Social Science Department
Social science
A very warm welcome from the department of Social Science, which is made up of 7 qualified members of staff and one dedicated LSA, all with expertise in this area.  Our department offers a range of subjects from KS3 to KS5 which include SCOPE, RESHAPE, Child Development, Health and Social Care, Sociology and Psychology.

All pupils at Shoeburyness High School are timetabled for 100 minutes of PSHE each fortnight, taught by specialist staff. At KS3 the programme is called SCOPE and allows for social curriculum opportunities for personal education.  At KS4 the programme is called RESHAPE, and is again a timetabled lesson of 100 minutes per fortnight which allows for religious, economic, social, health and personal education.

Child Development is offered at KS4, and pupils will often opt for this subject if they have an interest in careers within childcare, nursing, teaching and social work.  Pupils who wish to continue with further education in any of the Social Science fields also choose this subject.

Health and Social Care is offered as a level 2 qualification, and is of interest to pupils who have considered working with people in careers such as nursing or social work and for pupils who wish to continue with further education in any of the Social Science fields.

Health and Social Care is also offered at KS5 as a level 3 qualification. Pupils who complete their studies usually continue on to level 4 courses at university and then move into professions such as nursing, midwifery and social work.

A level Sociology is offered at KS5 and is often chosen by pupils who wish to become involved with areas such as journalism, social work, medicine and the police service. Again, pupils who study at A-level usually continue to level 4 courses at university to study for professions such as nursing and social work, or to undertake degrees in other social sciences.

Psychology is offered at A-level and is chosen by pupils interested in careers such as clinical or educational psychology.  Pupils studying psychology usually progress to level 4 courses at university.
Please use the links provided to find out more about each area of Social Science and do not hesitate to contact us for further information

Mrs Karen Andrews – CPDL Social Science


child development
Do you enjoy working with children?
Are you interested in how we develop?
Are you interested in caring for others?
Do you enjoy discussing up-to-date news items?

This GCSE will provide opportunity for you to find out about the needs of pre-school children and the best ways in which these can be met.

This subject can lead to further study to gain qualifications in the caring professions, nursing, and teaching as well as being a good basis for the study of Health and Social Care in year 12 and 13.


Health & Social Care
Health and Social Care is delivered as an option subject in both KS4 and 5. Students interested in pursuing careers in health, education or care settings often choose these courses as they provide a foundation for the skills required in these settings; however, students also follow this path to develop a range of other transferable skills such as communication and research.
Cambridge National Certificate (level 2)
This course is studied in years 10 and 11
What will I study?
Unit 1 Essential values of care for use with individuals in care settings
1 hour externally assessed written paper, mandatory (25%)
  • This mandatory unit focuses on the rights of individuals and will instil the values of care to be used when working in a health, social care or early years environment.
  • All good practice is based on these values and enables those who use and work in care settings to apply quality practice.
  • The unit also provides an overview of legislation and its impact on the care settings and covers the hygiene, safety and security matters that relate to promoting a healthy and safe environment.
Unit 2 Communicating and working with individuals in health, social care and early years settings (25%)
Centre assessed task, mandatory
This unit will provide learners with the underpinning knowledge and understanding of how to communicate effectively and what personal qualities will contribute to the creation of a caring environment when working with individuals in a health, social care and early years setting.  
In addition to these two compulsory units you will also have to complete a further two units from a selection offered by the exam board (50%)
This subject can lead to:
Health & Social Care Advanced courses Post-16.
Careers in nursing, midwifery, medicine, police service, early years education, social work, care assistants, probation service, child care and teaching.
Cambridge Technical in Health and Social Care (level 3)
This course is studied in years 12 and 13
  • Are you interested in people?
  • Are you curious about the careers H&SC could lead to?
You will have 6 lessons per fortnight for year one and then you will progress onto the second year of the course to gain the overall qualification of the Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care. You will cover 3 units in the first year:
Unit 1 Building Positive Relationships (Coursework Unit)
  • This unit aims to introduce you to the many different relationships that you will encounter within the health and social care sector
  • You will get a chance to apply communication and relationship building skills in a practical way
  • You will need to consider how different factors, can impact on the building of positive relationships.
  • The unit will help with your relationship building skills
Unit 2 Equality, Diversity and Rights (Examination Unit)
  • You will need to understand the implications of diversity on practice and also the effects of discriminatory practice on individuals who require care or support.
  • You will gain an appreciation of how legislation and national initiatives can support and promote anti-discriminatory practice
Unit 3 Health, Safety and Security (Examination Unit)
  • This unit introduces you to health, safety and security in health and social care
  • You will acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to equip you in maintaining a safe working environment for yourself, your colleagues and individuals who require care and support
  • You will also learn how to respond to different incidents and emergencies with health and social care settings.
What grades do I need to have to get on the course?
5 GCSEs at C grade or above including English and Maths
Scope and Reshape
At KS3 Social Curriculum Opportunities for Personal Education (SCOPE) provides students with the knowledge and understanding essential for the development of confident, healthy and well balanced individuals.

