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Social Science



Criminology is the study of crime and criminal behaviour, informed by principles of sociology and other non-legal fields, including psychology, economics, statistics, and anthropology. During the Criminology course, students will learn about different types of crime, campaigns that have helped lessen particular crimes, explanations of offending, the workings of the criminal justice system, including looking at roles within the CJS, as well as learning about the process from crime to courtroom.


Years 7, 8 & 9

Criminology is not offered at Key Stage 3.


Years 10 & 11

Criminology is not offered at Key Stage 4. 


Sixth Form

Criminology is currently only offered in Sixth Form and is a very popular subject at Waingels. During the course, students will take part in a workshop run by ex-detectives that allows them to get involved in their own ‘mock’ criminal investigation and court trial.

Criminology is a vocational subject and we study the WJEC specification found here: WJEC ENTRY LEVEL FRAMEWORK SPECIFICATION

The course consists of both internal controlled assessment units and external examination units.


Careers and Future Study

An understanding of criminology is relevant to many job roles within the criminal justice sector, social and probation work and sociology and psychology.



Subject Leader: Miss L Percival

Ms C Ward

Mr Cameron-Larelle


Health & Social Care


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 learnt
  • Preparation for further study and training ready for careers in the Health, Social and child care sectors.


Years 7, 8 and 9

Health and Social Care is not offered at Year 7, 8 and 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 (examined unit)

The spec can be found here.

Year 11 currently are studying the legacy unit due to be completed in June 2023. This can be found here.


Careers & Future Study

Health and Social care opens a number of doors for our students post 16. Our own 6th form to study BTEC level 3 Health and social care, apprenticeships and further career opportunities such as Midwifery, Health care provider, social care provider, Counselling, Teaching, nursery worker to name a few. The possibilities are endless.


Sixth Form

In Year 12 and 13 students will complete a BTEC national level 3 Award. To complete this course students need to complete 3 mandatory units starting with Unit 1:Human Lifespan development (external exam), moving on to Unit 2: Working in Health and Social Care (external exam). In Year 13 the students will complete Unit 5: Meeting Individuals care and support needs (internal assessment) before moving on to an optional unit TBC. (internal assessment) This will be decided between Unit 12 Supporting Individuals with additional needs or Unit 14 Physiological Disorders and their care.  

For further information on this course please visit the following website here



Subject Leader: Ms C McLean (Interim)     

Mr S Cameron-Larelle

Mrs Durrant

Mrs K Tickner



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 follow the GCSE AQA specification. 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.

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:

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. 


Extra-Curricular Activities

We offer a number of extra-curricular opportunities including: our annual trip to the Freud Museum as well as a number of online lectures and guest speakers.

We study AQA Psychology. The subject page can be found here:

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: Miss L Percival

Miss C Cordner

Ms L Chislett




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


Subject Leader: Ms J Bonney


Miss L English 

Mr K Price