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Covid-19 Blended Learning – Social Sciences                                                                           
   

KS3 and KS4 – Lessons and relevant resources will be uploaded to ClassCharts once every two weeks (once a week before half term) for each year group, in line with the scheme of work being delivered in school (titled “Blended Learning”). Work can then be submitted to each Class Teacher via the ClassCharts system for feedback.

 

For some subjects such as Law and Citizenship, the Blended Learning that is set on ClassCharts will incorporate instructions on how to access additional resources and learning materials, such as Podcasts.  These instructions will include additional media files via “OneDrive” access.

 

For those who are unable to access online lessons, paper copies of lessons will be made available and supported with textbooks where possible.

 

KS5 – Will be set fortnightly with all instructions and resources uploaded via ClassCharts with the exception of Law as previously outlined.

 

Head of Department

Mrs C. Honeysett

Subject Teachers

Mrs C. Honeysett Teacher of Psychology and EPQ
Miss H. Jeffery Teacher of Citizenship 
Mrs R. Kane Associate Teacher - Citizenship
Mr C. Milne Teacher of Law and Citizenship
Miss G. Muir Teacher of Psychology

Miss H. Noakes

Teacher of Health and Social Care
Mrs H. Parsons Teacher of Health and Social Care
Miss A. Sargeant Teacher of Sociology and Health and Social Care
Mrs N. Sterling Teacher of Psychology
Mr G. Vigeon

Teacher of Sociology and EPQ

Our Curriculum Intent

The Social Sciences Faculty aim is for all students to be able to reflect on, evaluate and apply a wide range of theoretical and scientific perspectives to real life contexts. Students will develop a number of transferable skills, for example, methodological research skills, analysis of data, use and evaluation of research evidence and theories to develop arguments. Students will develop an appreciation of diverse experience and will be able to discuss and apply this in both an ethical and cross-cultural framework that respects individual differences.

Citizenship Intent is the only subject where students can learn about the world they live in, their role as citizens and they impact they can have. It can broaden the mind of children by allowing them to challenge topics they would never usually be able to; politics, social agenda and legal changes for example. Students learn about their own rights and responsibilities, what it means to live in Modern Britain and how to participate in a political climate. The subject allows them to learn about the Fundamental British Values and how they are embedded into our legal systems, culture and our attitudes. They will develop skills in debate and evaluating the effectiveness of those in charge.

Psychology Intent enables students to scientifically analyse other people’s behaviour as well as their own and appreciate that all human behaviour is driven by a vast and complex combination of factors. Students will be involved in active debates about the causes of behaviours and behavioural abnormalities (e.g. Schizophrenia) leading to a wider appreciation of how Psychology is applied in everyday life. Students will have the opportunity within their learning to challenge popular misconceptions around mental health issues and develop their understanding of human behaviour. Studying Psychology provides students with a wide range of highly valued skills including critical analysis, independent thinking and research skills which will not only assist any student who chooses to move onto further education but also benefit students who opt to take on the world of work after completing their A-Levels. Students will come to recognise that Psychology is everywhere and applicable to all experiences in life making the study of Psychology invaluable for future progression and careers.    

Law Intent, both common and by statute, legal principles and the Constitution is more important now than ever. The legal sector, with our ever increasing regulations and rules is expanding, and studying law at A-level gives pupils a firm first step on the path to employment in it. Law provides key skills for work across a wide array of professions, due to the analytical and methodical methods engaged throughout the course: Law A-level teaches students to critically assess and investigate information, and bring arguments to a logical and persuasive conclusion, which is vital to any university degree, and is an invaluable service to non-graduate and graduate employers alike.

Sociology Intent is a valuable subject to students, as they develop an awareness of how wider society functions around them and how they themselves relate to this. They explore perspectives on inequality and build a conceptual understanding of how and why inequality formulates; for example, within Education and the Criminal Justice System. Students understand how culture shapes the identity they become and that much of what shapes them is socially constructed by the external forces around them. This can be liberating for students, as they begin to observe in their own lives how there are processes and forces at play in shaping their environment. Sociology taps into a range of other subjects across the Curriculum, including Politics, Law, Citizenship and British Values, which again contributes to the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development of the student.

Health and Social Care Intent equips students with the knowledge and skills needed to enter into one of the many careers available in the health and care sector such as nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, pre-school carer, infant and lower junior school teacher and residential care worker.  We give literature and guidance on the basics of health and social care – but we link these to up-to-date case studies, and relevant information.  We are pro-active in discussing issues surrounding each element of the given Health and Social Care Criteria which increases knowledge of contemporary issues within the core field.  We advocate the understanding of service user’s needs which supports in building empathy for our students, particularly beneficial for all pathways of future life and career choices.  We cement knowledge, understanding and the employability skills students need to succeed at a higher level of study for now and their future academic pathways as well as in their chosen career.  Students who have experience of research, extended writing and meeting deadlines will be well prepared for Higher Education and beyond.  Discussion is strongly encouraged within classes which develops not only the students’ knowledge but also builds on social skills, listening skills, confidence and empowerment for when putting ideas forward. We value and encourage independent learning through research, which is a necessary transferable skill within the school as well as out in the wider world of higher education and of employment.

Religious Studies Intent is an important subject as it enables students to become tolerant and understanding of other people, in a multicultural, secular society students will interact with people of alternative faiths or none.  Therefore, it is vital that our young people are equipped with the knowledge to enable them to conduct themselves in a manner that demonstrates British Values of mutual respect and tolerance.  Religious Studies makes a key and unique contribution to understanding British heritage, culture and values as students learn how to become respectful, knowledgeable and tolerance citizens.  It also allows students to reflect upon ultimate questions and equip them with valuable skills such as debate and discussion in a safe and respectful environment that will help prepare them for life.

EPQ Intent will develop and extend a student’s area of interest into an in depth project outside of their normal programme of study. Students will learn the fundamentals of academic research alongside practical skills such as, effective referencing and extended writing. This is a process driven qualification where students will develop and apply skills creatively using their own initiative and enterprise better preparing them for the intellectual rigour required in higher education or employment. Students will become effective independent thinkers with strong analytical and evaluative skills alongside the ability to confidently present their research findings to an 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 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.

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. 

Extra Curricular Activities

  • Youth Speaks 
  • Youth Elections for KYCC
  • Debate League