Social Communications



Social Studies comprises the following subjects:  Business Studies, Business & Communication Systems, Modern Foreign Languages (see seperate page) , Health & Social Care, Sociology, Psychology, Child Development.

Modern Foreign Languages

(French and Spanish) Curriculum 7 – 11

Year 7

In Year 7, students are placed into teaching groups where they learn either French or Spanish. For either language, they follow a transition unit which will either revisit the language they may have met at primary school, or introduce the basics of their chosen language (talking about myself, numbers, the alphabet, items in the classroom, etc), which prepares them for the requirements of KS3 curriculum. The scheme of learning broadly follows Studio 1 (French) or Mira Express 1 (Spanish) textbooks. Topics that are covered include: my family, free time and hobbies, where I live, my school and holidays. Students cover a range of vocabulary and grammatical structures in each topic, as well as looking at the use of the future tense to describe what they are going to do.

Year 8

In Year 8, students continue with the language of study from Year 7. The main focus is to build on level of detail in written and spoken work, through use of opinions, justification and introduction to the past tense. The scheme of learning broadly follows Studio 2 (French) or Viva 2 (Spanish) textbooks. Topics that are covered include: media (tv/cinema/use of technology), holidays, food and drink and going out (making arrangements, making/declining invitations). There are also opportunities to build on the skills students need for the new GCSE specification, such as spontaneous speaking and translation to and from French/Spanish.

Year 9-11 – GCSE AQA French/Spanish

Students are following the new GCSE specification where all 4 skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing are equally assessed (25% of final mark each). There is a bigger emphasis on knowledge of grammar, translation skills, exposure to literary texts and speaking spontaneously. The content is split into 12 units of work which fall under 3 main themes: identity and culture/local, national, international and global areas of interest/current and future study and employment. In lessons, students build on their confidence to communicate effectively, as well as developing independent learning. They are expected to learn vocabulary regularly, via their own methods or using Memrise/Duolingo, as well as practising language/structures met in lessons. Students have the opportunity to develop their comprehension skills, as well as expressing themselves using a variety of tenses and other complex structures.


GCSE Psychology – Year 9 -11

In Year 9 psychology the focus is on preparing students for the rigours of research methods that they will need to be competent with in year 10 and 11 so the curriculum is based around interesting studies that relate to the OCR course. This helps students build an interest in the subject and ensure that they have a thorough knowledge of research methods in order to evaluate studies effectively in their final GCSE exam.

Year 10 psychology focuses on the following, memory including STM and LTM, critiquing models of memory and explaining alternative theories. Students look at attachment with specific reference to Bowlby’s Theory and Hazen and Shaver which allows students to understand the impact of secure attachment on later life. Atypical behaviour is studied and classical and operant conditioning thoroughly evaluated with reference to phobias in particular. Obedience is a particularly popular topic where students use controversial studies such as Milgram’s study to analyse the impact of either situational or dispositional factors on obedience.

Year 11 Psychology focuses on sex and gender which is a topic that has a very current feeling to it with the students able to apply what they are learning to current issues that they may see in the news, the biological theory is considered alongside the psychoanalytic theory, which prompts much discussion. Lastly in year 10, non-verbal communication is taught where students are able to look at the social learning theory in relation to body language and how understanding of facial expressions differs across cultures.

GCSE Business Studies

In year 9 students learn how to set up and run a small business in terms of finance, staffing and marketing and how the external environment, such as the relevant laws, can affect an entrepreneur. Students work on understanding the theory behind setting up a small business and practice exam style questions.

In year 10 students learn how to grow a small business into a large UK based or even international business. The will cover how to deal with staff as the business grows, how marketing changes with the size of the company and who finances are likely to change a great deal from the small business. Students work on understanding the theory behind setting up a small business and practice exam style questions.

In year 11 the content revolves around evaluating decisions businesses and choosing the best option in any given situation. They work on literacy, numeracy and exam techniques to maximise their grades they can get in their exams. They will revisit topics learned in year 9 and 10 but apply then to topical businesses and the current business issues. The emphasis of the year is to ensure knowledge secure and exam technique is enhanced.

Child Development 9-11

Year 9 Child Development focuses on a Unit that looks at preparing for a new child. This includes looking at the equipment and resources that a new mother may need and evaluating them against set criteria such as cost, safety needs and accessibility. Students also learn about nutritional guidance and feeding solutions. This is then examined in June.

Year 10 child development focuses on children’s development. This includes looking at the different milestones as well as examining the concept of play and how children develop through play

Year 11. Child Development focuses on the responsibilities of parenthood, the antenatal and post-natal checks that happen for new mothers. Students also learn to identify and explain the different childhood illnesses and look at several aspects within child safety.

Health and Social Care 9-11

Year 9 Health and social care focuses on the unit of communication. Students learn about the skills and factors that affect positive communication and how to maintain effective communication with service users at all time. They also explore the barriers to communication and how to overcome them and look at the qualities needed for effective communication to occur. This is finished by students doing a practical assessment where they are able to demonstrate and put into practice what they have learned during the unit. At the end of Year 9, they start their second unit which is on development through the life stages. This includes the milestones young people go through and factors that affect development in later life.

Year 10 Health and Social Care continues with the units on development through the life stages and completes with students having to create a care plan for a case study where they have to put their knowledge into practise. Students then move onto the third unit which is currently about the development of young children. Students learn about the physical, intellectual, emotional, language and social aspects of a child’s development and put this into practise by creating a plan for a child that applies their knowledge.

Year 11 health and social care is when students learn the knowledge needed for their exam unit. This is a unit that covers service user’s rights, the care values that should be applied, the legislation that is important in these sectors and the risk and hygiene areas that staff need to be aware of. This is examined in the summer term.

Sociology 9-11

In Year 9 students learn about the basics of sociology. This includes what sociology is, the different sociological theories (functionalism, Marxism, feminism, interactionism and post modernism). They also look at agents of socialisation and social control and evaluate the impact this has on society. They also study research methods and how they are applied to sociological research.

In Year 10 students learn about how sociologists view the family and education. They learn how to apply the theories from the previous year to these two topics and evaluate the impact factors such as social class, gender and ethnicity have on these two areas.

In Year 11 students learn about how sociologists view crime and deviance. They learn how to apply the theories from the previous year to these two topics and evaluate the impact factors such as social class, gender and ethnicity have on this area. Students then have preparation and revision for their summer exam.



Miss E Mensah: Head of Faculty -

Miss S Hau, Head of MFL/2nd in Charge of Social Communications

Mrs D Forder, BA, PGCE  - Deputy Headteacher

Mr R Mercuri, BA, MA, PGCE  - Teacher i/c Spanish

Mrs A Hodgson, BA, PGCE  - Assistant Headteacher

Mrs S Kay, BEd, PGCE  - Primary/Secondary Transition Manager

Ms L Pascoe BA PGCE  - Part-time teacher of Business Studies

Mr A Nicoll, BA (Hons), PGCE  - Part-time teacher of MFL

Mrs C Tipping, BA, PGCE, NPQH  - Senior Deputy Headteacher