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Health & Social Care
Health and Social Care is a broad and diverse course that covers a wide spectrum of issues and debates across one’s health and wellbeing. Studied at KS4 and 5, the course explores the Physical, Emotional, Intellectual and Social development over the life course. This is based on theoretical research and contemporary understanding; and it responds to the changing needs of society.
Coupled with this is an in-depth exploration of the health care system and the different layers of care available. It explores the systems in place for meeting peoples needs, the levels of care people receive and the legal and political aspects that shape our health care system.
The course allows for our young people to explore matters that are very close to them, and work in a safe space to challenge issues in society and advocate for change. The nature and structure of the course allow for progression over time with a combination of coursework and examination modules.
The BTEC pathway is a rigorously assessed route at KS4 and 5 to allow students to progress onto many university-based pathways, as well as apprenticeships and work-based training.
Please click on the link below to view the Curriculum Map for Health & Social Care.
The intent of the Sociology curriculum is to enable students to participate in our globalised society with understanding, and gain the higher-level skills needed for the knowledge-based, ever changing economies and societies. Through the study of Sociology, students will examine social phenomena that affect people’s lives in profound ways. The course is designed and delivered to nurture thoughtful and motivated people, who can act responsibly as active citizens and who believe in their ability to change their community for the better. The Sociology curriculum challenges students to look beyond facades and appearances and set aside their own personal beliefs to enable them to grow by understanding societies (The World) from various viewpoints with objectivity. It empowers students with intellectually challenging ideas, varying concepts and essential skills of critical thinking. We encourage students to debate and challenge opinions, so they succeed in being resilient and tolerant.
The course responds to the changes in societal structure including media, politics and governance; it is grounded in rigorous theoretical and philosophical ideologies and projections, and allows students to become empathetic, analytical and confident individuals.
Please click on the link below to view the Curriculum Map for Sociology.
Psychology is a popular and contemporary discipline that seeks to combine the scientific nature of human biology with the integrated study of the mind as a largely unknown entity. The structure of the course breaks down our lives and social understanding into key components that impact life in contemporary society, with popular modules covering memory, social influence, changing nature of relationships and the motivations behind aggressive behaviour. Students gain a holistic understanding of how upbringing, and biological influences impact on behaviour and what laws and generalisations can be made. There is a large scope of the course dedicated to Bio Psychology and Neuro Cognitive Functioning that allows us to explore the scientific functioning of the brain and how this helps us understand psychology conditions.
The theoretical and research-based work is heavily dedicated to explore mental health and psychological disorders, with specific topics focussing on depression, OCD and Schizophrenia. We study leading research and revolutionary practice, as well as critically debate the somewhat controversial characters of none other than Sigmund Freud!
Many universities now view Psychology as a ‘natural science’, and we are always in popular demand as a Post 16 choice. Students leave Psychology with critical skills in analysis and evaluation; an acute understanding of the complexity of the human mind, and the impact society has on human functioning; and an ability to deeply question the validity of work they are exposed to.