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Social Sciences

Head of Department

Mrs C. Honeysett

Subject Teachers

Mrs S. Burden

Mrs C. Honeysett

Miss H. Jeffery

Miss H. Marland

Mr C. Milne

Mrs B. Munn

Mrs N. Sterling

Miss B. Thomson

Mr G. Vigeon

Accommodation and Resources

Based in the Sixth Form building, the department benefits from the resources available for A Level students. The department has laptop trollies and frequent outside speakers and visitors to support our GCSE and A Level students with their coursework as well as a network with the University of Kent. As a department we promote group learning and within KS3 Citizenship we facilitate a lot of project based work. 

Key Stage Breakdown

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Citizenship

All KS3 students study Citizenship. Students have the opportunity to investigate, discuss and debate a wide range of issues from our local society to an international perspective. Students study issues surrounding rights and responsibilities, human rights, diversity, immigration, parliament and democracy, the UN and Europe, local politics, conflict and terrorism. Citizenship enables students to think about the world we live in and the impact that their own decisions can have on their world. Students learn a range of skills to help them advocate on their own behalf and to encourage others to participate effectively in society.

Topics covered

 

Term 1 and 2

Term 3 and 4

Term 5 and 6

Year 7

Rights and Responsibilities

Crime and Justice

Diversity and Discrimination

Year 8

Equal Opportunities

Media and the Law

Democracy and Parliament

Year 9

National and International Conflicts

Local Democracy

Consumer and Employment Rights

The United Nations and Genocide

 

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Citizenship

Full Course GCSE Citizenship. This is a 2 year course that allows students the chance to think about what it means to be a citizen of the United Kingdom and the World. The course focuses on four themes; life in modern Britain, Rights and responsibilities, Politics and participation and active citizenship.

GCSE Citizenship is ideal for students that want to have their say and explore topical and controversial issues. Students are encouraged to advocate their ideas to others and think about ways in which they participate in society.

Health and Social Care

Care workers visiting the school will be another source of valuable first-hand information. Many of the unit assignments involve the students working on case studies of their own choice which helps bring a reality to the set tasks.

Key Stage 5 Curriculum

Law

The course gives excellent preparation for those students wishing to progress on to degree level study in many subjects, not just Law.  The skills and knowledge gained can be particularly useful to students thinking of studying subjects associated with Sociology, Media and Journalism, Business Studies, Politics, English and History at University.

It may be of particular relevance for those considering a career in Law including solicitors, barristers, policing, legal secretaries, and paralegals.  The course is also of benefit for students considering a career in media and journalism, social work, teaching and business.

The course enables candidates to develop knowledge, understanding, and critical awareness of the structure, personnel and functions of the English legal system including criminal law and tort.

Sociology

Sociology is extremely useful for most careers because of the thinking skills it develops. Many sociology students move on into Higher Education, where the subject supports all degrees, but especially those in the media, law and public services, as well as in Sociology itself. Graduate recruiters are particularly interested in employing those with a Sociology background. The specification followed complements other Advanced Level courses, such as Psychology, Law and Health and Social Care. As an academic subject, Sociology also blends well with English and History due to the similar study and essay writing skills employed. Sociology students often choose careers in the public sector, (e.g. teaching and policing), and in the media, as Sociology equips learners with a critical understanding of society.

Sociology is the study of society and students will:

  • Examine the nature of contemporary society.
  • Examine patterns of behaviour in society.
  • Explore ways in which society influences individuals and how individuals influence society.

Psychology

Psychology A Level is a good basis for progression into employment in many fields, particularly those dealing with people.  These include areas such as health, social care, child care, customer service, the police and other emergency services, armed forces, advertising, sales, market research, personnel management and many others. Many Psychology A Level students choose to study Psychology at University, with opportunities for further professional training in clinical, educational, forensic, organisational and counselling Psychology.  Psychology also offers an excellent foundation for Higher Education in biological sciences (in combination with science subjects), Social Sciences, Sports Science, Humanities, Business, Law and Education.  It is particularly useful for those wishing to pursue vocational training in social work, education and child care, nursing, medicine and related areas. Students will learn the fundamentals of the subject and develop skills valued by Higher Education and employers, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research.

Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and behaviour and it aims to develop:

  • Understanding of psychological theories, research, terminology, concepts, approaches, methods and application.
  • Skills of critical analysis, interpretation and evaluation.
  • Understanding of different areas of psychology, including the core areas of cognitive, social, developmental and biological psychology; individual differences and research methods.
  • Understanding and skills of how to design and report on Psychological investigations and analyse data.
  • Understand ethical issues in psychology, including the ethical implications of psychological research.

Health and Social Care

Single Award and Double Award.

Health and Social Care is a very popular vocational area with a wide range of opportunities for young people who have a caring nature.  There is a huge demand for well qualified care professionals in society and demographic factors indicate that this demand will continue to grow.

Some of these careers are in the following fields:

  • Medical – nursing, midwifery, imaging technician, physiotherapy and occupational therapy.
  • Early Years Education – pre-school carer, nursery carer, infant and lower junior
    school teacher.
  • Social Work – residential care worker, community care worker.

Many of our former students have progressed to higher education courses and others have embarked on health and social careers upon leaving the Sixth Form.

Subjects that particularly complement Health and Social Care at Advanced Level are Sociology, Psychology, Human Biology and Sports Studies.

Health and Social Care A Level aims to:

  • To equip students with a broad range of relevant skills for care occupations.
  • To provide students with work-related learning opportunities in local care settings.
  • To develop students’ knowledge and understanding of contemporary issues within the core field.
  • To enable students to gain an understanding of client’s needs.

Extended Project Qualification

The EPQ is a unique and exciting course. It is different to other qualifications as it can be about anything the student is interested in. You pick your title and you work to complete your project.  The EPQ is regarded highly by Higher Education institutions as they see it as equipping students with crucial skills such as independent learning and research skills.

Students will produce either:

  •  An artefact and report – this could be anything from a musical score to a remote controlled car – with this the students would need to write a 1000 word report.
  • A 5000 word written report – this is also on anything the student chooses. It may be based on a hobby or something you wish to study at University.

Aims of the Extended Project Qualification is to develop student’s ability to:      

  • Manage their own learning and design an extended project of their choice.
  • Develop and improve their own learning and improve their ability to approach coursework and extended writing.
  • Apply decision making and problem solving skills.
  • Carry out research that is academically rigorous.
  • Plan, create and evaluate their findings.
  • Be creative and present in front of a wide audience.

What Will Students Learn In Each Year?

The links below give a detailed breakdown of what is taught in the the curriculum for each year.

Key Stage 3

Citizenship

What will my child learn in year 7?

What will my child learn in year 8?

What will my child learn in year 9?

Key Stage 4

Citizenship

What will my child learn in year 10?

What will my child learn in year 11?

Health and Social Care

What will my child learn in year 10?

What will my child learn in year 11?

Key Stage 5

Extended Project Qualification

What will my child learn in year 12 and 13?

Health and Social Care

What will my child learn in year 12?

What will my child learn in year 13?

Law

What will my child learn in year 12?

What will my child learn in year 13?

Psychology

What will my child learn in year 12?

What will my child learn in year 13?

Sociology

What will my child learn in year 12?

What will my child learn in year 13?

Extra Curricular Activities

  • Youth Speaks 
  • Youth Elections for KYCC
  • Debate League