Welcome to Monmouth Comprehensive School

Welcome to Monmouth Comprehensive School, and to our website.

We are absolutely determined to provide an exceptional standard of education for every child that comes to our school, so that they have the opportunity to lead happy and successful lives. In order for that to happen, our students need to do two simple things - work hard and be kind.

We are a welcoming and caring school that also has exceedingly high expectations of every single one of our students. We take great pride in enabling them to grow and to flourish.

Hugo Hutchison

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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 and Childcare (HSCCC)

This course equips learners with knowledge, understanding and skills related to the development and care of individuals through life from conception to infancy to later adulthood.  It is a course developed in partnership with the NHS and City & Guilds to deliver a robust programme of study.

The Single Award (1 GCSE) has two units:

Unit 1
Human Growth, Development and Wellbeing
(Written examination)

Unit 2
Promoting and Maintaining Health and Wellbeing
(Non-exam assessment)

Learners have opportunities to investigate care issues and topics of their own choice in the coursework.


This GCSE supports learners in continuing study in related Level 3 courses and entering career choices related to health and social care as well as providing excellent transferable skills across the curriculum.

By studying Health and Social Care and Childcare, learners are able to:

  • develop and apply knowledge, understanding and skills to contemporary issues in a range of Health and Social Care and Childcare contexts
  • actively engage in the study of Health and Social Care and Childcare to develop as effective and independent learners, and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds
  • appreciate a range of perspectives on the impacts of Health and Social Care and Childcare services on wider society
  • consider how Health and Social Care and Childcare practice should be ethical and support a sustainable health and care system
  • develop and apply skills relevant to Health and Social Care and Childcare including using and interpreting data
  • develop an awareness of career pathways available with the Health and Social Care and Childcare sector.

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.


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.


A Level Law provides students with a fascinating insight into the UK legal system.

Students will develop a comprehensive understanding of the role of law in today's society, alongside an awareness of the rights and responsibilities of individuals and how this applies to their lives.  This A Level provides an overview of Criminal Law, Human Rights Law and Tort principles as well as equipping students with the legal skills required for progression to a Law degree or to enter employment.

There are many benefits of studying A Level Law.  It links all aspects of society.  It helps students develop a range of transferable skills: analytical skills, attention to detail, logical thinking, research skills, essay writing skiils and advocacy skills.

This is an exam only course.

Unit One

The Nature of Law and the Welsh and English Legal Systems
(Written examination - 1.45 hours)

Unit Two
The Law of Tort
(Written examination - 1.5 hours)

Unit 3

The Practice of Substantive Law
(Written examination - 1.45 hours)

Unit 4
Substantive Law Perspectives
(Written examination - 2 hours)






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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