Social Studies

Teachers

  • Gary Ashdown - Director of Learning
  • Jacqueline Davies - Assistant Director of Learning
  • Julie Horne
  • Kathleen Ringsell
  • Richard Miller
  • Chelsea Wright
  • Claire Findlay
  • Elliott Batchelor
  • SLT Link - Luke Gander

Social Studies is about asking questions to find out about the social world in which we live. Why do certain situations and events happen in the way they do and is it a good or a bad thing? The Social Studies team aim to teach learners the skills to investigate, explain and make their way in our complex social world.

All learners study a 3 year key stage 3 and will follow a carousel of PSHEE, Citizenship and RE topics. Learners then follow a 2 year non-examined key stage 4 for half a year (swapping with ICT). Learners will once again follow will follow a carousel which includes elements of PSHEE, Citizenship and RE topics that will build on all that they have covered in key stage 3. The aim is for students to study age appropriate topics that build upon each other as they progress through the college.

One task of home-learning will be set per term for Year 7 and Year 8. Home-learning will be set on a needs basis for Years 9-11.

The Social Studies Curriculum 2015 -2016

Year group

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Year  7

PSHEE:

Who am I? (link emotional health and wellbeing).

PSHEE:

Anti-bullying (link emotional health and wellbeing)

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RE: Christianity:
The Christmas message

Citizenship:

Island project (democracy, team building, leadership and negotiation skill/processes – PLTS).

Year 8

RE:Hinduism

PSHEE:

Drugs Education Unit (alcohol)  

Continue careers pathway sheet and preparation for options (link Phil Cornish project)+PSHEE/citizenship:Personal finance

Year 9 

PSHEE:

How to study/revise Citizenship: Politics and democracy (start work on prevent - democracy)

Citizenship:

Diversity in Britain, British Values and the Prevent Agenda.

Cit/PSHEE:

Public order, criminality, social/legal rights and responsibilities. (continuing work on prevent – freedom of speech and rule of law)

Year 10 (the three units in this course will be repeated as social studies is on a carousel with ICT)

PSHEE and Citizenship:

Diversity, homophobia, sexuality and gender using the 'FIT' DVD.

PSHEE:SRE Pregnancy and parenting

PSHEE: Drugs education – Class A Illegal drugs (recap on class B and C illegal drugs and alcohol and smoking – very briefly).

Year 11 (the three units in this course will be repeated as social studies is on a carousel with ICT).

PSHEE:

UCAS Progress/Careers

PSHEE:

Progress/Careers

PSHEE:

Emotional health and well-being (also linked to examination stress).

 

Year group

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

Year  7

PSHEE:

Start Careers pathway sheet

PSHEE:

Drugs education –smoking, peer pressure and appearance.

RE:Sikhism

Year 8

RE:Easter Story  

Citizenship:

Evaluating and improving your school grounds (democracy, team building, leadership and negotiation skills).

PSHEE:

Sex and relationships Education Unit.

Year 9

RE:

Islam (continuing work on prevent – challenging stereotypes, xenophobia, Islamophobia) 

PSHEE:

Drugs education – Illegal drugs class B and C (recap alcohol / smoking briefly). 

PSHEE:

Sex and relationships education: sexual exploitation, self-image, healthy eating, eating disorders, self-harm, stereotyping, sexual comments, FGM.

Year 10 (the three units in this course will be repeated as social studies is on a carousel with ICT)

PSHEE and Citizenship: Diversity, homophobia, sexuality and gender using the 'Fit' DVD.

 PSHEE:

SRE: Pregnancy and parenting.

PSHEE: Drugs education - Class A illegal drugs (recap on Class B and C illegal drugs and alcohol and smoking - very briefly).

Year 11 (the three units in this course will be repeated as social studies is on a carousel with ICT).

PSHEE:

Emotional health and well-being (also linked to examination stress).

Revision for examinations.

Not in college.

AQA GCSE Sociology

Year group or Course title

AQA GCSE Sociology (an option subject in Yr9, Yr10 and Yr11)

Teachers

Gary Ashdown (DoL)

Jacqueline Davies (ADOL)

Julie Horne (Teacher of Sociology)

Course content

This course is worth one GCSE and aims to equip students with the skills to observe, analyse and evaluate the complex social structures, groups and behaviours in the world around them. Topics include: Studying society, family, education, media, social control and deviance and social inequality.

  1. This course develops students' understanding of the interdependence between individuals, groups, institutions and societies

  2. This course encourages an understanding of the nature and significance of cooperation and conflict, and continuity and change, including individual and social differences in the students' own and other societies

  1. This course encourages students to analyse critically the nature and source of information and to base judgements and arguments on evidence

  2. encourages students to reflect their own experience of the social world in which they live and to acquire knowledge and develop skills that enable them to play informed roles within the community

  3. provides a strong basis for progression to further studies, including A-level Sociology

For access to the full specification content please click on the link below:http://web.aqa.org.uk/qual/newgcses/soc_sci/new/soc_materials.php

Assessment

Students will sit two examinations at the end of the course, with some shorter questions and others asking for a more extended written response.

