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GCSEs in Social Sciences

GCSE Psychology

Exam board: Pearson Edexcel
Course code: 1PSO
Contact: Miss Williams | jwilliams@retfordoaks-ac.org.uk

Psychology is the study of ‘the human mind and behaviour’ so looks at a number of factors such as your memory, your dreams, criminal behaviour and our behaviour in a group. If you would like to go into any job that involves working with people, then psychology is the subject for you!
Have you ever wondered what makes you tick? How your brain works? Maybe you’re interested in understanding other people better. Whatever your interest in other people’s or your own behaviour is, you will find some interesting answers in psychology, as well as opportunities to develop more questions that you want answered!

The GCSE course covers a wide range of approaches to human behaviour in psychology, and investigates behaviours such as aggression, learning, memory, attention, language, culture and groups.

The course specifically looks at criminal behaviour and mental health alongside well known debates in psychology such as ‘is psychology a science?’ and ‘nature versus nurture’.

What will I study?

Students are encouraged through a range of teaching techniques to develop responsibility for their own learning. In lessons you will encounter discussions, debates, presentations, videos, lectures, research and experiments to create a varied and interesting learning environment. We also offer extracurricular trips to the magistrates’ court in Nottingham, and to London Zoo to investigate phobias.

How will I be assessed?

  • Exam paper one – 1hr 45min
  • Exam paper two – 1hr 20min

Course outcomes

1 x GCSE (grades 9-1)

GCSE Sociology

Exam board: Eduqas
Course code: C200QS
Contact: Miss Williams | jwilliams@retfordoaks-ac.org.uk

Sociology is the scientific study of society, patterns of social relationships, social interaction, and culture of everyday life. It is a social science that uses various methods of empirical investigation and critical analysis to develop a body of knowledge about social order, acceptance, and change or social evolution. While some sociologists conduct research that may be applied directly to social policy and welfare, others focus primarily on refining the theoretical understanding of social processes. Subject matter ranges from the micro-sociology level of individual agency and interaction to the macro level of systems and the social structure.

What will I study?

  • Social structures, social processes and social issues
  • Families and households
  • Education
  • Crime and deviance
  • Social stratification

How will I be assessed?

  • Exam paper one – 1hr 45min
  • Exam paper two – 1hr 45min

Course outcomes

1 x GCSE (grades 9-1)

Level 1/2 Child Development

Exam board: OCR
Course code: J818
Contact: Mrs H Allison | hallison@retfordoaks-ac.org.uk

This course is for students who wish to develop applied knowledge and practical skills in Child Development. It is designed with both practical and theoretical elements, which will prepare students for future qualifications in Childcare, Health and Social Care, Psychology, Sociology and Biology.

What will I study?

  • Health and well-being for child development
  • Understand the equipment and nutritional needs of children from birth to five years
  • Understand the development of a child from birth to five years

How will I be assessed?

There are two internally-assessed units with practical task-based assessments. Each task is worth 25% of the final mark. There is a terminal examination unit covering topics such as responsibilities of parenthood, contraception and reproduction, antenatal health, delivery illnesses and child safety. This is worth 50% of the marks available.

Course outcomes

1 x Cambridge Nationals Certificate Level 1 or 2 (Pass, Merit, Distinction, Distinction*)

What careers could I pursue?

There are many jobs available in the child care industry, including teaching, nursery nursing and day care centres.

Level 1/2 Health and Social Care

Exam board: OCR
Course code: J811
Contact: Mrs Z Hunt | zhunt@retfordoaks-ac.org.uk

This course is for students who have a keen interest in all aspects of health and care related areas – providing essential knowledge, transferable life skills and contributions to personal development, employability and economic wellbeing. It will prepare students for further qualifications in Health and Social Care, Biology, Sociology and Psychology.

What will I study?

  • Essential values of care for use with individuals in care settings
  • Communicating and working with individuals in health, social care and early years settings
  • Understanding body systems and disorders
  • Understanding life stages

How will I be assessed?

There are three internally assessed coursework based units, each worth 25% of the final marks.
There is also a 1hr written exam paper, also worth 25% of the final marks, covering topics such as individual rights, values, personal hygiene, safety.

Course outcomes

1 x Cambridge Nationals Certificate Level 1 or 2 (Pass, Merit, Distinction, Distinction*)

What careers could I pursue?

This course would lead to a diverse range of careers, including:

  • midwifery
  • paramedic
  • probationary services
  • physiotherapy
  • social work
  • nursing
  • dentistry
  • medicine
  • care work
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