Bristnall Hall Academy, Bristnall Hall Lane
Oldbury, West Midlands B68 9PA

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Bristnall Hall Academy, Bristnall Hall Lane, Oldbury, West Midlands, B68 9PA

Area Leader: Mr S Ramsey



Students are encouraged to develop their awareness and understanding of different cultures, norms and values. By studying crime and deviance, students develop a sense of empathy for others and recognise how stereotypes can be detrimental to a person’s quality of life. Students are regularly provided with opportunities to question and time is provided to give them space for their own thoughts, ideas and concerns.


Students are provided with opportunities to explore and develop their understanding of moral concepts and values for example equality and beliefs. Students also consider ethical issues which might arise when studying society. Throughout the various topics, students learn to understand the impacts of discrimination and stereotypes. Students are encouraged to consider measures to prevent this.


Within the social sciences curriculum students are given opportunities to demonstrate their leadership and responsibility skills. They are encouraged to work collaboratively with their peers and group members. We aim to develop students critical thinking skills; encouraging respect for difference, self-respect and honesty.


Developing students understanding of the values, attitudes and traditions of different cultures is a central aim of the subject. Extending student’s knowledge of discrimination and equality allows them to appreciate their own lifestyle and empathise with those less fortunate.

BHA Skills and Attributes Development

Student high aspirations – Within the social sciences, students are set challenging targets and students are encouraged to aim high and be aspirational.

Effective communication skills – group work, debates and presentations are regular features of social sciences lessons.

Ability to lead and be a good team player – students will regularly participate in paired or group work and will be expected to take a lead role when required.

Valuing diversity and difference – within social sciences lessons, students develop an understanding of the values, attitudes and traditions of different cultures.

Pride/respect in themselves/community – students are expected to dress according to Academy policy in all social sciences lessons and to present their work neatly.

Self-management skills – students will be expected to meet deadlines when given homework and project tasks. They will be encouraged to manage their time effectively during assessments.

Confidence and resilience – within social sciences, students are encouraged to meet each challenge with positivity. They are set challenging work within lessons and are supported and encouraged to complete this to the best of their ability. Directed Improvement and Reflection Time is built into many lessons to support students to build resilience.

Problem solving and negotiation skills – Students have to work together to make decisions and solve problems. They will then need to convince others that theirs is the best viewpoint.

More Able Students:

A range of tasks are provided throughout the curriculum allowing for the more able to be challenged and stretched. A number of extra-curricular trips are on offer to develop the learning of more able students.


Key Stage 5


Unit 1: Families and households, Research methods. Students study roles in the family and the extent to which the family is equal.

Unit 2: Education with research methods in context. Students study academic achievement patterns in education in relation to gender, ethnicity and social class.

Additional Reading

Webb, R., Westergaard, H., Trobe, K., Townend, A., (2015) ‘AQA A-Level Sociology Book one Including AS Level, Nappier Press Sociology; London

How parents can support: Study area to work in, possibly support with homework through discussions


Unit 3: Beliefs in society. Students study sociological perspectives/ patterns of religion and beliefs and the extent to which it supports or constrains individuals.

Unit 4: Crime and deviance with special application to research methods. Students study patterns in crimes and sociological perspectives of criminal behaviour/patterns.

Additional Reading

Brown, K., Blundell, J., Law, P., Whalley, M (2014) Sociology for A2 AQA, Polity Press, Cambridge

How parents can support: Study area to work in, possibly support with homework through discussions


Key Stage 5


Unit 3: Topics in psychology. Students study biological rhythms and sleep, eating behaviour and relationships.

Unit 4: Psychopathology, Psychology in Action and Research Methods. Students study schizophrenia, research methods and media.

Additional Reading Cardwell, M and Flanagen, C (2012) ‘Psychology A2 The complete companion book’, Oxford University Press, Oxford

How parents can support: Study area to work in, possibly support with homework through discussions

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