Melksham Oak Learning & Education

Social Sciences

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.


Psychology

A-level Psychology is of use in many areas of employment. It is a requirement for anyone wishing to become an Educational Psychologist, Clinical Psychologist or Criminal Psychologist.

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Sociology

An increasing number of companies like to employ Sociologists in their Public Relations Departments. A-level Sociology is often a requirement for some careers in the Health Service, Police Force, Nursing and is very useful in Education and Law.

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