Sociology and psychology are both taught in the sixth form at AS and A-level. Sociology is about you as a person and your role in society and is a social science. Psychology is the science of human behaviour and experience and is now regarded as a full science.
Students study two units to complete the AS in year 12 and three further units to complete the A-level in year 13. Assessment in both subjects is by final examination.
Since it is not possible, in this school, to obtain a GCSE in these subjects, the entry requirements involve obtaining at least five, and usually more, level 5 and above passes in any subjects at GCSE. An average point score (from the top 8 GCSE subject passes) above a certain level is also required to take each subject. To study psychology, the student must also have a level 6 in English language or English literature, in mathematics, and in biology at GCSE. To study sociology, the student must have a level 6 in English language or English literature at GCSE. For both subjects, students would need a genuine interest in the course, a readiness to work hard, and a good attendance record.
The AS qualification can be taken as a standalone qualification, but students wishing to continue with the subject onto A-level must successfully pass AS level with at least a good grade D pass overall.