"I enjoy law and all of the opportunities it offers. It is challenging but rewarding and I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in the legal system." - Year 12 student
"Psychology is great for understanding why some people are the way they are." - Year 13 student
"Law is a challenging but a very interesting subject. There are a wide variety of topics, which are really enjoyable and extremely useful." - Year 12 student
"Sociology gives you different views on many things in society that you would normally ignore." - Year 13 Student
"Sociology is a very challenging subject but it is thought provoking and useful for future careers and life in general." - Year 12 Student
The Social Science Department consists of Law, Psychology, Sociology and the Extended Project Qualification. The subjects offered are only for KS5 6th form students with the exception of Psychology which is offered from Year 9 onwards as a GCSE
Psychology offers you the opportunity to learn about the science behind the way we think and behave. Students will learn how research is conducted and used to develop theories and laws about human behaviour. This will be achieved by exploring the different approaches to psychology; social, developmental, cognitive, biological and psychodynamic. Topics covered at GCSE include obedience, attachment, phobias and criminal behaviour. Topics covered at A Level include relationships, aggression and memory.
Law develops the knowledge and understanding of the English legal system, building an awareness of the rights and responsibilities of individuals. It helps students develop their analytical and critical thinking skills, requiring them to apply their knowledge of legal rules and methods to different case scenarios. Topics covered at A Level include criminal law, tort law and Human Rights law.
Sociology is the systematic study of society, its aim is to question the status quo and uncover meaning in our everyday lives. The most exciting aspects of sociology are the questions it seeks to answer. Do you wonder what fuels our apparent fixation with celebrities? Is it just gossip in the modern form? Is it that it provides endless, easily obtained content for TV channels, newspapers and magazines? Could it be both? Or even something much more profound about the class system of modern Britain? Why is the number of years you can expect to live still associated with your occupation? What about the way that your gender, religion and ethnic background affect your achievement in education?
The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is an independent research project that allows students to move beyond the restrictions of A Level specifications and select a topic that is of particular interest to them. They will then be required to conduct their own research into their chosen area and produce either a 5000-word essay or artefact.
Contact – Marples.N@north.kent.sch.uk
Law, Psychology and Sociology are academically challenging subjects. Each course is 100% externally examined, requiring students to learn an extensive amount of information and apply this under the pressure and time constraints of a number of exams.
OCR GCSE Psychology is assessed via three exams at the end of Year 11.
AQA A Level Psychology is assessed via three exams at the end of Year 13.
AQA A Level law is assessed via three exams at the end of Year 13.
AQA A Level Sociology is assessed via three exams at the end of Year 13
The AQA Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is assessed in three ways;
1. A student production log and assessment record (evidence of all stages of the project planning and development).
2. The project itself (5,000-word essay or artefact with a 1500 word supporting report).
3. A formal presentation to an audience.
Former A Level Law students from The North School have gone on to continue their legal studies at Degree level.
Zac – Portsmouth University - Graduated in 2017 with a 1st class Degree in Law with Criminology
Phil – Portsmouth University m- Graduated in 2017 with a 2:1 Law Degree
Craig – University of Kent - Will graduate in 2018 – Law Degree
Andrew – University of Lincoln - Will graduate in 2018 – Law Degree
Cara – University of Kent m- Will graduate in 2018 – Law Degree
Recently represent England in an international mooting competition in Dubai
Emilie – University of London - Sport and Law Degree started 2017
Sophie – Christ Church University - Law & Policing Degree started 2017
Louise – University of Lancaster - Law Degree started 2017
The Social Science Department are available most lunchtimes for catch-up, extension work, to receive additional support in topics found to be particularly challenging or to practise exam technique. After school sessions are arranged to fit around individual students’ timetable and time constraints.
Wider opportunities and visits are organisied on a regular basis. In the past academic year:
University of Greenwich - Law and Criminology Open Day
University of Kent - Law Open Day
University of Portsmouth - Law and Criminology Open Day
University of Kent - Forensic Science Challenge
University of Kent – Associate Law Professor delivering some Year 13 Law lessons
University of Kent – Sociology and Psychology University students addressing The North Schools on degree level study experiences
Year 12 Law Class attending the University of Kent Forensics Challenge. February 2018