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Sociology

Sociology forms the basis for training in many of the following fields: human resources, teaching, criminology, social work, armed forces, local government, health care and business management.

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Course Details
Type of Qualifcation: AS/A2
Exam Board: AQA
Requirements: GCSE Grade 5 in English and Grade 4 in Science
Course Content

• Paper 1: Education, Theory and Research Methods
• Paper 2: Family Sociology and Mass Media
• Paper 3: Crime, Deviance, Theory and Methods

Sociology is an essay based subject and will develop students´ analytical and evaluative skills, as well as their understanding of current affairs.
Style Of Assessment
This subject is assessed by exams, there is no coursework. A Level students will complete three modules consisting of 3 x 2 hour papers.

Whose kind of course?
Anyone who has an interest in contemporary social and political affairs such as changes in society relating to marriage, divorce, educational policies, crime and deviance and belief systems.

Sociology studies society from different theoretical viewpoints and students will be required to compare and contrast these alternative perspectives in a balanced and informed manner. Students who enjoy discussion and debating will enjoy this subject. Students develop evaluative and analytical skills that are transferrable to many other subjects and careers.

Stretch and challenge – Aiming for the best grade.
Students are encouraged to research and further investigate all topics covered, using text books, documentaries, sociology websites and news and current affairs programmes. Attendance at sociology conferences is encouraged. Students improve their learning by engaging in their own primary research covering topics and methods they will be studying.
Career Prospects
Sociology forms the basis for training in many of the following fields: human resources, teaching, criminology, social work, armed forces, local government, health care and business management.
Psychology

Psychology is relevant for any career involving contact with people e.g. Social Work, Education, Advertising, Medicine, Business, management and specialisms in Psychology.

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Course Details
Type of Qualifcation: A Level
Exam Board: AQA
Requirements: GCSE Grade 6 or higher in Mathematics, English and Science
Course Content

A Level: 2 years

Paper 1: Social influence, Memory, Attachment, Psychopathology


Paper 2: Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology, Research methods


Paper 3: Issues and debates in Psychology


Optional content: one from each option

Option 1:Relationships, Gender or Cognition and Development

Option 2:Schizophrenia, Eating Behaviour or Stress

Option 3:Aggression, Forensic Psychology or Addiction

Style Of Assessment

At A Level: three papers. The exams last 2 hours each and consist of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

Whose kind of course?

Anyone interested in why people behave the way they do. Psychology is the scientific study of the Mind and Behaviour. Psychological theories and knowledge are based on relevant, accurate research and form the basis for practical applications that affect our lives in all areas of performance, for example in education, childcare, sport, medicine and the workplace.

 

Psychology develops skills of numeracy and literacy, and therefore combines well with science and arts/humanities subjects.

 

Stretch and challenge – Aiming for A*

 

• Wider reading or more in-depth independent research, and students are expected to feed back to peers

• The ability to analyze theories and research with respect to relevant issues, debates and approaches to psychology, and to understand research as a scientific process.

• The expertise in designing psychological research and applying statistical tests in order to analyze data.
Career Prospects
Psychology is relevant for any career involving contact with people e.g. Social Work, Education, Advertising, Medicine, Business, management and specialisms in Psychology.
BTEC Health and Social Care

The subjects and transferable skills taught in BTEC Applied Psychology directly relate to the world of work and would give you a competitive advantage in psychology careers. Some options would include Child Care, Counselling, Mental Illness Work, Health Care, Teaching and Education, Human Resources, Social Work in the Criminal Justice Sector.

 The independent study skills developed on this course are advantageous for higher education due to the level of independent research required.

*Please note: some students wanting to go into nursing/midwifery should check university websites to see if they accept this course as different institutions have different views*


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Course Details
Type of Qualifcation: BTEC
Exam Board: Pearson
Requirements: GCSE Grade 4 in English and Biology
Course Content

The BTEC Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care covers a wide range of topics including elements of Psychology and Sociology and applies these to real life settings such as early years’ education and residential care to name just a few.

