Social Sciences

Have you ever wondered why some people conform? Or whether prison really does change criminal behaviour? Or perhaps if the experiences you had before the age of five really do shape the person you are today?

A-level Psychology will give you an understanding of the way people think and why people behave in certain ways. You will learn a variety of skills including analytical thinking, improved communication, problem solving and many more that will prepare you for an exciting future with the possibility of a range of fantastic careers.

What topics will you study?
  • Social influence
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Approaches in psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Psychopathology
  • Research methods

In the second year you’ll also study:

  • Issues and debates in psychology
  • Cognition and development
  • Schizophrenia
  • Aggression

Some degree courses taken by A level Psychology students include:

  • Psychology
  • English studies
  • Sociology
  • Business studies
  • Teaching
  • Sport and exercise science
  • Law.
Assessment

At A-level there are three exams, each account for one third of your A-level. The three exams last 2 hours and are worth 96 marks each. 25% of these marks come from research methods. The exams consist of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

Entry requirements: Level 5+ in both English, Maths and Science GCSE is highly recommended.

For more information on the course please click here.

Sociology at The Woodroffe School is taught at A level. It asks questions: what is the purpose of society, how has this developed and what factors might bring about change? It explores ideas and attitudes in our society, how these shape our lives, and how our own thoughts and ideas, as well as the thoughts and ideas of others, influence the paths we take. It also looks at different aspects of sociological research and the benefits and drawbacks of differing methods.

Topics covered include Education, Families and Households, Crime and Deviance and Beliefs in Society, along with theories and research methods. It is a subject which will appeal to students who like to analyse, debate and compare ideas, and who are interested in what makes us who we are. It works well alongside studying Humanities, English or other Social Sciences and provides students with skills appropriate for a wide range of university courses.

For more information on the course please click here.

Mrs Ingrams

Mrs Ingrams

Psychology
Mrs Rowe

Mrs Rowe

Sociology