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Psychology

Introduction

The mind is something intangible that exists within our brain. An unseen process of enzymes and chemicals that dictate why we feel, think and behave the way we do. But why is it that some people suffer from stress and mental illness and others do not? Why are some people afraid of snakes and others think they are great? Do you follow the crowd or do you lead?

Psychology looks at these questions and others in the study of the human mind and behaviour. It is a science with cutting edge research that has real world applications to issues in everyday life.

In Psychology we develop many skills including:

• How to view the world around you from different perspectives.

• How to analyse data.

• Critical reasoning skills.

Students who take Psychology need a combination of curiosity and scepticism. 

 

Years 7 & 8

Psychology is not offered at Year 7 and 8.

Year 9 – Transition Year

Psychology is not offered at Year 9

Years 10 & 11

Psychology is optional for students. 

Year 10 students will be following new AQA course, the topics they will study are: Memory, Perception, Developmental, Research Methods, Social Influence, Language, Neuropsychology and Abnormal Psychology.

Students will be taught to conduct psychological research, understand the methods used and evaluate the psychological research. 

The subject page can be found here: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/psychology/gcse/psychology-8182

At the end of each topic students will have a formal mock to aid their learning. 

Year 11 students are currently following a legacy course from AQA. In Year 11 they complete they examine the following topics: Social Influence, Learning, Aggression, Sex & Gender and further Research Methods. The subject page can be found here: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/psychology/gcse/psychology-4180

At the end of each topic students will have a formal mock to aid their learning. In order to gain the higher marks students must make clear reference to psychological research.

 

In the run up to exams we offer drop-in sessions for students who need extra support. In addition if a student does not reach their potential in a mock assessment we offer an opportunity for students to be “walked through” the mock.

Careers & future study

Psychology is one of the fastest growing areas in further study and careers. Students who have studied Psychology can consider a career in the following areas: Mental Health, Health Care Professions, Education, Politics, Business, Forensic, International Relations to name a few.

Sixth Form

A-Level Psychology is very popular at Waingels and increasingly we are seeing students going off to study Psychology at University and embark on careers in Psychology.

We offer a number of extra-curricular opportunities including: our annual trip to Auschwitz, meeting a Holocaust Survivor and guest speakers.

We study AQA Psychology. The subject page can be found here: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/psychology/as-and-a-level/psychology-7181-7182

Psychology allows students to understand the world around them, themselves and develop connections to others. 

Psychology develops a number of transferable skills that are suitable for University and the workplace. 

Subject Leader: Mr. S Vegh

Staff: Miss J. Burwell - Second in Department

Miss. A Bowman

 

Religious Studies

Introduction

The Religious Studies Department at Waingels seeks to deliver a thorough, challenging and interesting learning experience.

Our aim is to allow students to develop their awareness of the various cultures and beliefs of the world, the UK and the local area. Within these framework students are also encouraged to challenge and explore their own beliefs and values.

Religious Studies allows the space to answer the big questions.

Years 7 & 8

We currently follow the Pan-Berkshire Locally Agreed Syllabus.  If your child is from a Berkshire Primary School, they would have been following this syllabus in Key Stage 1 and 2. This supports with transition, in Year 7 we examine the following topics: Life as a Sikh, Festivals, Life as a Jew and finish the year with looking at Faith in the Community.

In Year 8 we continue following the Pan-Berkshire Locally Agreed Syllabus, examining the following topics: Life as a Muslim, Prejudice & Discrimination, Life of Jesus, Faith in Action and Poverty.

Assessments are conducted at the end of each topic, students will have small project based homework to support their learning.

Year 9 – Transition Year

We continue to follow the Pan-Berkshire Locally Agreed Syllabus for the first half of the year in the 2nd half of the year we begin to examine skills to support the GCSE course. Some of the topics taught are: Dangerous Worlds, Classical Civilisation, Emotional Intelligence and Life as a Buddhist.

Assessments are conducted at the end of each topic, homework is built around teaching students revision skills ready for Key Stage 3 and 4.

Years 10 & 11

RS is compulsory for all students.

Year 10 students will be following a new course from Eduqas Route A. Students will be examined in three papers (Paper 1: Religious, Philosophical and Ethical Studies in 21st Century, Paper 2: Study of Christianity and Paper 3: Study of Buddhism).

The subject page can be found here: http://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/religious-studies/gcse/

At the end of each topic students will have a formal mock to aid their learning. Exam questions will always have the following format: Define, Describe, Explain and Evaluate & Analyse.

Year 11 students currently following a course form AQA Route A, studying Judaism and Islam. In addition, they have to look at a variety of ethical dilemmas and apply Jewish and Muslim teachings to these dilemmas such as Poverty, Human Rights, Sexuality and Crime. The subject page can be found here: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/religious-studies/gcse/religious-studies-a-8062

At the end of each topic students will have a formal mock to aid their learning. In order to gain the higher marks students must make clear reference to religious teachings.

In the run up to exams we offer drop-in sessions for students who need extra support; in addition if a student does not reach their potential in a mock assessment we offer an opportunity for students to be walked through the mock.

Careers & future study

RS opens up many doors for students. The nature of the subject helps students develop their speaking and listening skills, in addition they are taught to make an argument, sustain a line of argument and examine the strengths and weaknesses of arguments. Finally, students are taught use sources to illustrate a point. All of these skills are useful in the world of: Law, Education, Justice, Health Care, Politics, Business, Public Services to name a few.

Sixth Form

A-Level RS: Philosophy and Ethics is very popular at Waingels as increasingly we are seeing students going off to study Philosophy at University.

