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Social Studies Faculty

The Social Studies faculty is made up of a range of different departments that work together to deliver a well rounded and exciting curriculum to encourage individuals to have a developing understanding and awareness of themselves, their world and the people and society around them.

We deliver a broad curriculum at Ks3 which build both knowledge and skills to prepare our students to then pursue any of these subject areas at KS4.

Within the faculty we teaching history, geography, RE and PSHE to all students in Key Stage 3 and we offer courses history, geography, RE, psychology, sociology and health and social care at Key Stage 4, along with PSHE.

A brief overview of the topics covered by the faculty in Key Stage 3

Geography

Year 7

Year 8

Making connections

The UK

Settlement

Rivers and flooding

Amazing places

Development

Tectonics

Weather and climate

Glaciation

 

History

Year 7

Year 8

Introduction to History

Medieval Society

Henry VIII

The Reformation

Elizabeth I

The Stuarts

The British Empire

Slavery

The Industrial Revolution

Women’s Suffrage

World War I

The Holocaust

 

RE

Year 7

Year 8

How can I make sense of religion?

The rise of Christianity

Islam

Buddhism

Religion and Art

What is morality?

Crime and Punishment

Medical ethics

Relationships and families

Suffering



GCSE Geography

AQA GCSE Geography

This exciting course is based on a balanced framework of physical and human geography. It allows students to investigate the link between the two themes, and approach and examine the battles between the man-made and natural worlds.

Course structure

Paper 1: Living with the

physical environment


What is assessed

- The challenge of natural hazards - Earthquakes

- The living world – Hot deserts and Tropical rainforests.

- Physical landscapes in the UK - Rivers & Coasts


How it's assessed

• Written exam: 1 hour

30 minutes

• 35% of GCSE

Paper 2: Challenges in the human environment


What's assessed

-Urban issues and challenges – Rio de Janeiro & Bristol

-The changing economic world – UK and Brazil

-The challenge of resource management – Global food supply.


How it's assessed

• Written exam: 1 hour

30 minutes

• 35% of GCSE

Paper 3: Geographical applications


What's assessed

Issue evaluation – This is where we study pre-release resources booklet 12 weeks before Paper 3 exam.  The topic for this changes each year.

Fieldwork –  Students need to undertake two geographical enquiries (physical & human)


Geographical skills

Students are required to develop and demonstrate a range of geographical skills.


How it's assessed

• Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes

• 30% of GCSE

Exam board specification link

 

History

Edexcel GCSE History (9-1)

This course will extend students’ knowledge of history by studying new areas of content and by revisiting and deepening their knowledge of content studied previously, thereby providing a coherent and diverse experience of history. The course supports progression to A Level.

Course structure

Thematic study and historic environment - Medicine in Britain, c1250–present and The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches. (Paper codes: 1HI0/11)


  • Students study how key features in the development of medicine were linked with the key features of society in Britain in the periods 1250-1500, 1500-1700, 1700-1900 and 1900 to the present
  • This will involve studying patterns of change, trends and turning points, and the influence of factors inhibiting or encouraging change within periods and across the theme. The key factors are: individuals and institutions (Church and government); science and technology; and attitudes in society.
  • The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches is designed to develop students’ understanding of the use of historical sources and building historical enquiries

How it's assessed?

Written paper, Edexcel set and marked

British Depth Study - Early Elizabethan England, 1558–88. (Option code: B4)


  • The situation on Elizabeth’s accession
  • The ‘settlement’ of religion
  • Challenge to the religious settlement
  • The problem of Mary, Queen of Scots
  • Plots and revolts at home
  • Relations with Spain
  • Outbreak of war with Spain, 1585–88
  • The Armada
  • Education and leisure
  • The problem of the poor
  • Exploration and voyages of discovery
  • Raleigh and Virginia

How it's assessed?

Written paper, Edexcel set and marked

Period Study - Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941–91. (Option code: P4)


  • Early tension between East and West
  • Soviet Expansionism
  • The Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan, 1947.
  • The Berlin Crisis (blockade and airlift)
  • The significance of the arms race
  • The Hungarian Uprising
  • The construction of the Berlin Wall, 1961.
  • The events of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
  • The Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia.
  • Détente in the 1970s
  • The significance of Reagan and Gorbachev
  • The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan
  • The collapse of Soviet control of Eastern Europe
  • The fall of the Berlin Wall
  • The collapse of the USSR

How it's assessed

Written paper, Edexcel set and marked

Modern Depth Study - Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39. (Paper codes: 1HI0/31)


  • The setting up of the Weimar Republic.
  • Spartacists, Freikorps, the Kapp Putsch.
  • The challenges of 1923: hyperinflation; the French occupation of the Ruhr.
  • The work of Stresemann.
  • Changes in society and culture, 1924–29
  • The Munich Putsch, 1923
  • How Hitler became Chancellor, 1932–33
  • The Reichstag Fire, the Enabling Act and the banning of other parties and trade unions.
  • The Night of the Long Knives
  • The Gestapo, the SS, the SD and concentration camps.
  • Nazi policies towards the Churches
  • Goebbels and the Nazi use of Propaganda
  • Opposition to the Nazis
  • Life in Nazi Germany, 1933–39
  • Nazi policies towards women and the young
  • Employment and living standards
  • Nazi racial beliefs and the treatment of minorities
  • The persecution of the Jews

How it's assessed

Written paper, Edexcel set and marked

Exam board specification link

 

GCSE Psychology

Edexcel GCSE Psychology

In addition to helping students acquire subject knowledge, the Edexcel specification provides a sound understanding of methods and approaches in psychology at an introductory level. It also illustrates these methods and approaches through various topic areas representing the core areas of social, cognitive, developmental, biological and individual differences. The course develops investigation and report writing skills, along with analytical and critical thinking skills.

