Social Sciences

Exam Specification
Health & Social Care GCSE Specification
Health & Social Care A Level Specification
Criminology A Level Specification
Psychology A Level Specification

Curriculum Pathways & Schemes of Work
KS4 HSC Pathway

Key Stage 4

Students who are interested in going into the caring professions have the opportunity in Key Stage 4 to study for a BTEC Level 2 First Award in Health & Social Care, which is equivalent to one GCSE. Health and Social Care has been developed to provide a broad educational basis for further training, further education or for moving into appropriate employment within the health and social care sector.



Sixth Form

Social Science subjects are a popular choice with students in the Sixth Form and are sought-after qualifications for university entry or employment. The Faculty offers the following courses in the Sixth Form:-
BTEC Level 3 in Health and Social Care
A-Level Psychology
A-Level Sociology


The BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care qualifies for UCAS points and is the equivalent to two A-Level subjects. It could be the basis of a degree or BTEC Higher National Diploma in a related subject. With further training and study, students go into careers such as nursing, paramedical work, social work, midwifery and residential care management.


Psychology is the study of human behaviour and the A-Level course will give you an insight into why we behave the way we do. If you are interested in finding out about human behaviour or how the brain works, then psychology could be for you.


Criminology is the study of crime from a social perspective; the causes of crime, the social impact of crime, and the criminals involved in the crime. This is a growing subject nationally and the first Criminology course offered at Level 3. Criminology is rooted in the field of Sociology but also incorporates relevant aspects of Psychology and Law. Learners will study all aspects of criminality from explanations and theories of offending through to the Criminal Justice System and the role of agencies of social control.