Social sciences

Who’s who within the team

Mrs K Dixon – Associate Assistant Principal, Curriculum Innovation Leader

Mr R Hudson – Teacher of Psychology, Health and Social Care and Child Development

Mrs R Williams – Teacher of Sociology, Health and Social Care and Child Development

Curriculum Coverage at KS4

Children’s Play Learning and Development

The BTEC First Award in Children’s Play, Learning and Development offers knowledge and understanding of child development and of promoting development through play. 

There are three units of study

  • Patterns of child developmentThis unit looks at child development and the patterns that can be seen as children grow and develop. It fosters an understanding of why children at particular ages and stages tend to do similar things. This unit is externally assessed through an examination.
  • Promoting children’s development through playIn this unit, students learn how play can promote children’s development and about the type of play opportunities that early years settings provide. This unit is assessed through coursework
  • Principles of early years practiceIn this unit, students explore the different types of early years settings including child minders, nurseries and schools.  Although different, they all work on the same basic principles to make sure each child benefits from the opportunities on offer within each setting. This unit is assessed through coursework

Each unit is equally weighted.

Internally assessed work is coursework based and students are required to complete a variety of assignments in different formats to show their understanding.  For example, this might be in the form of producing an information booklet or producing a plan for play opportunities.

This is a varied course and offers learners the opportunity to show what they have learned in a range of different ways.

For further information about the exam specification please click on the link below:

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-firsts/childrens-play-learning-development-2012-nqf.html  

Health and Social Care

The BTEC First Award in Health and Social Care offers a unique opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of different aspects of the care sector. It will also extend students’ skills and promote independent learning.

There are four units of study

  • Human Lifespan Development in which we explore human growth and development across the life stages, and investigate the factors which affect human growth and development.This unit is externally assessed through an examination.
  • Health and Social Care Values in which learners will explore the care values which underpin current practice in health and social care and investigate ways of empowering individuals who use care services. This unit is internally assessed.
  • The impact of nutrition on health and wellbeing.  This unit develops learners’ knowledge and understanding of good nutrition and their skills in nutritional planning.This unit is internally assessed.
  • Social influences on health and well-being.  In this unit learners explore the effects of socialisation, the influence of relationships and the effects of social factors on the health and well-being of individuals.This unit is internally assessed

Each unit is equally weighted.

Internally assessed work is coursework based and students are required to complete a variety of assignments in different formats to show their understanding.  For example, this might be in the form of producing an information booklet, producing health plans for those with specific needs or producing scripts for role play.

This is a varied course and offers learners the opportunity to show what they have learned in a range of different ways.

For further information about the exam specification please click on the link below:

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-firsts/health-and-social-care-2012-nqf.html

Curriculum Coverage at KS5

Children’s Play Learning and Development – Level 2

The BTEC First Award in Children’s Play, Learning and Development offers knowledge and understanding of child development and of promoting development through play. 

There are three units of study

  • Patterns of child developmentThis unit looks at child development and the patterns that can be seen as children grow and develop. It fosters an understanding of why children at particular ages and stages tend to do similar things. This unit is externally assessed through an examination.
  • Promoting children’s development through playIn this unit, students learn how play can promote children’s development and about the type of play opportunities that early years settings provide. This unit is assessed through coursework
  • Principles of early years practiceIn this unit, students explore the different types of early years settings including child minders, nurseries and schools.  Although different, they all work on the same basic principles to make sure each child benefits from the opportunities on offer within each setting. This unit is assessed through coursework

Each unit is equally weighted.

Internally assessed work is coursework based and students are required to complete a variety of assignments in different formats to show their understanding.  For example, this might be in the form of producing an information booklet or producing a plan for play opportunities.

This is a varied course and offers learners the opportunity to show what they have learned in a range of different ways.

For further information about the exam specification please click on the link below:

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-firsts/childrens-play-learning-development-2012-nqf.html

 

Children’s Play Learning and Development – Level 3

The units within the BTEC National Award in Children’s Play Learning and Development are designed to give learners relevant knowledge and understanding of theories and approaches to working with children.

The Edexcel BTEC Level 3 National Award in Children’s Play, Learning and Development consists of six units for the completed qualification. Topics include child development; play in early years settings, meeting children’s physical development and care needs, health and safety practice in early years settings and safeguarding.

Unit 1: Child Development is externally assessed with an examination.

Unit 2: Play and learning is internally assessed through coursework

Unit 3: Meeting children’s physical development, physical care and health needs is internally assessed through coursework

Unit 4: Health and safety in early years settings is internally assessed through coursework

Unit 8: Safeguarding in early years is internally assessed through coursework

Unit 9: Observation, assessment and planning is internally assessed through coursework

This course offers the opportunity to study a variety of topics including the way children gain skills and abilities, the processes of language development and thinking.  The benefits of play are explored, along with different approaches to organising play and the role of the adult in play. Keeping children safe is an important part of working with children, and understanding how accidents and the spread of infection, how to respond to emergencies and the relevant health and safety legislation are studied. Finally, an understanding of the different roles played by adults in children’s lives provides important insight into working with other professionals and parents.

