Plymstock Social Sciences Department
Social Sciences is made up of Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 Business, Key Stage 5 Sociology, Key Stage 5 Psychology and Key Stage 5 General Studies
SOCIOLOGY is the study of society, people as individuals and in groups. It is a good subject to study if you are considering a career working with people such as social work, housing, social services, nursing, child-care, the armed forces, the police, personnel management, business, advertising, teaching, medicine, probation, occupational therapy, the law, town planning etc. It is also a fantastic foundation for any degree.
It is a stimulating subject that encourages people to look at the world in a different way.
PSYCHOLOGY is the scientific study of behaviour and experience. It takes a scientific approach based on experimentation and you must be prepared to learn how to design experiments yourself (including how to analyse material using statistics) as well as reading about and evaluating the work of others and writing essays.
It is an excellent subject to study if you are considering a career working with people such as nursing, social work, teaching, medicine, the police, clinical psychology, management, personnel, advertising, speech therapy, business etc.
GENERAL STUDIES helps develop students’ awareness of the wider social world. It integrates knowledge from other subject areas. It encourages objectivity coupled with critical and constructive thinking. Students will develop coherent and clear communication skills.
The topics studied include the issues surrounding morality, religion, art, culture, genetics, politics, ethics, the economy etc.
BUSINESS STUDIES can be studied from Year 10 onwards, covering topics such as human resources, marketing, production, finance and accounting.
Applied qualifications encourage the application of theory to the workplace – although it does not necessarily mean that a candidate is qualified for a particular role, it should prepare candidates for their future.
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