Welcome to Social Science!
The department offers two subjects at post 16 – Psychology and Sociology.
The department has been judged by the leadership team and OFSTED to be consistently outstanding. The Social Science team firmly believes that all students are capable of great things and they set about instilling a growth mindset right from the beginning of their courses.
For an understanding of growth mindset follow this link: Growth mindset video
Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and behaviour and is therefore directly related to people’s everyday lives. It is an intriguing subject as it tries to explain why people behave as they do. As part of the course you will investigate psychological themes such as prejudice, schizophrenia, memory, aggression, brain structure and factors influencing eye witness testimony and jury decision making.
The course will enable students to:
- develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other
- develop and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods
- develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem-solving skills
- develop interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject
- appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society.
At Cheam High school Psychology is taught in a fun and active way, using a range of teaching styles that both support and stretch you. Social Science teachers are great believers in putting psychological theory into action when you are taught. For example, they give you some brilliant tools to revise effectively. Examination technique is given high priority and exam results are consistently outstanding.
Sociology is the systematic study of society and human behaviour. Sociology is an exciting and lively subject, which will be relevant to you. Topics studied include: childhood, family diversity, personal life, social inequality, differences in educational achievement, the relationship between the media and crime, and the effects of globalisation on families, education, religion and crime. Sociology encourages you to question and reflect upon things which others may take for granted.
The course will enable students to:
- acquire knowledge and a critical understanding of contemporary social processes and social changes
- appreciate the significance of theoretical and conceptual issues in sociological debate
- understand and evaluate sociological methodology and a range of research methods through active involvement in the research process
- develop skills that enable individuals to focus on their personal identity, roles and responsibilities within society
- develop a lifelong interest in social issues.
The Sociology department offers a diverse and fun learning experience including games, debates, ICT, quizzes independent research, and critical thinking. You will find you are well supported with resources and extra help when needed outside of lessons. The department expects the very highest of standards from students and examination results are consistently outstanding.
We follow the Edexcel AS and A level specifications. The course is taught for five hours a week, with each lesson lasting one hour. The syllabus offers a grounding in classical and contemporary theories and studies, with interesting practicals and statistical analysis throughout. The course is assessed through examination only. These exams contain a mixture of short answer and extended writing questions.
The topics studied are: Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Biological Psychology, Learning Theories, Clinical Psychology, Criminal Psychology and Issues and Debates.
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The AQA AS and A level specifications are followed. The course is taught for five hours a week, with each lesson lasting one hour. The course is assessed through examination only. These exams contain a mixture of short answer and extended writing questions.
The topics studied are: Education with Theory and Methods; Families and Households; Beliefs in Society; Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods.
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Enrichment and extra-curricular activities
The department offers a number of enrichment opportunities, amongst others:
- Social Science Clinic
- Psychology Society
- lectures you can attend at local universities such as UCL, LSE and Surrey
- exhibitions you can attend at venues such as the Wellcome Collection, the Science Museum, the Photographers Gallery and the Freud Museum.
- plays you can watch such as the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time
- specialist A level Psychology, Sociology and Criminology conferences
- subscriptions to special A level Psychology and Sociology magazines
- contributing to a contemporary Psychology and Sociology news board
- support with UCAS applications.
A number of students have shown great ability, effort, willingness to share ideas and contribute to the department in an ambassadorial way.
This ‘going the extra mile’ attitude has resulted in them receiving Jack Petchey awards.
Further study and career
Both Psychology and Sociology prove to be hugely popular in the sixth form. High numbers of students continue their studies by following courses such as: Psychology, Sociology, Social Science, Criminology, Forensic Psychology, Forensic Science, Social Work, Childhood and Youth Studies, Primary Education, Sports Psychology and Counselling.
Following graduation past students have entered, amongst others, the following careers: teaching, criminology, forensic science, counselling, medicine, management, marketing, BBC, psychologist, civil service, nursing, social work, youth work, journalism and law.
A link to the most recent department review for Social Sciences can be found here.
Meet our staff here.