The social sciences are those subjects which examine and explain human society and behaviours. At St Thomas More we offer courses in health and social care, child development and care, psychology and sociology.
This is a subject that develops the skills and knowledge needed to do well in any health care or social care role. We offer a CACHE level 2 Technical Award in Health and Social Care. The course consists of three units they include;
Learning is assessed through 3 pieces of coursework which make up 55% of the overall grade and one external exam which makes up 45% of the overall grade. This is a level 2 course and is graded pass, merit or distinction. This is the equivalent of between a grade four and a grade eight.
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 2 units they include;
Learning is assessed through 2 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.
Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and how it dictates and influences our behaviour. We offer AQA A level psychology; learning is assessed through three external exam papers, which are each two hours long. These papers are on the following;
We offer a single award (known as the extended certificate) that is the equivalent to one full a level and double award (which is known as the diploma) which is the equivalent of two full A-levels. The course is a Cambridge Technical Level 3 course and the exam board is OCR.
On the single award we currently offer the following units;
Three of these units are assessed through an external exam and three through the completion of coursework.
When studying the double award, students currently study the following units in addition to those taken on the single award;
Two of these units are assessed through an external exam and four through the completion of coursework. The course is graded pass, merit and distinction/ * this is the equivalent of between an E and an A*
Sociology is the study of human society and how it’s structure and the relationships between different groups affect human behaviour and experiences. We offer AQA A level sociology; learning is assessed through three external exam papers, which are each two hours long. These papers are on the following;
Who should I contact for more information?
Mrs J Burton – Head of Department JBurton@stmca.org.uk
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