Course structure

Paper 1

What is assessed

  • Topic 1: Development – How did you develop?
  • Topic 2: Memory – How does your memory work?
  • Topic 3: Psychological problems – How would psychological problems affect you?
  • Topic 4: The brain and neuropsychology – How does your brain affect you?

Topic 5: Social influence – How do others affect you?

How it's assessed

• Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

• 55% of GCSE

Paper 2

What's assessed

  • Topic 6: Criminal psychology – Why do people become criminals?
  • Topic 9: Sleep and dreaming – Why do you need to sleep and dream?

Topic 11: Research methods – How do you carry out psychological research?





How it's assessed

• Written exam: 1 hour 20 minutes

• 45% of GCSE

Exam board specification link

 

GCSE Sociology

AQA GCSE Sociology

In addition to helping students acquire subject knowledge, the AQA GCSE sociology specification helps students to gain knowledge and understanding of key social structures, processes and issues through the study of families, education, crime and deviance and social stratification.

The course supports students in developing transferable skills including how to investigate facts and make deductions, develop opinions and new ideas on social issues and analyse and better understand the social world

Course structure

Paper 1

What is assessed

  • The sociology of families
  • The sociology of education
  • Relevant areas of social theory and methodology

How it's assessed

• Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

• 50% of GCSE

Paper 2

What's assessed

  • The sociology of crime and deviance
  • The sociology of social stratification
  • Relevant areas of social theory and methodology

How it's assessed

• Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

• 50% of GCSE

Exam board specification link

 

GCSE Religious Studies

AQA GCSE Religious Studies Spec A

Religious Education is a stimulating GCSE course that provides a great opportunity for students to reflect and explore current issues and to develop social, cultural, political and historical awareness.  


While studying this course pupils will undertake two components; the study of Religion: where students will study the key beliefs, teachings and practices in two religions: Christianity and Islam and Thematic Studies: which will enable students to utilise their knowledge of the religions studied and to discuss and reflect on religious responses to various philosophical and ethical issues.

Course structure

Paper 1: The study of religions

What is assessed

Christianity - Beliefs and Practices

Islam - Beliefs and practices




How it's assessed

• Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

• 50% of GCSE

Paper 2: Thematic studies – non textual

What's assessed

Theme A – Relationships and families

Theme B – Religion and Life

Theme E – Religion Crime and Punishment

Theme F – Human Rights


How it's assessed

• Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

• 50% of GCSE

Exam board specification link

 

Cambridge National in Health and Social Care

OCR Cambridge Nationals in Health and Social Care Certificate

Health and Social Care is a valuable and useful qualification that introduces students to specialist knowledge and skills needed to work in various care settings including; midwifery, physiotherapy, nursing, social care, prison and social work, child care and teaching.


Underpinning the qualification is a focus on core values and communicating with individuals so as to maintain their dignity and sense of being valued and thus, through the various units studied allows students to learn about real life work and jobs and to gain valuable experience in this area of study.   

Course structure

Unit 1: R021 - Essential Values of Care for use with individuals in care settings



What is assessed


LO1 – Understand how to support individuals to maintain their rights

L02 -  Understand the importance of the values of care and how they are applied

LO3 – Understand how legislation impacts on care settings

LO4 – Understand how personal hygiene, safety and security measures protect individuals.


How it's assessed

• Compulsory Written exam: 1 hour

• 25% of GCSE

Unit 2: R022 – Communicating and working with individuals in health, social care and early years settings


What is assessed

LO1 – Understand how to support individuals to maintain their rights

L02 -  Understand the importance of the values of care and how they are applied

LO3 – Understand how legislation impacts on care settings







How it's assessed

• Compulsory Assessment: coursework

• 25% of GCSE

Unit 3: R025 – Understanding Life Stages





What is assessed

LO1 – Understand the stages of development from young people to adulthood

L02 -  Understand the aging process in older adulthood

LO3 – Know which medical conditions may affect progress through the life stages

LO4 – Be able to create support plan.






How it's assessed

• Assessment: coursework

• 25% of GCSE

Unit 4: R031 – Using basic first aid procedures





What is assessed

LO1 – Be able to assess scenes of accidents to identify risks and continuing dangers

L02 -  Understand the first aid procedures for a range of injuries

LO3 – Be able to apply basic first aid procedures








How it's assessed

• Assessment: coursework

• 25% of GCSE

Exam board specification link  

 


Social Studies Staff

Mrs K Collins

Faculty Leader and Subject Leader of Geography.
kcollins@avonvalleyschool.uk

Miss K Waudby

Subject Leader of Religious Education (RE) and Personal Social Health Education (PSHE)
kwaudby@avonvalleyschool.uk

Miss J Mortimer

Subject Leader of Vocational Studies.
jmortimer@avonvalleyschool.uk

Mr D Walden

Deputy Headteacher
dwalden@avonvalleyschool.uk

Mr R Hartland

Subject Leader of History
rhartland@avonvalleyschool.uk

Mr G Bonser

Assistant Headteacher
gbonser@avonvalleyschool.uk

Mrs L Owen

Achievement Leader - Phoenix House
lowen@avonvalleyschool.uk

Ms Z O'Connor

Teacher of RE
zoconnor@avonvalleyschool.uk

Ms G Adamou

Clerical Support
gadamou@avonvalleyschool.uk

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