Psychology

Psychology Curriculum Intent

The subject knowledge in social science has been carefully selected so that it is knowledge that allows students to expand their horizons. Studying sociology offers insights into social and cultural issues. It helps you develop a multi-perspective and critical approach to understanding issues around culture, identity, religion, crime, families and social power. Studying the law allows you to understand how the processes work but also how the power is divided within the UK. In law students learn practical law but also learn about wider issues which are applicable to wider society such as the interaction between law and morals, justice and society and how the law is developing in an increasingly technological world. Psychology develops student’s understanding of key concepts such as mental health, the memory, research methods, analysing data and crime and deviance. Within lessons original source material is used as often as possible to challenge the scholars ability to read and understand high level material and vocabulary. In addition the use of current news articles are used to challenge or explain the knowledge learnt in lessons.

In social science we believe that it is important to help students to understand how their knowledge and they as a person fit into the wider world. As a result we try to draw links to wider world issues wherever possible. Evaluation and analysis is a major part of our courses and we try to encourage the students to become critical learners, questioning what they are being taught as well as questioning why societies structures have been organised in the way they have been. When evaluating we encourage our students to go big. To not just draw narrow conclusions and criticisms but to think about the wider impact and question how society should be, not just how it currently is.

We discuss a large number of sensitive topics within social science and work hard to foster an environment where all opinions can be discussed and either proven or disproven with logic and evidence. We hope to show the students the difference between debating and arguing and we encourage them to expand their world viewpoint and question their own beliefs.

The social science courses help students develop a wide range of transferable skills that assist in other subjects as well as in their future pathways. These include analytical skills, attention to detail, logical thinking, critical thinking, analysis, research skills, essay writing skills and the ability to produce a balanced argument. Links to future careers and the wider opportunities created by studying social science are made explicit.

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