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Higham Lane School

Higham Lane School

Social Sciences

The Social Sciences Department comprises two subjects; Health & Social Care and Sociology. Both of these are popular Options choices for Key Stage 4 students.

Health & Social Care is a vocational BTEC subject offered to students in Key Stage 4. At the heart of Health & Social Care is creating independent, reflective and enquiring learners.

Health & Social Care is a relatively new subject, yet boasts excellent results. The 2017 cohort taking the course achieved 100% A*-C in the GCSE examinations with 44.4% of students achieving A*-A grades.

Health & Social Care is well resourced with specialist equipment, including first aid mannequins, infection glow boxes and health monitoring devices such as sphygmomanometers. The lessons involve many practical activities and take place in state-of-the-art ICT suites. Alongside this, the Department has links to many health and social care settings and outside speakers visit to share their experiences.

By studying the subject, students gain a wide range of specialist knowledge that is essential for a career in Health & Social Care. Over two years, students will complete four modules that cover topics such as factors affecting health, human growth and development and health promotion. Three of the modules are internally assessed through coursework modules and one of the units is assessed by an external examination.

Sociology is designed to develop learners' curiosity and critical thinking skills. Students complete two modules, both of which involve them carrying out their own research and drawing conclusions. Students follow the AQA specification which consists of two modules:

Unit 1: Studying Society; Education and Families. In this introductory unit students explore the role of the sociologist and the methods they use to carry out research. They then use this knowledge to study the role education and the family structures have on people’s lives. In this unit students debate questions such as why do some students fail, does the education system we have currently work and is there an ideal family structure?

Unit 2: Crime and Deviance; Mass Media and Social Inequality. The first part of this unit explores crime in the UK. Students look at how society encourages people to conform and reasons why people commit crimes. Questions that arise as part of this topic are why do men commit more crimes than women and is the police force racist or realistic? In the second part of this unit students study the influence of the media and how they can both restrict and empower people. For example, they discuss the way the media portrays teenagers and the influence this has on their behaviour.

The 2017 GCSE results were excellent with students achieving 100% A*-G grades and 87.3% A*-C.

MISS R CHARLES, Subject Leader for Modern Ethics