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Psychology & Sociology (KS5)

What is it to be a Psychologist and Sociologist at Marriotts?

We aim to create the very best Psychology and Sociology students. The aim of the Psychology and Sociology curriculum is to equip students with the appropriate knowledge and skills needed to be able to understand and explain the causes of human behaviour and the impact of this behaviour on wider society. We do this using quality first teaching which ensures students understand underlying Psychological and Sociological principles and can apply them in a variety of familiar and unfamiliar contexts. We want students to be able to think analytically and reach logical conclusions based on scientific evidence.

As a knowledge based curriculum we believe that knowledge underpins and enables the application of skills; both are entwined. Content is delivered to students and then built upon through a variety of practice questions, with regular quality feedback being given to support student progress. The knowledge acquired then allows students to develop their analytical and critical thinking skills. Cultural Capital is embedded throughout the Social Sciences curriculum. Our students are introduced to a wide variety of viewpoints from some of the most influential Psychologists and Sociologists throughout history. We study the impact that their work has had on the world we live in and students are encouraged to make links between their studies and real life examples. They are expected to analyse the relative contributions of competing theories in order to discuss their impact on our understanding of human behaviour and society as a whole.