About the Department
The Social Sciences department is new to St Thomas More. Psychology and Sociology were introduced due to the demand for these subjects in the sixth form community and both subjects have proven extremely popular with students. Students have 5 hours of their chosen subject and are taught in 2 and 3 hour blocks to maximise their subject choices across the Trinity Sixth Form.
Psychology is one of the most popular subjects to study at A-level because it has a huge impact on every aspect of our lives! Psychology is the study of the mind, brain and behaviour; applying scientific methodology to explain behaviour. Studying Psychology will provide you with lots of options for your future career as it develops a number of valuable and transferable skills including critical analysis, independent thinking and research. Students have the opportunity to learn how to analyse arguments and evidence, test hypotheses and make informed judgements – all skills valued by Higher Education institutions and employers. As well as careers within areas of Psychology such as sport, clinical and forensic Psychology; Psychology qualifications open doors to careers in disciplines such as:
- Health and social care
- Marketing and PR
- Public sector work
The literal meaning of the word ‘Sociology’ is the ‘science of society’. Social events and changes do not occur by accident. Sociology attempts to bring a systematic understanding to our knowledge of what goes on around us - locally, nationally and even internationally. Sociology, then, is the study of people in society. It is concerned with human associations and relationships in the institutions that affect our lives. Using a variety of models and theories and applying recognised research methods Sociology looks to understand institutions such as the family, education, the police, the media, religion and politics.
Sociology students are particularly in demand for ‘people centred occupations’ and professions that demand a rigorous analytical approach based upon weighing up evidence and arguments to reach considered conclusions. This can lead to careers as wide ranging as media research, law, journalism, teaching, social and welfare work, civil service and local government policy making, nursing and market research.
The department is based in the sixth form centre and lessons are taught in the classroom there. This is a modern build with bright large classrooms and mean that staff are readily available to offer students additional support where necessary.
The aim of the department is that all students achieve their full potential. We aim to provide a positive and engaging learning experience in which all students are challenged and are encouraged to become independent learners, discuss, analyse and build arguments. All skills that are critical for employment and further study.
Starting in year 12 students will follow the new AQA A level specifications for Psychology and Sociology.
Throughout the two year course students will study:
- Social influence
- Approaches in Psychology
- Research methods
- Issues and debates in Psychology
Along with other topics such as schizophrenia and forensic psychology.
At the end of the two year course students sit three exams each lasting two hours. There is no coursework element to the course.
Students are assessed by a mixture of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.
Overall, at least 10% of the marks in assessments for Psychology will require the use of mathematical skills and will be at least the standard of higher tier GCSE mathematics.
Throughout the two year course students will study Education, Crime and Deviance as well as Families and Households, Beliefs in Society and Theory and Methods. At the end of the two year course students will sit three exams each lasting two hours. There is no coursework element to the course. Students are assessment in focussed on extended writing therefore an ability to write coherently and accurately is essential.
There at currently no Year 13 students sitting Psychology at ST Thomas More.Sociology students in year 13 are currently sitting the AQA Sociology specification that is in its final year. They will study units SCLY3 and SCLY4 with a focus on Beliefs in Society, Crime and Deviance and Theory and Methods.As of September 2016 students will continue to follow the second year of the AQA A level courses in both subjects.
Extra Curricular Activities
Staff are availble to provide additional support and revision classes for students where necessary. Students have been keen to get involved in raising mental health awareness by supporting World Mental Health Day at school events.As a new department we are excited to introduce opportunities for students to attend Social Science excursions in the future.
Contact Details for Additional Information
For further information on the specifications delivered please speak to Miss Donbavand or find additional information on the websites below: