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 economic 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 in the marketplace. The dynamic between consumers, multinational corporations and government makes economics an exciting area of study. Economists are often in healthy debate with each other about how best to achieve economic growth, how to reduce inflation, and how to set up new trading agreements, now that BREXIT has led the UK looking for new trading partners. It is this controversy which gives Economics its high public profile, and the lively and interesting debates give you the opportunity to make your own judgements and to form your own personal views.

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 A level 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: The English Legal System, Criminal Law, Tort Law (civil law)and the law of Human Rights.  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: sets out to understand human social behaviour, especially how people behave in small groups, large organisations, communities and even entire societies.  By choosing sociology you will be encouraged to have an independent outlook on social issues such as family and households, schooling, crime and deviance and inequality of wealth.  You will as well have opportunities to carry out your own research projects on these issues.

Sociology will introduce you to the many social investigations there have been into UK society today, the society we all live in and are a part of.  The course will help and encourage you to understand and independently form your own views on your society. Sociology is passionate about investigating ‘social inequality’, especially those social groups in our society that are discriminated against in all sorts of different ways.  Most sociologists aim to make a valuable contribution to changing our society for the better, making it more equal, making a difference to people’s lives. 

Student comments:  ‘Sociology lessons help us think for ourselves, and to write down our views in a clear and persuasive way.’ ‘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
Mrs D Wright Head of Sixth Form / Head of Psychology
Dr J Carrigan Head of Law & Politics
Mr J Farry Head of Sociology and Economics