Equipment Needed

Pen, Pencil, Ruler.

Homework

One home-learning task will be set per week.

 

AQA GCSE Health and Social Care

Year group or Course title

AQA GCSE Health and Social Care (an option subject in Yr9, Yr10 and Yr11 – a maximum of three years of study)

Teachers

Jacqueline Davies (ADoL)

Course content

This course is worth one GCSE and aims to equip students with knowledge and understanding of some introductory topics in Health and Social Care. Topics are Personal Development and Relationships and Health Social Care and Early Years Provision.

  1. This course develops students' understanding of the stages of physical growth and intellectual, social and emotional development.

  2. This course develops understanding of the factors that affect the growth of physical, intellectual, social and emotional development.

  1. This course develops students’ knowledge of Health, Social Care and Early Years provision.

  2. This course develops students’ understanding and awareness of the needs of client groups and factors that affect access to provision

  3. This course develops research skills through the investigation of work roles within Health, Social Care and Early Years provision.

  4. Provides a strong basis for progression to further studies including BTEC Health and Social Care.

For access to the full specification content please click on the link below:http://web.aqa.org.uk/in/askaqa.php

Assessment

Students will sit one external exam and complete one controlled internal assessment.

Equipment Needed

Pen, Pencil, Ruler.

Homework

One home-learning task will be set every two weeks.

 

AQA AS and A level Psychology

Year group or Course title

AQA AS and A level Psychology (one year for the AS Level and a maximum of two years study for the full A Level).

Teachers

Gary Ashdown (DoL)

Kathleen Ringsell (Teacher of Psychology/Social Studies)

Course content

This course may be studied as an AS Level (grades cashed in after one year) or as a full A Level following two years of study. AS Level topics include the compulsory content: Social influence, Memory and Attachment (paper 1) and Approaches in psychology, Psychopathology and Research methods (paper 2).Students will be expected to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of psychological concepts, theories, research studies.

  • Research methods and ethical issues in relation to the specified Paper 1 content.

  • Apply psychological knowledge and understanding of the specified Paper 1 content in a range of contexts.

  • Analyse, interpret and evaluate psychological concepts, theories, research studies and research.

  • Methods in relation to the specified Paper 1 content

  • Evaluate therapies and treatments including in terms of their appropriateness and effectiveness.

  • Knowledge and understanding of research methods, practical research skills and mathematical skills will be assessed in Paper 1. These skills should be developed through study of the specification content and through ethical/practical research activities, involving:

  1. designing research

  2. conducting research

  3. analysing and interpreting data

For the A Level (studied over two years) students will have to study the compulsory content: Social influence, Memory, Attachment and Psychopathology (Paper 1), Approaches in psychology, Biopsychology, Research methods and Issues and debates in psychology (paper 2) and one from each option: Option 1 – Relationships, Gender, Cognition and development, Option 2 – Schizophrenia, Eating behaviour and Stress, Option 3 – Aggression, Forensic psychology and Addiction (paper 3).For access to the full specification content please click on the link below:http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/psychology/specifications/AQA-7181-7182-SP-2015-V1-0.PDF

  

Assessment

AS Level students will sit two external exams at the end of the first year:Paper 1: Social influence, Memory and Attachment – this can have a mixture of multiple choice, short and long answer questions.

Paper 2: Approaches in psychology, Psychopathology and Research methods – this can have a mixture of multiple choice, short and long answer questions. A Level students will sit three external exams:Paper 1: Social influence, Memory and Attachment – this can have a mixture of multiple choice, short and long answer questions.Paper 2: Approaches in psychology, Psychopathology and Research methods – this can have a mixture of multiple choice, short and long answer questions.

Paper 3: One from each of the following – Option 1 – Relationships, Gender, Cognition and development, Option 2 – Schizophrenia, Eating behaviour and Stress, Option 3 – Aggression, Forensic psychology and Addiction (paper 3). This paper has essays questions.

Equipment Needed

Pen, Pencil, Ruler and text book

Homework

Home Learning in line with Sixth Form Home Learning policy.

 

 AQA AS and A level Sociology

Year group or Course title

AQA AS and A level Sociology (one year for the AS Level and a maximum of two years study for the full A Level).

Teachers

Gary Ashdown (DoL)

Jacqueline Davies (ADoL)

Course content

This course may be studied as an AS Level (grades cashed in after one year) or as a full A Level following two years of study. AS Level topics include the compulsory content: Education, Methods in Context and Research Methods. Optional content (one only): Culture and Identity, Families and Households, Health and Work, Poverty and Welfare.

  1. This course develops students' understanding of the interdependence between individuals, groups, institutions and societies

  2. Develops an in depth understanding of key institutions in society, the role these institutions play in society and the ability to critically analyse the impact of institutions on individuals and society.

  1. The ability to apply sociological research methods to the study of education.

  2. The course encourages critical engagement in theoretical debate which will encourage an active involvement with the research process.

