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Economics

Qualifications to start the course

Students must have five GCSEs including English, Mathematics and Science graded A* – C. Additional requirements for this subject: Students must have GCSE Maths and English at grade B or above.

Description of the subject

Economics is a wide ranging subject which touches on every aspect of commercial life.

As a result, study of Economics will broaden your understanding of the business, political and real world, encouraging you to evaluate some of the consequences of business and government decisions. Study of Economics is useful to those intending to enter the business and commercial world since it is included as a core subject in the examinations of all the professional bodies.

Economics is a difficult subject to summarise in a few lines and is probably unlike many of the subjects you will have studied at school. It is an academic subject which provides a good link between science and arts subjects. It is scientific in its investigative nature and requires good logical and analytical skills, together with the ability to produce convincing written argument.

If you study Economics you will discover, as with any subjects concerned with human behaviour, moral issues and that there is often more than one way of interpreting the observed facts. You will study the theories which try to explain economic behaviour, and will be free to weigh up the alternative arguments and draw your own conclusions.

The subject is ideal to study alongside Mathematics, Biology/Physics/Chemistry, Government & Politics, History, Sociology, Geography, Business and English. Economics is a subject that is intertwined with many A-Level subjects.

What you will do

During the Economics course you will consider issues such as:

  • What are the effects of taxation policy?
  • Why do political leaders always mention the economy?
  • Why do exchange rates change and does a trade deficit matter?
  • Is there enough money to go around? Some footballers earn in a week what a doctor, a person who saves lives, does in a year, why?
  • Is it possible to reduce regional differences in unemployment?
  • What influences the purchasing patterns of consumers and can a business predict these?
  • Analysing public transport efficiency and ways to reduce road congestion.
  • How can governments promote better care of the environment?
  • What are the arguments for the cancellation of developing countries’ debt?
  • What is the impact on the Eurozone in light of some member states’ budget deficits?
  • The causes and consequences of globalisation.

Future prospects

Economics students have excellent career opportunities open to them across a range of employment sectors. Some will choose to pursue a career as an economist, but many will enter other graduate roles in private and public sector organisations. Some of our SJC Economics alumni have gone on to become accountants, investment bankers and traders.

Just a few of the roles which can be pursued include:

Certified Accountant, Economist, Management Consultant, Finance & Investment Analyst, Investment Banker, Tax Consultant, Computer Programmer, Advertising and Marketing, Officer in The Armed Forces, Language Assistant.

Health and Social Care – BTEC Level 3

Qualifications to start the course

Students must have five GCSEs including English, Mathematics and Science graded A* – C.

Description of the subject

This course is taken in addition to the BTEC HSC Double Award. This course covers caring for service users in a range of care settings and includes areas of Science, Psychology and Sociology. Students will be expected to complete assignments based on care settings and the workplace. Health and Social Care looks at a wide range of care settings; residential homes, hospitals, nurseries and schools, and how to care for and treat people in these settings. This will allow students to develop the necessary skills for career progression in the health and social care sector.

What you will do

Year 12

Topics Covered/ Areas of Focus: At Level 3 the Edexcel BTEC Extended Diploma is offered to year 12 students. This course covers a range of different service users in a variety of care settings such as residential homes, hospitals, nurseries and schools. Students are expected to complete assignments based on care settings and the workplace. It will allow students to develop the necessary skills for career progression in the health and social care sectors. At level 3 students will gain knowledge of: human lifespan development, principles of safe practice, physiological disorders, equality and rights, human development, dementia, and nutritional health.

Year 13

Topics Covered/ Areas of Focus:

The OCR Cambridge Technical in Health and Social Care is in its final year. Students who have completed this course in year 12 will complete the remaining units in year 13. This course looks at a range of different service users in a variety of care settings such as residential homes, hospitals, nurseries and schools. Students are expected to complete assignments based on care settings and the workplace. It will allow students to develop the necessary skills for career progression in the health and social care sectors.

Students will gain knowledge of: careers in health and social care, psychology, sociology, nutrition, complementary therapies, anatomy and physiology, research methods and the psychology of ill health.

Future prospects

Achievement of a Level 3 course allows students to progress to higher education or training courses such as Nursing, Childcare and Early Years, Care Assistant, Care Worker, and Education.

Psychology

Qualifications to start the course

Students must have five GCSEs including English, Mathematics and Science graded A* – C. Additional requirements for this subject: Students must have GCSE English at grade B or above.

Description of the subject

Psychology is the study of the mind and behaviour. You will explore issues dealing with how and why people behave in certain ways and what links people’s behaviour to the environment.

A-level Psychology is a two year linear course which consists of three externally assessed units incorporating a range of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions. External examinations will take place at the end of the second year covering all of the content. Internal examinations will take place at the end of year 12 to determine progression onto year 13.

What you will do

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of psychological concepts, theories, research studies, research methods and ethical issues
  • Apply psychological knowledge and understanding content in a range of theoretical and practical contexts
  • Analyse, interpret and evaluate psychological concepts, theories, research studies and research methods
  • To make judgements and reach conclusions and develop and refine practical design and procedures.
  • Evaluate therapies and treatments including in terms of their appropriateness and effectiveness.
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of research methods, practical research skills and mathematical skills
  • Design and conduct research, including the analysis and interpretation of data.

Year One Psychology includes:

Unit 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology:

  • Social Influence
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Psychopathology

Unit 2: Psychology in Context

  • Approaches in psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Research Methods (including data handling and analysis, scientific processes and inferential testing)

Year Two Psychology includes:

Unit 2: Psychology in Context (continuation from year 12)

  • Approaches in psychology
  • Research methods (including data handling and analysis, scientific processes and inferential testing)

 

Unit 3: Issues and options in psychology

  • Issues and debates in psychology
  • Relationships
  • Schizophrenia
  • Forensic psychology

Future prospects

Following a degree course in any of the Social Sciences can lead to a career in Health and Social Care Services, Human Resources, Business Management, Education and Research, Prison Services, Civil Service, Forensic Services. In addition, there are several core fields students could enter following a degree course in Psychology: Clinical Psychology, Occupational Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Educational Psychology and Research.

Sociology

Qualifications to start the course

Students must have five GCSEs including English, Mathematics and Science graded A* – C. Additional requirements for this subject: Students must have GCSE English at grade B or above.

Description of the subject

Sociology is the study of human interaction. The main concern is to explain human behaviour by examining individuals, small groups and institutions such as political organisations, the education system and the family. Sociology addresses ‘important’ questions such as: ‘Why do girls generally perform better than boys in education? Why are some people racist, sexist or homophobic?’, attempting to answer these by considering various sociological perspectives (Marxism, functionalism, feminism) and a wide range of current research and evidence. It gives a better understanding of society and new insight into the way human life is organised. Sociology enables people to make sense of their own experiences.

What you will do

Components covered in the first year Assessment overview
 Component 1: Socialisation, culture and identity
  • Introducing socialisation, culture and identity.
  • Families and relationships.
90 Marks
1hour 30 minutes written paper
30% of total Alevel
Component 2: Researching and understanding social inequalities
  • Research methods and researching social inequalities.
  • Understanding social inequalities.
105 Marks
2hour 15 minutes written paper
35% of total Alevel

 

Components covered in the second year;           Assessment overview
 Component Three:
  • Globalisation and the digital Social world.
  • Debates explored through a detailed study of Education
105 Marks
2hours 15 minutes written paper
35% of total Alevel

Future prospects

Sociology is recognised by all universities. It is a very popular and relevant subject for contemporary society. It is useful for most occupations (Politics, Law, Health & Social Care/Services, Education and the business world).