Social sciences look at how the human world works; how we think, how we function as a society, and how we keep ourselves and others healthy. We help students to craft an understanding around how people behave, how different societies and cultures function and how our actions and beliefs shape the world around us.


Exam board: OCR

Qualification: Level 2 Cambridge Nationals Certificate J811

Contact: Miss Ingram |

Why study health and social care?

Health and social care is all about how we develop, what makes us who we are and how other factors can influence our development. It also focuses on how people who work in health and social care are responsible for their clients, what values they have to follow and how to communicate effectively. If you would like to go into the health and social care services, become a midwife, doctor, teacher or nursery nurse, then health and social care is the subject for you!

What will I study?

Essential values of care for use with individuals in care settings:

  • what the care values are
  • how they are applied
  • dangers of them not being applied correctly

Communicating and working with individuals:

  • types of communication
  • barriers to effective communication
  • skills needed for effective communication

Understanding life stages:

  • main life processes from birth until death
  • factors/events that affect development

Using basic first aid procedures:

  • Understand how to assess a scene of an accident
  • Understand what to do in a range of situations
  • Understand how to communicate with Emergency Services

How will I be assessed?

  • Three controlled assessments
  • One examination

Exam board: AQA

Qualification: 8182

Contact: Mrs Ingram |

Why study psychology?

Psychology is the study of the brain and behaviour where you will learn about why humans behave the way they do. There are many different topics studied in psychology, leading to a range of different career paths. Such topics include: the brain, development, memory and criminal behaviour.

Have you ever wondered what makes you tick? How your brain works? Maybe you’re interested in understanding other people better. Whatever your interest in other people’s or your own behaviour is, you will find some interesting answers in psychology, as well as opportunities to develop more questions that you want answered!

The GCSE course covers a wide range of approaches to human behaviour in psychology, looking at whether we are born with behaviours or we learn them. You will also discover whether your biology, your thoughts or your environment have the biggest influence on your behaviour. For each topic you will also investigate two pieces of research and will assess how useful these are in today’s society.

Psychology is a fascinating subject that will open your mind up to many new things. It is an ideal subject for students who have an inquisitive mind and don’t take everything presented to them at face value. Psychology does require students to work hard and have a good work ethic as there are many things to learn that will be completely new to you. But if you’ve got a keen interest in all things psychology, and a positive attitude to your studies, then sign up for the course – you’ll love it!

What will I study?

  • Memory
  • Research methods
  • Development
  • Perception
  • Social influence
  • Language, thought and communication
  • Brain and neuropsychology
  • Psychological problems
  • Memory
  • Sleep and dreaming
  • Development
  • Psychological problems

How will I be assessed?

  • Exam paper 1 – cognition and behaviour (1 hour 45 minutes)
  • Exam paper 2 – social context and behaviour (1 hour 45 minutes)

Exam board: Eduquas

Qualification: C200QS

Contact: Miss Cluley |

Why study sociology?

Sociology is the study of different dimensions of society, and the ways that these impact us as members of our society.

The term ‘society’ refers to the world around you, your community, your country, and all the different people and groups that exist, with their different cultures, beliefs, values, languages, religions; all of which make an impact on us directly or indirectly.

Sociology gives students the opportunities to question aspects of society that will have an impact on their lives in thought provoking ways. We often ask ‘big questions’ about the society in which we live, such as:

  • why do some students do better than others?
  • why are some groups are stopped and searched more by the police?
  • what is the role of the criminal justice system?
  • what impact does the family have?
  • how do we learn our behaviour?

By analysing these difference questions, students will often engage in key debates about society and the way in which it works. Students will question one another, different view points and sociological theories.

What will I study?

  • Key concepts and processes of cultural transmission
  • Sociological research method
  • Families
  • Education
  • Social stratification
  • Crime and deviance

How will I be assessed?

Two written exams of 1hr 45mins each.