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Social Sciences

"My students often ask me ‘What is sociology?’ and I tell them, ‘It’s the study of the way in which human beings are shaped by things that they don’t see" - Sam Richards

 

Student View

"Sociology gives you different views on many things in society that you would normally ignore." - Year 13 Student

"Sociology is a very challenging subject but it is thought provoking and useful for future careers and life in general." - Year 12 Student

 

Introduction

The Social Science Department consists of Law, Psychology, Sociology and the Extended Project Qualification. The subjects offered are only for KS5 6th form students with the exception of Psychology which is offered from Year 9 onwards as a GCSE.

 

Exam Success in the Social Science Department

Psychology KS4 & KS5

GCSE – 53% A and B grades compared to 44% nationally

A Level – 25% A* and A Grades compared to 18% nationally

 

Law KS4 & KS5

GCSE – Award for the Best Year 11 Performing Cohort in the country in 2015 from The Good Schools Guide

GCSE – 9% above the national average for A* to C grades

Currently 5 ex North students are studying for Law Degrees at University from the past 2 years

 

Sociology KS5

AS Level – 69% A to C grades compared with 53% nationally

 

Overview

Psychology offers you the opportunity to learn about the science behind the way we think and behave. Students will learn how research is conducted and used to develop theories and laws about human behaviour. This will be achieved by exploring the different approaches to psychology; social, developmental, cognitive, biological and psychodynamic. Topics covered at GCSE include obedience, attachment, phobias and criminal behaviour. Topics covered at A Level include relationships, aggression and memory.

 

Law develops the knowledge and understanding of the English legal system, building an awareness of the rights and responsibilities of individuals.  It helps students develop their analytical and critical thinking skills, requiring them to apply their knowledge of legal rules and methods to different case scenarios. Topics covered at GCSE include fatal and non-fatal offences, theft, robbery and burglary and family law (marriage, divorce and inheritance).   Topics covered at A Level include parliamentary law making, the concept of liability and criminal offences against people and property.

 

Sociology is the systematic study of society, its aim is to question the status quo and uncover meaning in our everyday lives. The most exciting aspects of sociology are the questions it seeks to answer. Do you wonder what fuels our apparent fixation with celebrities? Is it just gossip in the modern form? Is it that it provides endless, easily obtained content for TV channels, newspapers and magazines? Could it be both? Or even something much more profound about the class system of modern Britain? Why is the number of years you can expect to live still associated with your occupation? What about the way that your gender, religion and ethnic background affect your achievement in education?

 

The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is an independent research project that allows students to move beyond the restrictions of A Level specifications and select a topic that is of particular interest to them. They will then be required to conduct their own research into their chosen area and produce either a 5000-word essay or artefact.

 

General Studies is a subject which encompasses all aspects of the world around us. It deals with politics, ethics, literature, language, culture, science, technology and mathematics. General studies is a course offered during out of hours’ sessions to sixth form students who have expressed an interest in the course and have an aptitude for current affairs and debating contentious issues.

 

Contact – Marples.N@north.kent.sch.uk

 

Examination

Law, Psychology and Sociology are academically challenging subjects.  Each course is 100% externally examined, requiring students to learn an extensive amount of information and apply this under the pressure and time constraints of a number of exams.

OCR GCSE Psychology is assessed via three exams at the end of Year 11.

AQA AS Psychology is assessed via two exams at the end of Year 12

AQA A Level Psychology is assessed via three exams at the end of Year 13.

AQA AS Law is assessed via two exams at the end of Year 12

AQA A Level law is assessed via four exams, two at the end of Year 12 and two at the end of Year 13

AQA AS Sociology is assessed via two exams at the end of Year 12

AQA A Level Sociology is assessed via three exams at the end of Year 13

AQA AS General Studies is assessed via two exams at the end of year 12.                                                                               

AQA A2 General Studies is assessed via two exams at the end of year 13

The AQA Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is assessed in three ways;

 

1.    A student production log and assessment record (evidence of all stages of the project planning and development).

 

2.    The project itself (5,000-word essay or artefact with a 1500 word supporting report).

 

3.    A formal presentation to an audience.

 

Psychology KS4 & KS5

GCSE – 53% A and B grades compared to 44% nationally

A Level – 25% A* and A Grades compared to 18% nationally

 

Law KS4 & KS5

GCSE – Award for the Best Year 11 Performing Cohort in the country in 2015 from The Good Schools Guide

GCSE – 9% above the national average for A* to C grades

Currently 5 ex North students are studying for Law Degrees at University from the past 2 years

 

Sociology KS5

AS Level – 69% A to C grades compared with 53% nationally

 

Extended Project Qualification KS5

68% A* to B grades compared with 64% nationally

 

Extra-curricular/OSL opportunities

Sociology Club - Friday 3.05 pm- 4 pm in AG4 which offers an opportunity for students to;

•    catch up on any work they may have missed.

•    receive additional support in topics they have found particularly challenging.

•    practise their exam technique.