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Social Sciences

Mrs Fletcher

HOL Social Science

Mrs Fletcher
Mr Bhagowat
Ms Taiwo
Ms Braine

Department Vision

To engage, educate and empower our students not only in their chosen subject but in the skills required for their chosen future path. We want to develop our students into lifelong and independent learners, well equipped to deal with the challenges of further study and the future marketplace. Students opting to follow a social science course at The Abbey School will be encouraged to:

  • Approach their study with confidence and a positive attitude, founded on their enjoyment of the subject.
  • Take responsibility for learning and grow the skills to become an independent learner.
  • Enjoy and benefit from working both independently and in cooperation with others.
  • Develop an ability to gather appropriate and relevant information from a range of oral, written and technological sources.
  • Develop skills of critical analysis, interpretation and evaluation.
  • Develop skills in relation to the design, planning, execution and reporting of social scientific investigations, including analysis and interpretation of data, particularly through the undertaking of an extended project qualification.
  • Develop an understanding of ethical issues within the social sciences they are studying, including the ethical implications of research.

Key Stage 4

The AQA Psychology GCSE: Students begin their study of Psychology in Year 9 and complete the public examinations in Year 11. The topics studied are:

  • Memory
  • Perception
  • Development
  • Research methods
  • Social Influence
  • Language, Thought and Communication
  • Brain and Neuropsychology
  • Psychological Problems

Homework: 50 Minutes of homework is set each fortnight.

Key Stage 5

In Key Stage 5 we ask all our students to make a commitment to their studies by signing a contract, which sets out our expectations and in turn their expectations of us. We strongly encourage our students to take responsibility for their learning and set them goals in order to achieve. We have links with local universities, which also serves to broaden student experience.

The new AQA A Level Psychology course is offered for study across years 12 and 13. The topics include:

  • Social influence
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Approaches in Psychology
  • Psychopathy
  • Research Methods

Students complete three exam papers. Paper 1 based on the introduction to Psychology, Paper 2 looks at Psychology in context and Paper 3 on Issues in Psychology. Questions include a combination of multiple choice, short answer questions and extended writing questions.


Eduqas Level 3 Criminology:This qualification follows a similar pattern to a BTEC qualification, with two coursework-based modules and two externally examined modules. The content of this course includes:

  • Unit 1: Controlled Assessment: Changing awareness of crime: What crimes are we aware of? (Year 12)
  • Unit 2: Examination: Criminological Theories- what makes someone a criminal? (Year 12)
  • Unit 3: Controlled Assessment: Crime Scene to Courtroom: Who is involved in the criminal justice system? (Year 13)
  • Unit 4: Examination: Crime and Punishment: How are criminals punished in the UK? (Year 13)

IB Diploma: Social and Cultural Anthropology

Social and Cultural Anthropology: is the study of humankind and its diversities. Students study culture and human society through a number of different concepts such as Culture, Belief and Knowledge, Symbolism and Power. They also ask questions about anthropology such as ‘In what ways are we the same and different to each other?

Students complete the qualification at HL, the course includes two examined units and an Internal Assessment which includes students completing a piece of Anthropological fieldwork. Paper 1 forms 30% of the total grade, Paper 2 forms 45% of the total grade and the Internal Assessment forms 25% of the overall grade. All examinations are at the end of the second year.


Students in the Sixth Form are provided with a termly Private Study and Homework sheet at the beginning of each term. This allows them to work to a deadline regularly but also gives them the opportunity to complete extension work to stretch and challenge their knowledge and understanding. Students are expected to do at least 4 hours of additional study per subject.

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