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St Thomas More

Catholic School

Social Sciences


Curriculum Intent

The key intention of the curriculum is to develop our students to become independent and inquisitive citizens. The course is designed and delivered to nurture thoughtful and motivated young people, who can act responsibly as active citizens, and who believe in their ability to change their community for the better.

As pupils progress in Sociology, their growing understanding of society and global societies develops their knowledge and understanding of norms, values and morals which will guide them in their life. It empowers pupils with intellectually challenging ideas and concepts, and essential skills of critical thinking. We encourage pupils to make mistakes, and learn from them, so they succeed in being resilient and courageous.

At Key Stages 4 and 5, the curriculum aligns with the AQA GCSE and AQA A-level specification. The sequencing of topics in each year allows pupils to build on the knowledge and skills gained as they move through the curriculum, enabling them to deepen their understanding of how society is changing and the impact this has on individuals.  Pupils will gain a holistic and critical appreciation of Sociology through use of a range of teaching strategies that promote independence, pupil-led learning and active learning, such as debates and discussions to deepen pupils understanding and enjoyment, whilst building core skills.

The Sociology curriculum develops pupil’s cultural capital as it promotes engagement with a wide range of issues that go beyond pupil’s day-to-day experiences. Current affairs on family, crime and education are regularly discussed in lessons and debated. We hope pupils achieve Sociological knowledge and understanding, as well as strategic skills to lead them to higher education and a broad range of careers.

Sociology Staff

Miss Christodoulou - Head of Department

Ms Warriner

Ms Pitfield

Health & Social Care

Curriculum Intent

The key intention of the curriculum is to develop our students to become educated citizens and contribute to society in a positive way, whilst challenging stereotypes and discrimination.

Health and Social Care provides an insight into how humans develop over the six key life stages (from birth to death). Within each life stage, students will explore the key aspects of development, which involves PIES - the Physical, Intellectual, Emotional and Social factors - and what role they play within development. Students will then look into how different factors and life events can affect it.

Furthermore, students will study the care values, which are at the heart of Health and Social Care. This will enable our students to understand and build on skills such as empathy, compassion, commitment, tolerance and empowerment. This topic equips students with how to provide the care and support that individuals need, whilst taking into account ethical considerations and challenges that they might face.

To support fluidity, the curriculum taught at Key Stage 5 is provided by the same awarding body as Key Stage 4 (Pearsons). Some areas covered at Key Stage 4 are expanded on to a higher level and students are challenged to learn key theorists and how to reference their work, which will support them with the expectations in higher education. The course is designed so that the units build upon each other as the students grow in confidence.

Health and Social Care equips students with a specialist and realistic understanding of a variety of roles in Health and Social Care e.g. doctor, occupational therapist, nurse, social worker and midwife. Students will gain an insight into the roles and responsibilities of the job and will have the opportunity to take part in work experience to build on their knowledge.



Ms K Christodoulou - Head of Department

Ms Warriner

Miss J Pitfield