Social Sciences

Department Staff

Miss K Gouldsworthy – Head of Department & Teacher of Psychology

Mrs D Okocha-Ashikegbe – Teacher of Sociology


Social Science is the study of society, and the way in which people behave and influence the world around us. It tell us about the world beyond our immediate experience, and helps to explain how our society works – from the causes of unemployment, to how and why people vote, or what makes us happy.

The Social Sciences Department offers 2 subjects: Psychology and Sociology. Psychology is available at GCSE and A-Level, while Sociology is offered at A-Level only.


Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and its functions, especially those affecting behaviour in a given context. Psychologists aim to investigate why we behave in the way that we do. You may never look at people in the same way again!

The study of psychology provides students with a wide range of skills: assessing psychological approaches, concepts, theories and research.

GCSE Psychology

At GCSE we follow the AQA Specification over 3 years. Students will sit 2 exams at the end of year 11 which contribute equally to the final grade.

The course covers a wide range of topics including: Sex & Gender, Non-Verbal Communication, Aggression, Social Influence, Stereotyping & Prejudice, Learning, Memory and Personality.

As well as these topics students will also learn how to conduct Psychological Research, through the study of Research Methods. Students also have the opportunity to carry out some of their own pieces of research.

A-Level Psychology

You do not need to have studied GCSE Psychology to study at A-Level

At A-Level we follow the AQA Specification over 2 years. Students sit 3 exams at the end their second year of study.

The A-Level course covers the following topics: Memory, Social Influence, Attachment, Biopsychology and Psychopathology. There are also 3 options which will be covered in the second year. These include topics such as: Forensic Psychology, Schizophrenia, Eating Behaviour and Relationships. During the second year students will also be introduced to wider issues and debates within Psychology.

Students also study the different Psychological Approaches to understanding behaviour as well as how to conduct Psychological Research.

A-Level Sociology

At A-Level we follow the AQA specification over 2 years. Students sit 3 exams at the end of their second year of study.

The A-Level course looks at wider issues in society covering the following topics: Education, Family and Households, Beliefs in Society and Crime and Deviance. Students will also cover theory and methods, looking at the different perspectives on society such as feminism, as well as how to conduct Sociological Research.