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Social Sciences

Head of Psychology Mr M Hyde
Head of Sociology Mrs C Chapman

 

Social Sciences consist of Psychology and Sociology at Chelmer Valley. Both subjects can be studied in the Sixth Form at Key Stage Five. 

Psychology

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Psychology is one of the most popular subjects studied in the sixth form and the third most popular A-level in the UK.  Now fully classified as a science, psychology offers opportunities to study the human mind and behaviour through a series of modules, including work on:

  • Memory - what makes us remember or forget?
  • The development of attachments - how do we learn to form bonds with others?
  • Social influence - how do other people affect you?
  • Research methods - how do psychologists carry out research?
  • Approaches in psychology - how do different approaches explain human behaviour?
  • Relationships - why do some last while others don't?
  • Abnormality - what is normal or abnormal, and how do psychologists explain eating disorders?

The course also promotes independent learning skills, critical thinking skills, effective group work and practical research skills.  As such, psychology fits in well with just about any combination of A-level subjects as well as preparing students for a wide range of Higher Education and career opportunities.

The department has good resources, including textbooks, interactive lessons using a variety of teaching & learning styles and has a good record of achievement in the examinations.

The skills that you will be assessed on are:

    • AO1 Knowledge and understanding of science and of How Science Works
    • AO2 Application of knowledge and understanding of science and of How Science Works
    • AO3 How Science Works – Psychology (Designing, carrying out and evaluating research)

Homework

You will be expected to do at least one hour's homework and/or preparation after each lesson. Some of this work will involve reading and summarising key points from the textbook or other sources, answering examination questions, completing tables or analysis, or preparing for class activities such as discussions, group work or role play.

Sociology

 

Sociology is an increasingly popular A-level choice at Chelmer Valley.  Considered a social science, Sociology offers opportunities to study the way people and society interact through a number of modules, including:

  • Family and Households
  • Education
  • Sociological methods
  • Mass Media
  • Crime and Deviance

The course also promotes independent learning skills, critical thinking skills, effective group work and practical research skills.  As such, sociology fits in well with just about any combination of A-level subjects as well as preparing students for a wide range of Higher Education and career opportunities.

The department has good resources, including textbooks, interactive lessons using a variety of teaching & learning styles and has a good record of achievement in the examinations.

The skills that you will be assessed on

  • AO1 Description (knowledge and understanding)
  • AO2 Evaluation (analysis and evaluation of concepts and ideas)

Homework

You will be expected to do at least one hour's homework and/or preparation after each lesson.  Some of this work will involve reading and summarising key points from the textbook or other sources, answering examination questions, completing tables or analysis, or preparing for class activities such as discussions, group work or role play.