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care aims to provide an introduction the sector. It is for learners who are interested in learning about the health and social care sector as part of a balanced study programme. It is equivalent in size to one A Level.

Students explore the human life span, with a particular focus on child development. They also look in detail at specific job roles in health and social care and learn how they work together. Students also create an individual care plan for a ‘client’ in a sector they are interested in.

Style Of Assessment

50% Exam, 50% Coursework


Mandatory Units

Optional (TBC based on students)

Unit 1 – The Human Life Span (exam)

Unit 2 – Working in Health and Social Care (exam)

Unit 3 – Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs (coursework)

Sociological Perspectives

Psychological Perspectives

Psychological Disorders and their care

Working with students with additional needs

Whose kind of course?

This course is designed for students who wish to continue post-16 education through applied learning in the health and social care sector, with the aim to progress to higher education, apprenticeship or a job role. There are opportunities to develop employability skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, adaptability and self-development.

The course suits students who work well independently and enjoy learning about human interactions.

Skills developed:

·         cognitive and problem-solving skills: use critical thinking, approach non-routine problems applying expert and creative solutions, use systems and technology

·         intrapersonal skills: communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation

·         interpersonal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development

Career Prospects

The subjects and transferable skills taught in BTEC Applied Psychology directly relate to the world of work and would give you a competitive advantage in psychology careers. Some options would include Child Care, Counselling, Mental Illness Work, Health Care, Teaching and Education, Human Resources, Social Work in the Criminal Justice Sector.

 The independent study skills developed on this course are advantageous for higher education due to the level of independent research required.

*Please note: some students wanting to go into nursing/midwifery should check university websites to see if they accept this course as different institutions have different views*


BTEC Applied Psychology

The subjects and transferable skills taught in BTEC Applied Psychology directly relate to the world of work and would give you a competitive advantage in psychology careers. Some options would include Child Care, Counselling, Mental Illness Work, Health Care, Teaching and Education, Sports Psychology/Sports Therapy, Physiotherapy, Management, Biology, Work in the Criminal Justice Sector.

The independent study skills developed on this course are advantageous for higher education due to the level of independent research required.


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Course Details
Type of Qualifcation: BTEC
Exam Board: Pearson
Requirements: Grade 4 in Maths, Science, English
Course Content

Psychology is the scientific study of minds and behaviour. As such, it is a part of our everyday lives. An understanding of human behaviour is fundamental to many jobs in society and these areas are explored in depth in the course.

Students will explore how psychological research is carried out as well as understanding the different psychological approaches including cognitive, biological and behavioural ideas. They will also investigate the causes of addiction and stress as well as explore treatment methods for a range of mental health conditions.

Course Requirement: An interest and passion for learning about people and desire to debate and discuss different viewpoints. A minimum of a Grade 4 in Science, English and Maths.


Style Of Assessment

Mandatory Units

 

1 – Psychological Approaches and Application (External Assessment)

 

2 – Psychological Research (Internal Assessment)

 

3 – Health Psychology (External Assessment)

 

 

Optional Units-

(Internal assessment) 1: Bu

1 unit out of the following:

-       Sports Psychology

-       Criminal Psychology

-       Psychopathology

-       Child Development


Students are assessed through written exams and project work as well as detailed pieces of course work and reports.

 

Whose kind of course?

This course is designed for students who wish to continue post-16 education through applied learning in the psychology sector, with the aim to progress to higher education. There are opportunities to develop employability skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, adaptability and self-development.

The course suits students who work well independently and enjoy learning about human interaction and child development as well as more specialised areas such as sports psychology and criminology.


Career Prospects

The subjects and transferable skills taught in BTEC Applied Psychology directly relate to the world of work and would give you a competitive advantage in psychology careers. Some options would include Child Care, Counselling, Mental Illness Work, Health Care, Teaching and Education, Sports Psychology/Sports Therapy, Physiotherapy, Management, Biology, Work in the Criminal Justice Sector.

The independent study skills developed on this course are advantageous for higher education due to the level of independent research required.


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