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SOCIAL SCIENCES

KEY STAGE 4

Social Sciences are not taught at Key Stage 4.

KEY STAGE 3

Social Sciences are not taught at Key Stage 3.

KEY STAGE 5

Psychology:

Examination Board: AQA


What is Psychology?

Psychology is the study of the ‘mind and behaviour’ and contains a variety of different approaches for studying these including the psychodynamic approach, learning theories, the cognitive approach, biopsychology and the humanistic approach.


Assessment:

The A level qualification is assessed with three examinations at the end of year two, all equally weighted in marks and 2 hours long. All examinations contain a mix of multiple choice, short answer and extended answer questions.


Topics in Psychology:

  • Social Influence

  • Memory

  • Attachment

  • Psychopathology

  • Approaches

  • Biopsychology

  • Research Methods

  • Schizophrenia

  • Cognition & Development

  • Forensic Psychology

  • Issues & Debates


Sociology:

Examination Board: AQA


What is Sociology?

Sociology is the study of society and how it influences us to become the people we are. It looks at how society works and why people behave as they do.


Assessment:

The A level qualification is assessed with three examinations at the end of year two, all equally weighted in marks and 2 hours long. All examinations contain a mix of short answer and extended answer questions.


Topics in Sociology:

  • Education

  • Research Methods

  • Beliefs in Society

  • Families and Households

  • Crime and Deviance

  • Theory and Methods


Politics:

Examination Board: Edexcel


What is Politics?

Politics is the study of the major functions of government and politics in the UK and the US. The political aspect covers the major components of the democratic process; parties, pressure groups, elections, in both the UK and the US. The Government aspect focuses on how a country is run and the various bodies that work together to govern the UK and the US. The theory behind politics and political parties is also studied. Politics affects everything we do in life and A-Level Politics will give you an understanding of the political environment of our society today.


Assessment:

The A level qualification is assessed with three examinations at the end of year two, all equally weighted in marks and 2 hours long. All examinations are based on extended essay questions.


Topics in Politics:

  • UK Democracy and Participation

  • UK Political Parties

  • UK Electoral Systems

  • UK Voting behaviour

  • UK Parliament

  • UK Relations between institutions

  • US Constitution

  • US Congress

  • US Presidency

  • US Supreme Court

  • Political Ideologies

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