Social Sciences

Health and Social Care (Social Science)

Departmental Vision

All stakeholders are committed to the pursuit of excellence in Social Science with an uncompromising drive and passion to accrue the highest level of achievement and personal development.

Key Stage 4 Health and Social Care

Year 10

The Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Health and Social Care is for learners who wish to acquire knowledge, understanding and technical skills through vocational contexts as part of their Key Stage 4 learning. The qualification recognises the value of learning skills, knowledge and vocational attributes to complement GCSEs. The qualification will broaden the learner’s experience and understanding of the varied progression options available to them.

The Award gives learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment. The main focus is on three areas, which cover:

  • Skills and processes, such as interpreting data to assess an individual’s health, and designing a plan to improve their health and wellbeing
  • Attitudes, namely the care values that are vitally important in the sector, and the opportunity to practise applying them
  • Knowledge that underpins the effective use of skills, processes and attitudes, including human growth and development, health and social care services, and factors affecting people’s health and wellbeing.
  • Learners are required to complete and achieve all the components included in the qualification.

The qualification has three components (see below) that focus on the assessment of knowledge, skills and practices. These are all essential to developing a basis for progression and therefore learners need to demonstrate attainment across all components in order to achieve the qualification.

Component 1: Human Lifespan Development

Internally assessed portfolio

Component 2: Health and Social Care Services and Values

Internally assessed portfolio

Component 3: Health and Wellbeing

Externally assessed examination.

This qualification builds on and uses the knowledge and skills you are learning in your GCSEs, such as English. It will complement the more theoretical aspects covered by GCSE Biology by allowing you to apply your knowledge and skills practically in a vocational context.

Career Opportunities

Studying this qualification as part of Key Stage 4 learning will help learners to make more informed choices for further learning either generally or in this sector. The choices that a learner can make post-16 will depend on their overall level of attainment and their performance in the qualification.

Learners who generally achieve at Level 2 across their Key Stage 4 learning might consider progression to:

  • A Levels as preparation for entry into higher education in arrange of subjects
  • Study of a vocational qualification at Level3, such as a BTEC National in Health and Social Care, which prepares learners to enter employment or apprenticeships, or to move on to higher education by studying a degree in aspects of health or social care.


Pearson BTEC Next Generation First Award in Health and Social Care Level 1/2

Students are focusing primarily on their examination unit of Human Lifespan Development for the first part of the year. Students have explored the different life stages an individual goes through, the impact of these Life stages upon an individual's physical, intellectual, emotional and social well-being and development. Once completed, students complete 3 portfolio units, unit 2 Health and Social Care Values, unit 3 Effective Communication in Health and Social Care and unit 5 Promoting Public Health.

Key Stage 5 Health and Social Care

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Health and Social Care accounts a two-year study programme for learners who are intending to go onto further study in a related sector. It is intended as an Applied General qualification and is equivalent in size to two A Levels.

The content of this qualification has been designed to ensure it supports progression towards higher study. In addition, employers and professional bodies have been involved in order to confirm that the content is also appropriate for those interested in working in the sector.

Learners taking this qualification will study eight units:

Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development

Externally examined, 1.5 hr. examination

Unit 2: Working in Health a Social Care

Externally examined, 1.5-hour examination

Unit 4: Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care

Externally examined, 3-hour examination

Unit 5: Meeting individual Care and Support Needs

Internally assessed portfolio

Unit 7: Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care

Internally assessed portfolio

Unit 8: Promoting public Health

Internally assessed portfolio

Unit 11: Psychological Perspectives

Internally assessed portfolio

Unit 14: Psychological Disorders and their Care

Internally assessed portfolio

Career Opportunities

This qualification is generally taken alongside other qualifications as part of a 2-year programme of learning. This will enable learners to progress to a degree programme chosen from a range of programmes in the health and social care sector. The qualification is intended to carry UCAS points and is recognised by higher education institutions as contributing to meeting admission requirements to many relevant courses. It can be taken alongside, for example:

  • An A Level in Biology, which could lead to a BSc(Hons)in Nursing or Midwifery
  • An A Level in Sociology, which could lead to a BA(Hons)in Social Work
  • An A Level in Psychology, which could lead to a BSc(Hons)in Psychology.

Learners should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes with specific higher education providers.

This Course will provide transferable knowledge and skills that prepare learners for progression to university. The transferable skills that universities value include; the ability to learn independently, the ability to research actively and methodically, being able to give presentations and being an active group member.

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Extra-Curricular Activities

We encourage all students to complete a work placement, alongside their studies to supplement their portfolio work. Over the 2 years we will go on a number of visits to support your portfolios for example a local nursery and Douglas McMillian to name a few.

