Welcome to Monmouth Comprehensive School

Dear Parents and Students

Welcome to Monmouth Comprehensive School

In our school we encourage everyone to have the highest expectations of themselves and each other as together we Learn to Lead our Lives.

We are proud of our students’ academic achievements.  Just as importantly, we are a school that cares.  We believe that students need to feel comfortable and secure in order to learn and, as a school, we put as much emphasis on creating a supportive and happy environment as we do on academic success.  We achieve both.

I look forward to working with you to ensure the very best learning and life for the young people in our care.

Vaughan Davies

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The innovative creation of a Social Science Department at Monmouth Comprehensiveis indicative of the school’s commitment to supporting students in the acquisition of skills for life. An enthusiastic team of subject specialists can offer students expert input into the opportunity to study Child Development and Health and Social Care at Key Stage 4 creating pathways to qualifications at Key Stage 5 in Health and Social Care, and Psychology. The range of skills offered by Social Sciences is extensive and the methods of teaching diverse. All students are encouraged to develop practical, social and academic skills that will improve their knowledge and understanding of both the individual and society and provide them with a solid foundation for their future.


GCSE Child Development  The course involves a significant coursework element, where students develop and carry out investigative and research techniques. The coursework provides students with an excellent opportunity to study an individual child. This experience demands a level of maturity, trust and respect whilst opening student’s eyes to the realities of supporting a developing child. It also introduces students to the rigours of gathering data and report writing.  Child Development gives a student relevant and transferable skills, enhances career opportunities whilst providing a coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study.


BTEC First Certificate in Health and Social Care offers students the chance of a vocational qualification at this level. Students are introduced to topics such as individual rights and needs within the Health and Social Care sectors, communication and human lifespan development. Much of the assessment is project based and student’s knowledge and skills are developed through visiting health and social care establishments and the strong relationships that the Department has with outside agencies.


Students do not need to have completed a Social Science course at Key Stage 4 in order to access qualifications at Key Stage 5.

BTEC Nationals in Health and Social Care. This course may be assessed as a Subsidiary Diploma. This offers students the opportunity to combine modules of this course with the study of other A Levels. The Subsidiary Diploma is equivalent to 1 A Level and the Diploma is equivalent to 2 A Levels. Students may opt for the Extended Diploma which offers a full programme of study which is equivalent to 3 A Levels.

It is now also possible to study this course for one year only in Sixth Form to achieve a Level 3 Certificate; equivalent to one AS Level.

This course offers specialist, work-related qualifications providing preparation for employment and to further career opportunities. This course is designed to develop knowledge and understanding required in Health and Social Care sectors. Students participate in a work experience placement, one day a week, in a relevant care setting.

Following this wide-ranging and stimulating course, students will be able to uncover all the aspects of health and social care that make this a fulfilling and motivating subject. Opportunities to discuss, debate, observe and explore will be created and students will acquire skills and knowledge, which are transferable and help to meet future changes at home and at work. Assignments are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. This provides a good basis for progression to ‘people related’ careers. With further training or study, students follow careers in nursing, social work and residential care management, dentistry, teaching, the police, all welcome the ‘people’ skills gained during this course.

GCE AS /A2 Psychology. This popular and successful course offers students the chance to underpin knowledge gained at Key Stage 4 with a deeper theoretical understanding of the human mind and behaviour. Through a range of resources and a variety of teaching methods students are encouraged to develop their skills of accurate description and critical analysis of theories and studies. The course also further develops practical skills in gathering, analysing and recording data through the student’s own psychological research.

Study of Psychology at A Level engages students in fundamental psychological theory while also relating theory to current issues such as ethics, eyewitness testimony, the treatment of children and eating disorders. Many students go on to study psychology at university but the subject has also supported students undertaking degrees in law, medicine and more vocational courses in social work, counselling and teaching

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