Social Science

Ethos and Overview

Social Science is an umbrella term that explores aspects of human society. Social Science shapes our lives, usually without us even being aware of it. For example, humans abide by laws, such as, it is illegal to steal (Law), which is ingrained into our norms and values by which we live (Sociology). These norms and values are maintained, discussed and, in some cases with the help of the legal system, changed by Politicians in response to the general public’s changing views (Politics). Those of us who do not readily adopt these norms and values are seen as ‘abnormal’ (Psychology). Finally, we have agencies to help integrate people back into society via supporting strategies (Health & Social Care). Social Science explores all aspects and reasons for the way human society exists as it does.

The Social Science Faculty takes pride in delivering creative lessons with rigour and passion - this is reflected in our successful exam results and value added scores. Our aim is to ensure that you develop the necessary skills required for you to reach your full potential. Each subject has created their own website to ensure students have access to outstanding resources and the Faculty has an ‘open door’ policy in supporting student’s educational needs.

The Faculty has a successful intake of students with at least 1 in 3 students taking a Social Science subject. Our results in all subjects are above the national average. In addition we offer a wide range of extra-curricular e.g. students are involved in ‘Social Science in the News’, Social Science Student Council and the Social Science Club for KS4 students which give students the chance to carry out research and mock trials. Furthermore students have succeeded in Essex competitions such as Mock Trials and Social Science Quiz run by Essex University.

In conclusion, we uphold the ethos that it is important for all students to study the Social Sciences because the knowledge gained can help us create better societies e.g. How can we reduce prejudice? How has drug therapy revolutionised mental health? Who was at fault during the London Riots in 2011? How can we improve eyewitness testimonies? Why are pressure groups so important? Do we live in a true democracy? What impact has community care had on society? And so on.


How can you help your child in Social Science?

We recognise that Social Science will be a new subject for students at KS4 & 5. We also recognise that not all parents would have studied one of our subjects in their life time. However there are some practical tips to ensure your child gains the most effective experience in their studies:

  • Speak to your child and find out what they covered in class that day – if you understand the work that your child is completing, then your child understands the work!
  • Students will always have work to do, whether it is reading, research, practicing exam questions or general revision. Students will be given, on average, between 3-5 hours a week of homework. You can help by asking what work has been set. Can you help with it? Are their notes organised? Are they revising throughout the year?
  • Is your child on target? – All students will be given their personal target grade and targets to reach their full potential. These targets will vary during the course of the year. Ask your child what their targets are? How do they intend to meet these targets? Are their assignment grades meeting or exceeding their targets? If not, what steps is your child taking to ensure they are back on track?
  • Social Science is a subject that is constantly changing. It is essential that your child has an understanding of current affairs. It is important that your child keeps up-to-date by reading and researching the following:


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