The social sciences are those subjects which examine and explain human society and behaviours. A diverse range of subjects, courses and topics are offered to students within the department. We offer courses that are both vocational and traditional academic subjects. All of these courses are designed to equip students with knowledge and transferable skills in particular literacy, analysis and evaluation required for their futures.
All of our courses aim to prepare students for the next stage of their lives. This may be studying one of our subjects in greater depth or beginning training for a particular career pathway.
Child Development and Care
Child development involves the study of changes that happen to people from birth until adolescence. These can be physical, intellectual, emotional or social changes. We study the pattern in which children usually develop and how best to encourage their development. This is studied within the childcare context to prepare young people how best to nurture look after young children in a variety of settings; such as teachers in primary schools or therapists in the community.
We offer a CACHE level 2 Technical Award in Child Development and Care. This course consists of two units they include;
Learning is assessed through two pieces of coursework which make up 50% of the overall grade and one external exam which makes up 50% of the overall grade. This course is graded A* – D; this is the equivalent of between a grade three and a grade eight. Specialist teachers take classes in our own IT suites alongside theoretical topics which are studied within traditional classrooms.
All social science lessons follow a common thread of being engaging and linked to real life situations. Lessons are tailored to meet the demands of relevant specifications and the needs of our learners. We promote a growth mindset amongst our students throughout all our communication, both verbal and non-verbal. Displays are present in our classrooms and starter activities regularly include tasks designed to promote growth mindset.
Our vocational subjects are modular, as a result, students receive a guide to each unit and are supported to reach the highest possible standard. Each guide sets out the learning objectives and how to achieve the highest criteria for that unit. Key knowledge is delivered through class tasks and the analysis of case studies. Once fully equipped; students then produce coursework tasks to demonstrate their learning in a personalised way. These include role plays, posters, presentations and questions and answer sessions. This creates an inclusive environment where all students have the opportunity and are supported to achieve their potential.
All class materials and feedback are administered via teams to further support students and their independence. Regular tracking grids support students to track and take responsibility for their progress and regular reviews take place throughout the course. We maintain links with past students and have “walls of fame” in key classrooms; highlighting their achievement and pathway to success. Past students also visit our classes and delivers talks about their careers to further students understanding the relevant sector and act as role models. In preparation for examinations active revision strategies are utilised alongside exam question practice and analysis.
There are several support sessions for Key stage students. They run on alternate lunchtimes on Tuesday and Wednesdays. They also run on Tuesdays and Wednesdays after school for 1 hour. Within these sessions coursework can be completed, misconceptions squashed and exam / assessment preparation can take place. The timetable for these sessions is displayed in our classrooms.
There are several excellent documentaries that chart what it is like to work in social science environment particularly for Child Development and Care. An easy way to boost your knowledge and understanding would be to watch some of these. Such as Life and Birth on the NHS, The Secret Life of Four Year Olds or A Special School.
For more information or if you have any questions please use the contact details below.
Mrs J Burton – Head of Department – JBurton@stmca.org.uk
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