'I am really glad I took Psychology, I find it really interesting and I like how it applies to real life. Topics such as Forensic Psychology and OCD are fascinating.'
Psychology is a challenging subject that appeals to students as it gives an insight into the processes that affect human behaviour. This makes it relevant for a wide range of career choices, as well as being a rigorous and highly scientific subject to study at A level.
Scientific research studies and procedures are investigated to assess evidence for various theories on a wide range of behaviours, including criminal behaviour and mental illnesses such as schizophrenia. Students are required to evaluate theories using this scientific research in detailed essays for homework and their exams.
Anyone with an inquisitive mind, an interest in human behaviour and a strong work ethic will thrive in Psychology; it is a subject that sits well with a range of students, from those looking into careers in Medicine to students of English Literature: 'I found Psychology so interesting that I am now planning to study it at University!'
How can you help your child in Psychology?
It is essential students spend time every week to go through their notes, textbook, and the online resources available on Moodle. If there is anything they don't understand they must go over this again and ask for further help so as not to get behind.
The AS-Level Sociology course starts with Families & Households, followed by Education with Methods in Context in Term 2 and completing the course in Term 3. To find out more about AS and A2 Sociology please click on the PDF below.
How can you help your child in Sociology?
You can help your child by checking their folder to help them organise their notes, and also to read their progress booklet containing details of assessments and targets for them to work on. When extra reading has been allocated it would be valuable if you discuss the material with your child. The reading will be based on current social themes and phenomena. In doing so you will support in developing interpretive skills, which are essential to the course.
What is sociology?
Sociology is the study of society. It is about all kinds of social relationships that people share with each other; in their families, in their schools and in work. It involves the systematic study and explanation of human social life, groups and societies. Sociologists aim to investigate and understand the social world and human behaviour within it. They are particularly interested in understanding the ways in which society influences us and shapes our lives.
In studying sociology, you will be actively involved in exploring and asking questions about the society in which you live. Studying sociology offers you opportunities to gain a greater understanding of society and to make sense of your own experiences within it. Sociology can be both thought-provoking and challenging because it forces people to rethink some of their common-sense views and assumptions.
Social theory is important in Sociology. It teaches us that there are no right or wrong answers when it comes to studying the way that people live together. What is important for a sociologist is the ability to evaluate evidence and choose between possible explanations.
Would Sociology be right for me?
Good grades in English language and literature are helpful when considering studying sociology, but the most important qualification is a sense of commitment and a willingness to work hard at a subject which can sometimes be difficult to grasp at first.
If you're the type of person who can handle working at a demanding pace, who's not afraid to see the world in a different light and who wants to look deeper into the things we take for granted every day, then sociology is the subject for you!
GCSE Health and Social Care is an ideal qualification for those pupils who want a broad background in health and social care or are considering a career in the care profession. Examples of employment which a GCSE in health and social care might lead to include: nursery nursing, social work, care assistant work and working with children or people with learning difficulties and disabilities.
This Single Award GCSE course is awarded from grades A*- G. The course structure consists of 60% controlled assessment and 40% exam. The course is taken as a Short Fat option and therefore is completed over one year. You will visit a local nursery and gain valuable work experience. This will provide an essential background to both the controlled assessment aspects of the course and support your understanding with exam content.
"I just looked forward to my health and social care lessons because I was really interested in what we were learning. I know now that I'll definitely do something in the future related to the early years sector." - C. Llaca-Valeria
Level 3 Health and Social Care (OCR Cambridge Technical)
“I chose Health and Social Care because I knew I always wanted to work with people with mental illnesses and the subject has really supported my knowledge and understanding of this. I’ve learnt how to interact and communicate with vulnerable people, and about he importance of providing quality care. I found the work experience that I carried out during year 12 was invaluable and I enjoyed working with elderly people – they taught me so much!” - H. Bryan
Health and Social Care is a diverse subject which aims to give students a breadth of knowledge about the care, health and early years sectors. Students engage with topical and relevant issues which surround the development of care in today’s society.
The assessment of the subject includes both coursework and exam. It allows students to develop a range of skills, including practical, research and problem-solving skills which will enable them to make an effective contribution to the care sector.
Health and Social Care provides a good platform for students wishing to studying health or care related subjects, such as nursing or foundation teaching at university.
Child Development and Care is a course that specifically explores the needs of children from birth to five years. You will learn about how different childcare and educational sectors support the developmental needs of children.
If you are interested in working within the early years sector or children in general then this gives you a great starting point to develop and discover key information about child development. Additionally it complements the Health and Social Care course too and you will carry out work experience placements in lesson time. This will be done on rotation basis where you visit one of our network nurseries (Lodge Moor Nursery, Fulwood, Sheffield).
The course structure consists of two coursework components and a multiple-choice exam.
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