Department: Business & Social Sciences

Head of Department: Mr P Smith

If you wish to learn more about the curriculum, please contact the Head of Department by email: ­­­­

GCSE Business & Economics Years 10-11

Exam Board: Edexcel

Exam board specification weblink:

Year 10 Topics – Unit 1

Introduction to Small Business

Year 11 Topics – Unit 5

Introduction to Economic Understanding

Topic 1.1 Spotting a business opportunity

Topic 1.2 Showing enterprise

Topic 1.3 Putting a business idea into practice

Topic 1.4 Making the start-up effective

Topic 1.5 Understanding the economic context

Topic 5.1 How can I start to think like an economist?

Topic 5.2 Risk or certainty?

Topic 5.3 Big or small?

Topic 5.4 Is growth good?

Topic 5.5 Is the world fair?

GCSE Health & Social Care (J406 – Single Award) Years 10-11

Exam Board: OCR

Exam board specification weblink:

Year 10 Topics – Unit A911

Health, Social Care and Early Years Provision


Year 11 Topics – Unit A912

Understanding Personal Development and



• The range of care needs of major client


• The ways people can obtain services and

the possible barriers that could prevent

people from gaining access to services

• The types of services that exist to meet

client group needs and how they are


• The principles of care that underpin all

care work

• The main work roles and skills of people

who provide health, social care and early

years services

• The stages and pattern of human growth

and development

• The different factors that can affect human

growth and development

• The development of self-concept and

different types of relationships

• Major life changes and sources of support

A level Economics Y12-13

Exam Board: AQA

Exam Board specification weblink:

Year 12 Topics Year 13 Topics
The operation of markets and market failure

  • Economic methodology and the economic problem
  • Price determination in a competitive market
  • Production, costs and revenue
  • Competitive and concentrated markets
  • The market mechanism, market failure and government intervention in markets

The national economy in a global context

  • The measurement of macroeconomic performance
  • How the macroeconomy works : the circular flow of income, AD/AS analysis, and related concepts
  • Economic performance
  • Macroeconomic policy
Individuals, firms, markets and market failure

  • Perfect competition, imperfectly competitive markets and monopoly
  • The labour market
  • The distribution of income and wealth: poverty and inequality

The national and international economy

  • Financial markets and monetary policy
  • Fiscal policy and supply-side policies
  • The international economy

A level Business Y12-13

Exam Board: AQA

Exam Board specification weblink:

Year 12 Topics Year 13 Topics
  • What is business?
  • Managers, leadership and decision making
  • Decision making to improve marketing performance
  • Decision making to improve operational performance
  • Decision making to improve financial performance
  • Decision making to improve human resource performance
  • Analysing the strategic position of a business
  • Choosing strategic direction
  • Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies
  • Managing strategic change

A level Sociology Y12-13

Exam Board: WJEC (Year 12)

Exam Board specification weblink:

Exam Board: OCR (Year 13) * In September 2017 students will commence WJEC Year 2 A level.

Exam Board specification weblink:

Year 12 Topics (WJEC) Year 13 Topics *(OCR)
  • Social order, social control
  • Social change
  • Conflict and consensus
  • Social structure and social action
  • The role of values
  • The relationship between social and contemporary social policy
A2 Unit G673: Power and Control

Sociology of education

  • Structure and organisation of the education system
  • Role and function of education in society
  • Differential educational achievement
  • Relationship between education and the economy
  • education and social policy


A2 Unit G674: Exploring Social Inequality and Difference

Social inequality and difference, illustrated by the study of:

  • Gender
  • Class
  • Ethnicity
  • Age

Exploring sociological research on social inequality and difference:

  • Practical concerns
  • Theoretical issues.


A level Psychology Y12-13

Exam Board: AQA

Exam Board specification weblink:

Year 12 Topics Year 13 Topics
  • Social influence
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Approaches in psychology
  • Psychopathology
  • Research methods
  • Biopsychology
  • Issues and debates in psychology

Options from:

Option 1

  • Relationships
  • Gender
  • Cognition and development

Option 2

  • Schizophrenia
  • Eating behaviour
  • Stress

Option 3

  • Aggression
  • Forensic psychology
  • Addiction

A level Health & Social Care Y12-13 (details TBC)

Exam Board: OCR

Exam Board specification weblink:

Year 12 Topics Year 13 Topics

A level Politics Y12-13

Exam Board: AQA

Exam Board specification weblink:

Year 12 Topics
Year 13 Topics
  • UK Politics: Democracy & participation, political parties, electoral systems, voting behavior, the media.
  • Core Politics Ideas: Liberalism, Conservatism, Socialism.
  • UK Goverment: The Constitution, Prime Minister & the Executive, relationships between the branches of government.
  • Non-core Political Ideas (one of the following): Multiculturalism, Nationalism, Feminism, Ecologism, Anarchism
  • The Government and Politics of the USA: The US constitution, federalism, US congress, US presidency, US Supreme Court, civil rights, US democracy & participation, comparative theories.


Paper 1: UK Politics & Core Political Ideas

Paper 2: UK Government & Non-Core Political Ideas Paper 3: Comparative Politics (USA)

A level Law Y12-13

Exam Board: OCR

Exam Board specification weblink:

Year 12 Topics Year 13 Topics
Sources of law 12

  • Bill to an Act
  • EU Law
  • Judicial Precedent
  • Statutory interpretation

English Legal System  

  • Police Powers
  • Criminal and civil courts
  • Sentencing
  • Magistrates
  • Jury
  • Legal profession
  • Appeals



  • Special study pre-release  – one topic – Non fatal offences (every year topic changes)
  • Principles of Criminal law – Actus reus and mens rea
  • Offences – NFO, murder, robbery, theft & manslaughter.


  • Self Defence
  • Automatism
  • Insanity
  • Duress
  • Intoxication