Social Sciences

Introduction

Why do you go to school?

Why do women tend to be the ones to stay at home and look after the children?

Why do you sometimes forget where you put your phone?

Why do you dress the same as your friends?

The social sciences help us to find answers to these questions and many more, by studying people and the societies in which we live.  At St Julian’s  you can study two aspects of the social sciences: sociology and psychology.

Psychology studies behaviour and mental processes, including the problems of individuals’ daily lives and the treatment of mental illness.

Sociology is concerned with the social rules and processes that connect and separate people as individuals, and as members of groups, such as families, schools and workplaces.

Subject Team

Ms Jefferys Mr Thomas Ms Mason
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Key Stage 3

N/A

Key Stage 4

AQA GCSE Sociology.

Key Stage 5

Sociology

At AS you will develop an understanding of the issues associated with Families, with Education and with research methods used in sociology.  At A2 you will develop your understanding of sociology through the study of Global Development, Crime and Deviance and further expand your knowledge of research methods.

Psychology

At AS you will develop a broad knowledge and understanding of five core areas of Psychology, as well as scientific research methods.

1. Cognitive Psychology – specifically the nature of memory

2. Developmental Psychology – young children’s emotional development

3. Biological Psychology – stress and how to cope with it

4. Social Psychology – social influence and obedience

5. Individual Differences – psychopathology and mental illness

At A2 you will bring together explanations from different psychological approaches  to examine a range of topics, including Biological Rhythms and Sleep, Aggression, Gender, Schizophrenia and the psychology of Addiction.  You will also expand your understanding of research methods.

Future pathways

Studying the social sciences provides you with a range of transferable skills that can be applied  to many careers including: Advertising, Management, Personnel, Nursing, Teaching, Police, Prison Service, Social Work, Public Relations and, in the case of psychology, to specific careers in Educational Psychology, Occupational Psychology and Sports Psychology.