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Social Sciences

 Members of the Department

Mr S. O’Donnell, Subject leader
Mrs H. Quinn
Mr A. Petty

Email the department: socialsciencesdepartment@uptonhigh.co.uk

Follow us on twitter: @UptonPsychology @UptonSociology

Curriculum                                                                        

Our Aims

We aim to help students become:

  • Knowledgeable; able to explore different ideas and issues and learn how science works.
  • Independent learners; able to learn how to learn, to become curious inquirers and enjoy learning.
  • Critical thinkers; able to consider a range of different perspectives and debate their strengths and limitations.
  • Scientific in the pursuit of knowledge; able to use science to investigate behaviour and to draw tentative conclusions.
  • Caring individuals; to have respect for others, treat others with empathy and compassion.
  • Well balanced individuals; be able to understand themselves and others and to develop intellectually and emotionally.
Characteristics of our Department

The department attracts a high proportion of student entry into the sixth form. Students follow courses leading to AS and A2 Psychology and Sociology. Retention is good between Year 12 and 13 and many students go on to study the Social Sciences at university. The department is a vibrant, successful department where students achieve well. All students are expected to achieve or exceed their target grades and assessment procedures are thorough, standardised and performance is monitored in order to achieve this. Parents/guardians are informed where there is a cause for concern and their support is requested in the process of achieving agreed objectives. 

Course Content: Psychology

All students follow the new AQA syllabus from 2015 (full specification here).

Revision materials at www.loopa.co.uk

The AS/Year 1 component is made up of 2 units. Students are given the opportunity to explore Cognitive Psychology (Memory), Developmental Psychology (Attachments), Approaches in Psychology, Social Psychology (Social Influence) and Psychopathology. In addition the Research Methods module is studied in depth including scientific processes and data handling and analysis.

The A Level/Year 2 component is made up of 2 units. Students are given the opportunity to further explore topics including Biopsychology, Psychology of Relationships, Schizophrenia, Forensic Psychology, Issues and Debates in Psychology and Psychological Research and the Scientific Method.

Students will sit 3 exams at the end of the second year which tests the entire two-year course. 

Assessment 

Students at AS and A Level are required to respond to standard assessment questions at intervals throughout the course and to sit end of unit tests. Students starting the course in year 12 will be assessed as follows;

AS/Year 1:  Students are assessed via 2 written examinations at the end of the course.

A Level/Year 2:  Students are assessed via 3 written examinations at the end of the course. 

To encourage and support students there are "Back on Track" sessions for Psychology on Wednesdays from 3.30pm-4.30pm.

Course Content: Sociology

All students follow the new AQA syllabus from 2015 (full specification here).

The AS/Year 1 component is made up of 2 units. Students are given the opportunity to explore Family and Households, Culture and Identity, Education and Sociological Methods. 

The A Level/Year 2 component is made up of 2 units. Students are given the opportunity to explore topics taken from Mass Media, Crime and Deviance, and Theory and Methods.

Assessment

Students at AS and A Level are required to respond to standard assessment questions at intervals throughout the course and to sit end of unit tests. Students starting the course in year 12 will be assessed as follows;

AS/Year 1: Students are assessed via 2 written examinations at the end of the course.  

A Level/Year 2: Students are assessed via 3 written examinations at the end of the course.  

To encourage and support students there are "Sociology Clinic" sessions on Tuesdays from 3.30pm-4.30pm.