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: