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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
Headteacher

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SOCIAL SCIENCES COURSES

SOCIAL SCIENCES

Subject Leader: Mr G Sinkowski

The innovative creation of a Social Science Department at Monmouth Comprehensive is 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 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 Health and Social Care

This is a vocationally related qualification. It is suitable for those who want a broad background in this area, those who want to progress to higher education and also offers valuable preparation for the world of work. It may lead to further study of Health and Social Care at Level 3, other Level 3 study, apprenticeships or work based training, most particularly in the Health and Social Care Sector. Learners interested in careers with children, the elderly, disabled and those with health needs would find this course particularly rewarding. Careers in teaching, nursery nursing, care work, social work or nursing are all relevant pathways from this course. Assessment for this course is through controlled assessment (60%) and external examination (40%).

GCSE Psychology 

Psychology is the study of the mind and human behaviour and explanations cover a range of approaches to explain behaviour such as social, biological and cognitive. The emphasis on this course will be to learn through practical experience and students will spend time investigating, analysing data, evaluating findings and writing reports. Many of the approaches covered by GCSE Psychology are also considered in greater depth at A Level and the course will help students to make an informed decision about the study of Psychology at a higher level. Psychology is a very versatile subject that can be combined equally well with Sciences, PE, Business Studies, Geography, English and Drama.

It is a valuable subject in the world of Business and Law but students of Psychology can also specialise as Educational, Sport or Clinical Psychologists. It also supports the study of Health and Social Care and is useful for students considering careers in Social Work, Teaching, Nursing or the Police. 

You do not have to study Psychology at GCSE to be able to take an A Level in the subject and many students successfully combine Psychology with both Science and Humanities based courses in the Sixth Form.

KEY STAGE 5 

Students do not need to have completed a Social Science course at Key Stage 4 in order to access 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. Diploma and Extended Diploma 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 and 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.

 


 

 

Croeso/Welcome

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
Headteacher

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