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Southfields Academy

Social Sciences

Key Stage 3 

Personal & Social Education

Contact Teacher:

Mr A. Samuels (TiC PSE):  

Course Content/Unit titles:

Units covered include puberty, discrimination, options and careers, choices and risk (alcohol, smoking, drugs, personal safety).

Skills learnt include: 

Group work, communication, independent learning and study skills, literacy, peer/self-assessment, presentation, numeracy, problem solving, ICT, self-management and other employability skills.


End of unit assessments in class.


Watch the news and/or read a newspaper every week. Students may also be given research based homework by their class teacher.

How parents can help:

Encourage students to watch the news and read a newspaper every week.

Key Stage 4

General Studies, Personal, Social & Careers



Qualification type


For more information speak to

Ms A Hine


This course seeks to build on the skills and knowledge gained by the students in their Key Stage Three course.  The emphasis in the work is the development of the individuals, both personally and as a member of society.  Students also examine those issues important in the development of citizenship and harmony within the local and wider community.  Throughout the course students will develop their own self-esteem and be able to make informed decisions in regard to: 

  • Personal health
  • Sex and relationships
  • Sexually transmitted diseases / AIDS
  • Discrimination
  • Power and politics
  • Parenting
  • Career pathways
  • CVs and applying for jobs
  • Preparation for work experience
  • Progress file
  • Crime and community
  • Personal finance and economic wellbeing
  • Issues from different religious perspectives

In conjunction to the PSE / Citizenship / RE component of the Year 10 course, students study a number of integrated careers units of work (work, college and training).  These focus upon career paths, the construction of a CV and extensive preparation for students’ two week block of work experience.  Students also study the benefits of going to university.

Citizenship Studies



Qualification type


For more information speak to

Mr Samuels


GCSE Citizenship studies is taught through active learning which involves activities such as debates, mock trials, role plays and games to engage students in the learning process. It is made up of five different themes which you will study over three years. In addition to these themes you will be taught Citizenship skills, processes and methods that will enable you to make a difference and become an active part of the world around you.


The course content is divided into five themes:

  1. Living together in the UK - migration, identity, diversity, rights, duties
  2. Democracy at work in the UK - electoral systems, MPs, government, scrutiny, law making, devolution, public finances
  3. Law and Justice - rationale, affects, justice system, crime, forms of punishment
  4. Power and Influence - action; how citizens, governments & media exercise power; forms of government
  5. Taking Citizenship action - Students must work in groups (2+) In-depth critical investigation with a citizenship outcome outside the classroom, featuring skills of research and enquiry, interpretation of evidence, planning and collaboration, problem-solving, advocacy, campaigning and evaluation

There will also be a number of extra-curricular activities and trips to enhance the overall learning experience of students who take part in this course including places such The Houses of Parliament and the Royal Courts of Justice. There are also external visitors from members of the House of Lords to Local Magistrates.

Health and Social Care



Qualification type

BTEC Award

For more information speak to

Mr Ferrand


This is a vocational subject which will help you develop the skills, knowledge and understanding you will need to further study or work in Health and Social Care related jobs (e.g. Healthcare, child care, social work, nursing etc.).

You will study a broad and interesting range of units in Health and Social Care, these include:-

Core units: (both will be studied)

  • Unit 1: Human Lifespan development
  • Unit 2: Health and social care values
  • Unit 3: Effective communication in Health and Social Care

Optional and specialist units: (one unit will be studied)

  • Unit 4: Social influences on Health and Wellbeing
  • Unit 5: Promoting Health and Wellbeing
  • Unit 6: The impact of nutrition on Health and Wellbeing
  • Unit 7: Equality and diversity in Health and Social Care
  • Unit 8: Individual rights in Health and Social Care
  • Unit 10: Human Body Systems and Care for Disorders
  • Unit 11: Services in Health and Social Care
  • Unit 12: Creative and therapeutic Activities in Health and Social Care
  • Unit 13: The Health and social Care Sector*
  • Unit 14: The Early Years Sector*

Lessons will include practical demonstrations, role play, presentations, discussions, observations and research.  You will also meet professionals who work in Health and Social Care and go on exciting trips and educational visits.




Qualification type


For more information speak to

Mr Ferrand


Sociology is ‘the study of society’

You will learn:

  • What sociology is and how sociologists do research
  • You will examine what makes people behave and how we learn to be members of   society
  • You will consider whether or not everyone has an equal chance in society and whether  society is fair
  • You will study the role of the family, schools and the police in society.

Topics include; the family, education, crime and deviance, social inequality, sociological methods.

Key Stage 5