We offer a number of extra-curricular opportunities including: our annual trip to Auschwitz, meeting a Holocaust Survivor, debating club and guest speakers.

We study OCR Religious Studies completing the following three components: Philosophy, Ethics and Study of Christianity.  The subject page can be found here: http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-a-level-gce-religious-studies-h173-h573-from-2016/

RS: Philosophy and Ethics allows students to examine the ‘big’ questions in life, challenge and enquire the world around them.

RS: Philosophy and Ethics develops a number of transferable skills that are suitable for University and the workplace. 

Subject Leader: Mr. S Vegh

Staff:                       

Miss. A Bowman

Miss. A Robinson - Student Wellbeing Co-ordinator

Mrs. C Ward

Miss J. Burwell - Second in Department

Mr. R Barber

PSHE

Introduction

At Waingels College we understand that personal and social development is of great importance to our students. Our PSHE curriculum aims to keep our children and young people safe, mentally and physically healthy and prepared for life and work.

The PSHE curriculum is taught in years 7-11 with a focus on three key themes. These are Relationships, Health and Wellbeing and Living in the Wider World. Each theme is relevant and tailored for the specific year group. This curriculum will help them to develop and enhance their personal awareness, have a greater appreciation for other cultures, values and beliefs; and equip our students with the life skills they need when entering the wider community.

Students have a PSHE lesson once a fortnight for an hour. In addition, they have ‘drop-down’ days were they have more intensive sessions for example in Year 10 we run a Safety in Mind, Body and Attitude (SIMBA Day) during the summer term.

Years 7 & 8

Each term is related to the three key themes of the curriculum. The first will focus on relationships with students in both year 7 and 8 exploring different types of relationships, sexual identity, trust and appropriate behaviours. Students will then move to looking at Health and Wellbeing with the main focus on healthy behaviours, making the right choices and beginning to look at the effects and consequences of social and illegal drugs. Finally, students will move onto the Living in the Wider World unit where they will explore finance, life goals and take part in some project work.

Year 9 – Transition Year

The first term of year 9 will focus on the Relationships theme with a focus on intimacy and sexual relationships. Students will explore the role the media has on relationships and build on students understanding of consent and saying no. Students will then move on to study the Health and Wellbeing topic with the main theme being drugs and addiction. Finally, students will take part in the Living in the Wider World topic and explore money, gambling and options for year 10 and their GCSE’s.

Years 10 & 11

PSHE will is compulsory in years 10 and 11 with all students taking part in lessons again related to the three key themes. In the first unit, year 10 will predominantly focus on sexual health, pornography and parenthood. Students will then move on to looking at mental health and how to cope in stressful situations, a key focus being on exam stress. Finally, year 10 students will explore government, parliament and voting in the UK through the study of different laws and political ideas.

Year 11 have a shorted PSHE curriculum. Students will look at a range of topics from drugs and alcohol, sexual norms, LGBT and mental health. Year 11 students will finish the year by looking at diversity and respect in the workplace and reflect on their own goals for further education.

Subject Leader: Mr S Vegh – Head of RS and Social Science
Staff:                
Miss A Robinson – Well-Being Coordinator
Miss J Burwell
Mr R Barber
Mrs C Ward
Miss A Bowman

Health & Social Care

Introduction

Health and Social Care is designed to give you knowledge and skills in understanding the issues that affect the way humans grow, develop and interact within their communities. Studying Health and Social Care helps to:

• Develop knowledge and understanding of issues affecting the health and social sector

• Develop skills that will enable students to make an effective contribution to the care sector

• Enables students to apply knowledge, understanding and skills

• Preparation for further study and training

Years 7 & 8

Health and Social Care is not offered at Year 7 and 8.

Year 9 – Transition Year

Health and Social Care is not offered at Year 9

Years 10 & 11

Year 10 students are starting the new BTEC Tech Award this year. They will complete 3 units over the 2 years. 2 of the units are internal moderated, whilst one is a synopsis that is externally marked. The units they complete are-

1 – Human Lifespan Development

2 – Health and Social Care services and values

3 – Health and Wellbeing

The spec can be found at http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-tech-awards/health-and-social-care.coursematerials.html#filterQuery=category:Pearson-UK:Category%2FSpecification-and-sample-assessments

 

Year 11 students are currently following a legacy Btec course. In Year 11 they complete they complete coursework in the following topics: Nutrition and Human Body Systems.

They also complete an external exam in the Healthy Living topic. 

The specification for the legacy course can be found below:

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-firsts/health-and-social-care-2012-nqf.html#tab-1 

 

Careers & future study

Midwifery, Health care provider, social care provider, BTEC Level3 Health and Social Care, Counselling, Teaching, nursery worker

Sixth Form

The Year 12 students are starting the new National Diploma course. In the first year of study, we will be completing 4 units and completing the extended certificate.  In this year, there will be 2 externally assessed units and 2 internal. Progressing into year 13, we will be focusing on 4 more units, accumulating in 1 more externally moderated unit and 3 within school.

Subject Leader: Mr. S Vegh

Staff:                         

Miss. A Robinson

Mr S Dyson 

Sociology

Introduction

Sociology is currently only offered at A Level. Sociology is the study of human social relationships and institutions. Students study a range of topics including Education, Media, Crime and Deviance. Many choose to study Sociology at university and the transferable skills developed throughout the course also prepare students for work in a range of areas, such as social work and policing.

Students follow the AQA specification

Staff

Subject Leader: Miss E. Windiate

Staff: Mr K Price

Mr M Pembroke – Head of Year 9

Miss L English – Head of Year 10

Miss H Blyth