Sociology & Psychology

The Department of Sociology & Psychology has a track record of helping students to achieve great results. We were extremely pleased with last summer’s results, and are very proud of our students’ achievements.

2016 Results A*-E
A-Level Sociology:100%
A-Level Psychology:100%

We offer the following qualifications
Psychology at AS and Full A-Level
Sociology at GCSE, AS and Fill A-Level

If you answer Yes to these questions sociology and/or psychology is for you.

  • Do you enjoy discussing why we do the things we do?
  • Are you able to listen to two sides of an argument?
  • Do you enjoy giving your opinion in discussions and debates?
  • Do you what to improve your communication and critical thinking skills?

Sociology & Psychology Department
Vision statement:
A department which works together to empower students to open their eyes to the world and explore challenging ideas in a safe and relaxed environment, encouraging within them excellent academic progress and personal growth.


Mission statement:

  • We create a safe environment where students are allowed to develop their values and discuss preconceived ideas in a non-judgement way.
  • We create a sense of friendship and support allowing self-confidence, respect of others, respect for others and self-esteem to grow.
  • We support students to acquire a sense of resilience when faced with problem solving.
  • We encourage students not to accept facts at face value, but develop the skills to analyse and evaluate all aspects of themselves and society.
  • We equip students to be creative, spontaneous, moral individuals who will contribute to society in a positive way.

Values
We are tolerant of others views.
We transform the way that young people think.
We care about the needs of our students.
We have a strong sense of teamwork and responsibility.
We are honest, humorous and nurturing.
We have a strong sense of equality and equity.
We are respectful, supportive and open minded.

What is Sociology?

Sociology is the study of society.  A sociology student like you would examine the way in which society shapes people’s values, their education, careers and roles that they play in life.

Sociologists examine certain trends in society like the crime rate or the divorce rate for example, and attempt sot just to describe these aspects of our society but also to explain how and why these changes happen.

If you have ever thought about the following questions you will probably be interested in the study of Sociology.

  • Why has crime increased?
  • Is marriage outdated?
  • Does education fail boys?

These and many other questions about Society will be studied and discussed within the course.  You will learn about the influences on people’s behaviour and you will be encouraged to look at your own views and attitudes regarding these topics.

What can sociology offer me?

  • You will develop a wide range of knowledge and understanding about society, and how sociologists study and understand its structures, processes and issues.
  • You will find Sociology exciting, interesting and relevant to your life.
  • You will be encouraged to take a questioning approach to evidence and issues, thus developing your critical, evaluative skills.

What you will study

  • Studying society – How sociologists study society, social structures e.g. the family, social processes e.g. socialisation and social issues e.g. inequality.
  • Families – Types of families, changing patterns of marriage and divorce and family structure.
  • Education – The structure of the education system, variations in educational attainment and the functions of education.
  • Crime and Deviance – The difference between crime and deviance, explanations for crime and deviance, the usefulness of official crime statistics, the significance of crime and deviance on victims and society.
  • Mass Media – The mass media and new technology, the influence of the mass media on an individual’s identity, the mass media and power, the mass media and stereotyping and how media report social issues.
  • Power – Participation in the political process, political power and authority, government policies to tackle social issues, the politics of the welfare state and power relationships in everyday life.
  • Social Inequality- Stratification and the unequal distribution of wealth, income, status and power,  social class and life chances

How you will be assessed

Unit 1: Studying Society; Education; Families
Written Paper – 1 hour 30 mins
90 marks – 50%
Three Compulsory topic areas
Topic 1 – Candidates answer all questions.
Topic 2 and 3 – You answer six compulsory questions and one question from a choice of two.

Unit 2: Crime and Deviance; Mass Media; Power; Social Inequality
Written Paper – 1 hour 30 mins
90 marks – 50%
You choose three topic areas from four options
For each topic area chosen, you answer six compulsory questions and one question from a choice of two.

Where sociology might take you in the future
Students who do GCSE Sociology will be prepared when moving on to AS and A-Level Sociology.
Studying Sociology will improve your career prospects in many fields such as:

  • Law and police.
  • Media research, advertising and journalism.
  • Teaching, social and welfare work, nursing, medicine and teaching, and any job where liaison with people is a key aspect.
  • Personnel work, business analysts and market research.
  • Civil service and local government research and policy making.