  3. Fosters in students’ a critical awareness of contemporary social process and change

For the A Level (studied over two years) students will have to study the compulsory content: Education with Theory and Methods and Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods plus optional topics (one from each): Option 1: Culture and Identity or Families and Households. Option 2: The Media or Global Development or Beliefs in Society.For access to the full specification content please click on the link below:http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/sociology/specifications/AQA-7191-7192-SP-2015-V1-0.PDF

Assessment

AS Level students will sit two external exams at the end of the first year:Paper 1: Education short answer and extended writing.Paper 2 Research Methods and Topics in Sociology short answer and extended writing.A Level students will sit three external exams:Paper 1 as above.Paper 2 Topics in Sociology Paper 3 Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods.All will compose of short answer questions and extended writing.

Equipment Needed

Pen, Pencil, Ruler and text book

Homework

Home Learning in line with Sixth Form Home Learning policy.

 

Edexcel BTEC Level 3

Year group or Course title

Edexcel BTEC Level 3 National Certificate and Diploma in Health and Social Care (a year 12 and 13 subject a maximum of two years to study both the one A level or the two A level option)

Teachers

Jacqueline Davies (ADoL)

Julie Horne (Teacher of Health and Social Care)

Course content

The Certificate is worth one A Level and the Diploma is worth two A Levels. Both will equip students with essential skills and knowledge to gain employment in the Health and Social Care Sectors or continue onto Higher Education study.

  1. The course develops students’ understanding and knowledge of the key sectors in Health and Social Care and the nature of work in these sectors.

  2. Knowledge of Human Life Span and Development.

  3. Knowledge and Understanding of how Health and Social Care practitioners provide individual care and support and meet client needs.

  4. Optional units provide students’ with the opportunity to develop knowledge and Understanding of Sociological perspectives or Psychological perspectives of Health and Social Care.

  5. Provides a strong basis for progression to Higher Education study or employment.

Over the two years for the Certificate three units are compulsory and one is optional. For the Diploma six units are compulsory and two units are optional.

Assessment

For the one A Level Certificate four units of study are completed over the two years. Two units are externally assessed and two are internally assessed. For the Diploma which is worth two A Levels the units are doubled over the two yrs. Four units are externally assessed and four are internally assessed

Equipment Needed

Pen, Pencil, Ruler and text book.

Homework

Home Learning will depend upon the demands of the course but will be in line with Sixth form Home Learning Policy.

 

AQA AS and A Level Law

Year group or Course title

AQA AS and A Level Law (one year for the AS Level and a maximum of two years study for the full A Level).

Teacher

Richard Miller (Head of Farah House) 

Course content

This course may be studied as an AS Level (grades cashed in after one year) or as a full A Level following two years of study.

AS Level topics include the compulsory content of ‘law making and the legal system’ (Paper 1) and ‘the concept of liability’ (Paper 2 - an introduction to criminal law and tort).

Students will be expected to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of legal rules and principles.
  • Selection and explanation of relevant information and illustration using examples and citation.
  • Analysis of legal material, issues and situations and evaluation and application of the appropriate legal rules and principles.
  • Presentation of a logical and coherent argument and communication of relevant material in a clear and effective manner using appropriate legal terminology.

 

For the A level (studied over two years) students will have to study the compulsory content: law making and the legal system, the concept of liability (an introduction to criminal law and tort – liability for personal injury). They will also study further aspects of criminal law (the fatal and non-fatal offences) and specific aspects of tort. Full details of the subject specification can be found on the AQA subject website.

Assessment

AS Level students will sit two external exams at the end of the first year.

Paper 1: Law making and the legal system – students have to answer 3 questions in 90 minutes from a list of topics which include Parliamentary Law making, delegated legislation, statutory interpretation and the use of lay people (juries and magistrates) within the legal system.

Paper 2: The concept of liability – students have to answer a series of questions on criminal law and tort within the 90 minutes given. Topics include criminal law theory (the concepts of actus reus, causation and mens rea), the non-fatal offences and sentencing. Within tort students study the concepts of duty of care, breach of duty and resulting damage. Students are given short scenarios on criminal law and tort and are expected to be able to apply the legal theory to any given situation.

 

A Level students sit two external exams:

Paper 3: Criminal law – the fatal and non-fatal offences. – Students answer 3 questions in 90 minutes on a given scenario. These will be based on the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person’s Act 1861, the law of murder and voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter and the general defences in criminal law.

Paper 4: Tort and Concepts of law– students are given a short scenario and must answer two questions on tort and one on the concepts of law in two hours. Topics for tort include product liability, medical negligence, psychiatric injury, nuisance including the tort of Rylands v Fletcher, occupiers’ liability, economic loss, vicarious liability and the defences available in tort. Topics for the concepts of law include law and morality, law and justice and fault.

Equipment Needed

Pen, pencil, ruler, writing paper, highlighter pens and textbook.

Homework

Home learning in line with Sixth Form Home Learning Policy. This will typically be one piece of written homework per week, usually based on an old exam question.