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: Seeks to understand all aspects of human social behaviour, including small groups of people, large organisations, communities and even entire societies.  By choosing sociology you will be encouraged to have an independent outlook on social issues such as crime and deviance and inequality of wealth.  You will as well have opportunities to carry out your own research projects.

Sociology is the study of human groups and social life in modern societies. It is concerned with understanding social institutions. such as ‘the family’, and the education system. It tries to understand how these institutions operate and how they relate with one another e.g.  the family might influence how well children perform in the education system. Sociology is also concerned with describing and explaining the patterns of inequality, deprivation and conflict which feature in societies.

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 Sociology