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Social Sciences

The Social science department encompasses; Applied Business, Economics, Psychology and Sociology. All subjects focus on the study of society, are only offered at A-Level in the Sixth form.

Applied Business

Applied Business is a course which is both interesting and relevant. Every person in the world is affected by business every single day, be it through employment, investment or simply by buying a can of coke. This course will give you an insight into how businesses operate and what businesses need to do in order to make a profit. It is a tough course but a rewarding one!

There is a lot of individual research in Applied Business; so if you are able to work and study with little supervision and wish to discover the world of business, then this is the course for you.

Economics

Economics is about choice and the impact of our choices. It relates to every aspect of our lives, from the decisions we make as individuals or families to the structures created by governments and firms. Economics is a challenging and dynamic subject taught through a combination of approaches both inside and outside the classroom including presentations, videos, trips and external lectures.

Economics is a highly academic subject and is very well respected by both universities and employers. The skills learnt in economics will prepare you well for careers in economics, law, politics, business and a wealth of others.

The people suited to this course are high achieving individuals, who enjoy Math’s and Science but want also relish essay writing. A course that will help you with a wide range of degree courses from either areas of science or humanities

Check out the following blog for more information http://www.tutor2u.net/blog/index.php/economics

Sociology

“Why are fewer and fewer people getting married?”

“Does being rich make you clever?”

“Should I worry about street crime?” 

If you are interested in the answers to these sorts of questions then Sociology might be the subject for you. Our ‘A’ level course concentrates on family, education, crime and religion.

The type of person who will enjoy Sociology will be someone who is not afraid to discuss new ideas and who is prepared to work at a demanding pace. There is a lot of individual research and reading to do.

Check out the following blogs for a good insight in to the subject matter. http://www.independent.co.uk/biography/owen-jones http://www.guardian.co.uk/profile/pollytoynbee

Psychology

Psychology is a fascinating subject and is one of the most popular subjects both at AS and A2 Level. It is a well-respected  subject by universities and can lead to lots of career choices, such as those in counselling, education, health, clinical and forensic psychology, research, advertising and market research, management, teaching, the Police, IT and so on. We are recognised as a school of excellence in Psychology and students have achieved excellent results in recent years, with a high percentage of grade A/A*-Bs at AS and A2 Level.

Psychology is about understanding human behaviour. It is the study of mind, brain and behaviour. Topics that you learn about while studying psychology are: How does our memory work? Why do we forget things? What causes schizophrenia? Why are people aggressive? What causes addiction? Why do some people become obese? Why do we get stressed and how do we cope?

The type of student that enjoys Psychology is those that are inquisitive about people and behaviour, the subject includes elements found in Biology and Religious Studies.

To find out more have a look at http://bps-research-digest.blogspot.co.uk/