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 and the way it is taught.
- Reflect on their individual learning experience, both in terms of the course content and in relation to their role as a 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 an ability to communicate their knowledge and understanding through a variety of oral, written and technological media.
- Develop skills of critical analysis, interpretation and evaluation.
- Gain an understanding of psychological, sociological or criminological knowledge through a range of theories studies and approaches.
- Gain fluency and confidence in the use of psychological, sociological or criminological specific terminology and methods.
- Understand and appreciate the contradictory and complementary nature of different approaches to explaining psychological/sociological observations and findings.
- 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.
- Appreciate the historical and cultural background to the growth of psychological/sociological understanding, and develop a critical and evaluative approach in relation to this.
Key Stage 4
The AQA Psychology GCSE is available as an option for all students following the Blue Pathway curriculum. Students begin their study of Psychology in year 9 and complete the public examinations in year 11. The topics studied are:
- Non-verbal communication
- Stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination
- Research methods
- Sex and gender
Key Stage 5
The new Edexcel A Level Psychology course is offered for study across years 12 and 13. The topics studied are selected from the following options:
- Social Psychology
- Cognitive Psychology
- Biological Psychology
- Learning Theories
- Clinical Psychology
- Criminological Psychology
Topics have been selected primarily on the basis of whole exam board results trends and chief examiner feedback, however, teacher expertise and student feedback have also been considered.
The new AQA A Level Sociology course is offered for study across years 12 and 13. The topics studied are:
- Families and households
- Sociological theory and research methods
- Crime and deviance
- Beliefs in society.
The newest qualification we offer is Eduqas Level 3 Criminology starting from September 2016. 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:
- Types of crime and reasons why some crimes are not reported to law enforcement.
- How crime scenes are investigated and the techniques used.
- Theories of crime.
- How crime is prevented and punished.
- Homework is set weekly, with the clearly defined tasks and precise indications of desired outcomes and handing in date. In most cases, the time given to complete tasks is one week. In some cases, for example, when preparing for a presentation, extended deadlines may be set. However, interim progress checks are arranged for such tasks. All homework can be accessed via Show My Homework. In Psychology, homework is also set via Flipped Learning videos, which can be accessed via the department’s YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/user/abbeysocialscience