During KS3 pupils will complete a Citizenship project whereby they will explore issues within the local community at year 7, progressing to issues within the UK including British values in year 8.

At KS4, students study RESHAPE (Religious, Economic, Social, Health and Personal Education). This programme continues to equip pupils with the knowledge and skills to deal with the range of issues they face as they grow up.

Both KS3 and KS4 students will receive one lesson per fortnight covering a range of issues related to their health and well-being and following the statutory guidelines which have recently been introduced by the government.  The ares included are:

•    Drugs and alcohol education
•    Emotional health and well-being including mental health issues
•    Sexual health and relationships education
•    Nutrition and physical activity
•    Personal finance and economic awareness/well-being
•    Personal safety including keeping safe online
•    Careers education and transferable skills
•    Work related learning


Do you question why we behave the way we do?
Are you interested in discovering why we conform to authority or how the human brain can control our behaviour? 
Psychology is the study of the mind and human behaviour. We as individuals are complex machines and we all act and behave in certain ways. Psychology applies itself to finding out why. As part of this course students learn 20 core studies that examine and look at different aspects of human behaviour. Students will also look at the research process and undertake their own Psychological research. 

How long does the course last? 
3 lessons per week

What will I learn?  
Component 1 - Research Methods
Component 2 - Psychological themes through core studies
A Level
Components 1 and 2 plus
Component 3 - Applied Psychology
How is the course assessed?  
AS examination Summer Year 12 - Components 1 and 2 
A2 examination Summer Year 13 - Components 1, 2 and 3
What are the entry requirements?  
5 GCSEs at A-C including a grade B in Maths. 
Determination, commitment and a firm interest in human behaviour.
What will I be able to do when I have finished?  
Psychology gives you a broad range of skills that opens up a wide range of opportunities for students. Airforce/ army psychologist, child psychologist, clinical psychologist, cognitive psychologist, community psychologist, consumer psychologist, counselling psychologist, developmental psychologist, forensic psychologist and sports psychologists are prime examples of future careers linked to a study of psychology. 
Further Information  
More details can be obtained from Miss J Lambert.



What will I be doing?
The course is for those wishing to learn more about society. It focuses on culture, identity, inequality, globalisation and crime and deviance. Sociology is a demanding course enabling students to acquire knowledge and a critical understanding of contemporary social processes and social changes. Students have the opportunity to develop a broad set of transferable key skills, including the ability to analyse and formulate clear, logical arguments with scope for extensive evaluation from a range of theoretical perspectives.

What’s in the exam?
You will sit three external examinations all taken at the end of 2 years.
The first exam (1 hour 30 minutes) is assessing your knowledge of socialisation, culture and identity and is worth 30% of the final grade. It is based on themes developed through the context of one of three options: families and relationships, youth subcultures or media.
The second exam (2 hours 15 minutes) is assessing your knowledge of researching and understanding social inequalities and is worth 35% of the final grade. It is based on methods used to conduct research and inequalities in areas such as gender, ethnicity, social class and age.
The third exam (2 hours 15 minutes) is assessing your knowledge of debates in contemporary society and is worth 35% of the final grade. It is based on globalisation and the digital social world through a detailed study of one of three options: crime and deviance, education or religion, belief and faith.

What coursework do I have to do?
There is no coursework.
There will be regular class assessments throughout the course.

What grades do I need to have to get on the course?
You must achieve 5 grade 5 GCSEs including English and Maths in order to study A-level Sociology.

What could this lead to?
Sociology A-level can lead to studying a social science at degree level e.g. Sociology, Psychology, Criminology etc. Sociology is a wide subject that can lead to a variety of different jobs as it covers such a broad range of topics.