Social Sciences

Social sciences comprises of:

  • Health and social care 
  • Psychology 
  • Sociology

These subjects are offered at Key Stage 5 only (Sixth Form).

Please click on the section below for information about each subject.

Sixth Form

For more information about these subject at KS5, please click here to view the relevant subject leaflet at the bottom of the page.

Health and Social Care

Are you interested in the health, social care, children and young people and community justice sectors? Do you care about yourself and others in society? Would you like to learn how to use and develop your care and communication skills?

This course introduces you to key concepts and a body of knowledge that will provide you with an invaluable and thoughtful perspective on contemporary issues in health, social care, children and young people and community justice. It complements other A level studies and equips you with skills needed for higher education and the world of work. It reflects job opportunities relevant to work across all the four areas of health, social care, children and young people and community justice.


Psychology is a popular subject which is attractive to students because it develops a range of valuable skills, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research. These skills are particularly relevant to young people and are transferable to further study and the workplace.

The AQA qualification offers students an engaging and stimulating introduction to the study of psychology, combined with the academic integrity and skills that Higher Education and employers value.

As a growing subject, psychology offers a wide range of future careers: health, clinical, forensics, neuro, occupational, education, sport and exercise, academia, research and teaching. Further information into the field of psychology can be found on the British Psychological Society (BPS) website.


Most people are interested in social issues. Newspapers and television programmes explore subjects like crime and punishment, whether in serious debate or soap operas. As well as being interesting, such issues are important for understanding our social world and planning for its future. What is needed is not opinions based on impressions and prejudice, but ways of studying society in a systematic way, in order to find out how it really operates and what the facts are behind the arguments. This is what sociologists try to do. They study society and attempt to explain how it works.