What does the course contain?

The AS and A- Level courses include the following areas of study:
AS & Year 1 A-Level

  • Education & Methods In Context
  • Families & households
  • Research methods

Year 2 A-Level

  • Crime and deviance
  • Theory & methods
  • Beliefs in society

WHAT DO WE EXPECT FROM SIXTH FORM SOCIOLOGISTS?

  • A willingness to read and use library facilities
  • Excellent attendance
  • Meeting deadlines
  • Ability to work independently
  • Preparation for lessons
  • Participation during discussions

Relevance to future careers
The Study of Sociology gives students a valuable insight into how both individuals and groups of people are influenced by society.  All careers that involve working with people such as those below offer potential to the A-Level Sociology student.

Social work
Police service
Nursing
Human resources
Teaching
Occupational therapy
Prison service
Social services
Advertising
Media
Probation officer

Assessment

There are two exams at AS each worth 50% of your AS qualification. Each exam lasts for 1 hour 30 minutes and is worth 60 marks.
The exams consist of short answer and extended writing questions.

At A-level there are three exams, each account for one third of your A-level. The three exams last 2 hours and are worth 80 marks each. The exams consist of a mixture of short answer and extended writing questions.

Entry requirements
You don’t need prior knowledge of sociology, but you will need a C Grade or above in English and maths. This is because the course involves extensive reading and writing of essays and interpretation of data.


What is Psychology?

Psychology is often defined as the scientific study of the mind and behaviour.

Psychology is a science and students will study psychological research and scientific methods together with analysing and exploring the human mind and how it affects behaviour.

An analytical and evaluative mind is an essential skill together with mathematical ability in order to grasp statistical techniques. You will also need to enjoy reading and writing essays and have the ability to examine different theories from a critical perspective

If you have ever thought about the following questions you will probably be interested in the study of Psychology

  • Why do people behave the way they do?
  • Why does the way you think affect the way you behave?
  • Why is your behaviour affected by others?

These and many other questions about human behaviour will be studied during the course.

What can psychology offer me?

  • You will develop a wide range of knowledge and understanding about human behaviour, and how psychologists study and understand it.
  • You will find psychology exciting, interesting and relevant to your life.
  • You will be encouraged to take a questioning approach to evidence and issues, thus developing your critical, evaluative skills.

What does the course contain? 

The AS and A-Level courses include the following areas of study:

AS & Year 1 A-Level

  • Social influence
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Approaches in psychology & biopsychology
  • Psychopathology
  • Research methods.

Year 2 A-Level 

  • Issues & debates in psychology
  • Research methods
  • Relationships
  • Eating behaviour
  • Forensic psychology

WHAT DO WE EXPECT FROM SIXTH FORM PSYCHOLOGISTS?

  • A willingness to read and use library facilities
  • Excellent attendance
  • Meeting deadlines
  • Ability to work independently
  • Preparation for lessons
  • Participation during discussions

Relevance to future careers

The study of psychology provides a useful foundation for any degree course. It is also relevant for any job which requires inter-personal skills.

Social work
Police service
Nursing
Educational psychology
Human resources
Teaching
Psychotherapy
Prison service
Social services
Marketing
Law
Clinical psychology

Assessment
There are two exams at AS each worth 50% of your AS qualification. Each exam lasts 1 hour 30 minutes and is worth 72 marks. The exams consist of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

At A-level there are three exams, each account for one third of your A-level. The three exams last 2 hours and are worth 96 marks each. The exams consist of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

Entry requirements
You don’t need prior knowledge of psychology but you will need a C grade or above in English and maths .This is because the course involves extensive reading and writing of essays and interpretation of data. 10% of each paper will also test maths skills.

Useful Links for Sociology:

AQA Sociology website for AS & A-Level http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/sociology/as-and-a-level/sociology-7191-7192

AQA website for GCSE http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/sociology/gcse/specification-4190

Revise Sociology http://linkis.com/revisesociology.com/eDRMK

Sociology central http://www.sociology.org.uk/cload.htm

The Earlham Sociology Pages http://www.earlhamsociologypages.co.uk/

Thinking Allowed http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qy05

Useful Links for Psychology:

AQA Psychology website for AS & A-Level http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/psychology/as-and-a-level/psychology-7181-7182

Loopa Psychology Revision http://www.loopa.co.uk/

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