For further information about the exam specification please click on the link below:

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-nationals/childrens-play-learning-and-development-2014.html

Health and Social Care

BTEC National Level 3 Subsidiary Award in Health and Social Care

The BTEC National Level 3 Subsidiary Award in Health and Social Care is a vocational qualification, giving the opportunity to gain specific knowledge, understanding and skills relevant to this area of work, whilst at the same time gaining skills which can be used in many other areas.

What is the course structure?

The Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Health and Social Care consists of three mandatory units plus four further optional units.

All units are internally assessed through successful completion of coursework.

What will I study?

The three mandatory units

  • Developing effective communication in health and social care –This unit is designed to help learners develop communication skills in one-to-one and group situations as well as overcoming barriers to communication.
  • Equality, diversity and rights – This unit introduces equality, diversity and rights in the health and social care sector.  These are issues face every day and understanding the regulations regarding equality, diversity and rights is essential.
  • Health, safety and security in health and social care – In the UK health and safety is taken extremely seriously.  Health and social care practitioners have to consider what risk exists be able to plan a safe environment and know the legal requirements. 

Four further units, chosen by teaching staff, make up the remaining required units and these include topics such as development through the life stages, nutrition and sociological and psychological perspectives in health and social care. 

BTEC National Level 3 Diploma

Students who opt for the Level 3 Diploma study the units for the subsidiary award plus a further six units including ‘Personal and Professional Development in Health and Social Care’, which has a strong focus on the workplace and requires 100 hours work experience in a health and social care setting.

For further information about the specification please click on the link below:

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-nationals/health-and-social-care-2010.html

Psychology

Psychology is the SCIENTIFIC study of (mostly) human behaviour.

It offers students greater insight into abnormal human behaviour and group identity as well as why we can often predict and treat negative behaviour

AS Level

Subject content for the AS level includes social influence, memory, attachment, approaches in Psychology, Psychopathology and research methods.

Assessment is in the form of two written examinations of 1 hour 30 minutes, each of which is equally weighted.

A-Level

Subject Content at A level includes social influence, memory, attachment, Psychopathology, approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology, research methods and issues and debates in Psychology.

Students must also study one section from each of the optional content units

Option 1

  • Relationship’s
  • Gender
  • Cognition

Option 2

  • Schizophrenia
  • Eating behaviour
  • Stress

Option 3

  • Aggression
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Addiction

For further information about the exam specification please click on the link below:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/psychology/as-and-a-level/psychology-7181-7182

Sociology

Sociology is the study of society and the problems that exist within it. Studying Sociology will illuminates the world in which we live, and helps learners gain a greater understanding of human behaviour.

In year 1 learners study three topics, education, research methods and Culture and identity.

Education: In this unit learners study the role and functions of the education system and its relationship to the economy and class structure.  The different educational achievements of different social groups are also explored, as are the relationships which are formed.  The significance of educational policies such as selection policies and policies to achieve greater equality of outcome are also studied.

Research Methods: In this unit learners examine the collection of quantitative and qualitative methods of research, where data comes from, questionnaires and interviews.  Learners also look at the distinction between primary and secondary data and between quantitative and qualitative data.  Practical and ethical considerations are also explored.

Culture and Identity: Learners explore different conceptions of culture, including subculture, mass culture, folk culture, high and low culture, popular culture and global culture.  They also look at the socialisation process and the role of the agencies of socialisation.  The relationship of identity to age, disability, ethnicity, gender, nationality, sexuality and social class in contemporary society is discussed as is the relationship of identity to production, consumption and globalisation.

In year 2 learners study a further three topics, Beliefs in Society, Crime and Deviance and theory and methods

Beliefs in Society: Learners study ideology, science and religion, including both Christian and non-Christian religious traditions.  They also look at the relationship between social change and social stability, and religious beliefs, practices and organisations. Religious organisations, including cults, sects, denominations, churches and New Age movements, and their relationship to religious and spiritual belief and practice are probed.  The relationship between different social groups and religious/spiritual organisations and movements, beliefs and practices and the significance of religion and religiosity in the contemporary world, including the nature and extent of secularisation in a global context is also explored

Crime and Deviance: Learners study crime, deviance, social order and social control as well as the social distribution of crime and deviance by ethnicity, gender and social class, including recent patterns and trends in crime. They will also explore globalisation and crime in contemporary society; the media and crime; green crime; human rights and state crimes as well as crime control, surveillance, prevention and punishment, victims, and the role of the criminal justice system and other agencies.

Students also further their learning of theory and methods from year 1.

Learning takes place through a variety of methods such as class discussions, debates and small group activities.

Assessment takes the form of two written examinations each year.

For further information about the exam specification please click on the link below:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/sociology/as-and-a-level/sociology-7191-7192