Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour. It seeks answers to such questions such as why do people behave the way they do? Would you be likely to help someone if they collapsed on an underground train? Are the brains of taxi drivers different from the brains of non-taxi drivers? Why do people develop phobias? Will children imitate aggressive behaviour? We look at issues such as how we remember and forget, causes of eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia, how infants bond with their parents, how different parenting results in different behaviours, and the psychological and physiological causes and effects of stress (very useful information for hard pressed A Level students!)
Sociology attracts students who are interested in current affairs and issues and in the society in which we all live. We will be looking at how society and everyday experiences shape our lives. In particular, we study patterns of behaviour within social groups and the impact of class, gender, ethnicity and age on social relationships. The focus of the course will be the UK, but references will be made to other cultures as well. You will look in particular at families and households, education, the mass media and crime and deviance.
The Health and Social Care sector employs a vast number of people across the country within a varied range of job roles. Many of these careers involve meeting the needs of people. This course enables students to learn about key areas and to meet the needs of people in the Health and Social Care sector.