Social Sciences

The Social Sciences Faculty includes a range of fascinating subjects which provide new challenges for study in the Sixth Form.

Economics is a rigorous but rewarding subject as we investigate the fundamental forces which affect our lives, such as employment, prices, international trade and poverty. It is fascinating because it includes the study of how people behave and interact with each other. The dynamic between consumers, businesses and government makes economics an exciting area of study. Economists are often in healthy debate with each other. It is this controversy which makes Economics lively and interesting and which allows you the opportunity to make your own judgements and to form your own opinions.

Student comment:  “Economics is challenging but very rewarding. It really sharpens the brain! It is real life and we are trying to figure it out and debate it in class.”

Law: Students taking AS Law find the subject fast moving and enjoyable. They say that the course can take a while to understand but any grey areas can be discussed and clarified in lessons. It is an interesting and rewarding subject to study. Topics include: Police powers, aims of sentencing, Lawyers – Barristers & Solicitors, voluntary and involuntary manslaughter and murder.

Student comment:  “This course really made me interested in law and I wish to study law at university and become a barrister”

Psychology: Studying Psychology at A-Level involves learning about biological and psychological theories of the human mind and human behaviour.  Psychology uses scientific principles to research human behaviour and draw informed conclusions.  Critical analysis skills are a key component in psychology as each theory is scrutinised as to its effectiveness in explaining the workings of the human mind and how this impacts upon our behaviour.  Psychology aims to answer the question of whether our behaviour is a product of nature, nurture or a mix of both.

Student comment:  ‘I always look forward to psychology lessons as you never know what to expect. The lesson activities are stimulating and challenging.’

Sociology: focuses on the relationship between individuals and the society in which they live. We debate various cultural and identity issues that are present today, and what we predict the future may hold. A wide range of teaching and learning activities are utilised to study interesting topics such as families, education, crime and much more.

Student comments:  ‘Sociology lessons cover lots of things we have experienced in our lives, so makes it easier to understand.’ ‘I enjoy doing the quick check questions testing my knowledge of what we have done in Sociology, so I know I get it’ ‘Sociology relates well to other subjects I do’

Staff Names Staff  Titles
Dr J Carrigan Head of Law & Politics
Mr J Farry Sociology/Psychology
Ms H Witty Head of Economics / Curriculum
Mrs D Wright Head of Sixth Form / Head of Psychology