Psychology (Social Science)

Departmental Vision

All stakeholders are committed to the pursuit of excellence in Social Science with an uncompromising drive and passion to accrue the highest level of achievement and personal development.

Key Stage 5 Psychology

AQA Psychology is a popular subject which is attractive to students because it develops a range of valuable skills, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research. These skills are particularly relevant to young people and are transferable to further study and the workplace. The qualification offers students an engaging and stimulating introduction to the study of psychology, combined with the academic integrity and skills that Higher Education and employers value.  Over the 2 years we aim to;

  • develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other
  • develop and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods
  • develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem-solving skills
  • develop their interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject
  • understand how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society.

Year 1 of this course allows students to begin to develop an understanding of the different topic areas within Psychology. They will examine issues surrounding the functioning of the memory, stress related illnesses, the formation of attachments, the impact of social influence and also attitudes to mental illness. This course also develops students’ understanding of the processes involved in research and analysis; particularly developing skills of critical thinking and evaluation.

Year 2 of the course develops students’ knowledge of Psychology, building on what they have previously learnt. Students will study Social Psychology, Examining Adult Relationships and Biological Psychology (which examines the processes involved in biological rhythms and sleep) and Individual Differences (which focuses on the classification and treatment of a chosen mental disorder). Students are also expected to study Applied Psychology and study issues relating to Forensic Psychology. Throughout the course they will develop their ability to conduct research with a focus on analysis.

Three A Level examination take place at the end of the second year of study. Each examination lasts for 2 hours and each paper is worth 96 marks which equates to 33.3% of the total A Level course:

  • Paper 1. Introductory topics in Psychology.
  • Paper 2. Psychology in context.
  • Paper 3. Issues and options in Psychology.

Career Opportunities

A level Psychology students can continue to study Psychology at university to degree level. Degree courses related to Psychology include for example: Sociology, Criminology, English, Teaching and Social Work. In addition, students can choose to move straight into employment in careers within the Health Service, Care in the Community, Nurseries, Human Resources, Advertising, Policing, Marketing and Journalism.

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Extra-Curricular Activities

Over the course of the 2 years we will be going to Chester Zoo, completing 2, A-level Psychology workshops. Attachment theory and parental Care; building on the works of John Bowlby, Mary Ainsworth and Harry Harlow, we will take a look at attachment in our great apes and explore weaning, maturity and inter-birth intervals. The second workshop is Courtship behaviour looking at why males usually display and compete for female attention and not the other way around. We will discuss courtship and sexual selection and consider a few strange case-studies from the zoo.


Sociology (Social Science)

Departmental Vision

All stakeholders are committed to the pursuit of excellence in Social Science with an uncompromising drive and passion to accrue the highest level of achievement and personal development.

Key Stage 5 Sociology

This AQA course offers an engaging and effective introduction to Sociology. Students develop knowledge and understanding about society and how sociologists study. It will help students understand society's structures, processes and issues. Sociology is exciting, interesting and relevant to students' lives. Over the 2 years the students will be encouraged to;

  • acquire knowledge and a critical understanding of contemporary social processes and social changes
  • appreciate the significance of theoretical and conceptual issues in sociological debate
  • understand and evaluate sociological methodology and a range of research methods through active involvement in the research process
  • develop skills that enable individuals to focus on their personal identity, roles and responsibilities within society
  • develop a lifelong interest in social issues.

Year 1 of this course allows students to begin to develop an understanding of the different topic areas within Sociology. Students will begin to understand the major perspectives in Sociology where they will apply this knowledge to aspects identified in the specification, focusing on the family and education. Students will also begin to understand the scientific element of Sociology by learning about the methods of investigation and analysis within the research methods section of the course.

Year 2 of this course develops students’ knowledge of the sociological perspectives by study units such as Globalisation and Crime and Deviance. Throughout the course they will develop their ability to conduct research, building on their previous knowledge of the methods used to investigate issues within Sociology. In addition, they will conduct a more comprehensive study of the perspectives within Sociology.

Three examinations will be completed at the end of the 2-year course. Each paper will take 2 hours, is worth 80 marks and equates to 33.3% of the total A Level:

  • Paper 1 - Education with Methods in Context.
  • Paper 2 - Topics in Sociology.
  • Paper 3 - Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods.

Career Opportunities

A Level Sociology students can continue with Sociology at university to degree level. Degree courses related to Sociology include Psychology, English, Social Work and many more. In addition, students working towards a career within the Health Service or Police Force would also benefit from a qualification in Sociology. Other related careers are Nursing, Health Care workers, Teaching, working with children and many more.

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