – Independent learning tasks – consolidation of understanding of content covered in lessons, application tasks, examination style questions, flipped learning, extended reading tasks

Level 2 CACHE - Child Development

Skills developed– Knowledge based with practical applications to real life examples and case studies

 

Topics covered:

Unit 1:  An introduction to working with children aged 0-5 years

  • awareness of learning styles
  • introduction in to working with children in a variety of settings
  • roles and responsibilities when working in a setting
  • equality and diversity within a childcare setting
  • the stages and sequence of child development
  • observing children and how it supports development
  • the influences that affect holistic development
  • everyday care routines and the types of activities that can support the development of independence an introduction to supporting children through transition

 

Unit 2: Development and well-being 0-5 years

  • holistic development from birth to 5 years
  • the factors that contribute to development
  • the care needs of individual children
  • the importance of supporting the health and well-being of the child
  • how to encourage and maintain good hygiene and hygiene routines
  • how to safeguard children to keep them safe and healthy
  • the importance of routines for everyday care in supporting children’s development
  • recognising the importance of a secure base for children’s development
  • the transitions experienced by children, and the possible effects on children
  • how to support children through transitions to provide consistency and reassurance including the role of the key person in the early years

Skills developed– Knowledge based with practical applications to real life examples and case studies, analytical and thinking skills
Homework– Independent learning tasks – consolidation of understanding of content covered in lessons, coursework, work placement diary

Level 2 CACHE - Health and Social Care Topics covered:

Unit 1: Introduction to the health and social care sector 

  • types of provision: function and purpose
  • job roles of health and social care practitioners
  • access/referral procedures
  • formal and informal care provision
  • regulation and inspection.

Unit 2: Professional practice and the health and social care practitioner 

  • responsibilities, skills, behaviours and attributes of health and social care practitioners
  • professional practice / professional development
  • legal frameworks, values and guidance
  • components of person-centred practice
  • teamwork and partnership working
  • career pathways.

 

Unit 3:  Human growth and development through the life stages

  • stages of development from conception to birth
  • life stages and • holistic development
  • theoretical perspectives
  • factors impacting on human growth and development
  • transition and significant life events across life stages
  • the role of care planning in relation to meeting individual needs and promoting well-being.

 

Skills developed– Knowledge based with practical applications to real life examples and case studies, analytical and thinking skills

Homework– Independent learning and research tasks, consolidation of understanding of content covered in lessons, coursework, exam revision

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