Social Sciences


“There’s nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so”

- Hamlet

A-Level Psychology develops a deeper understanding of human behaviour and the human mind. There will be focus on how behaviour is influenced by motivation, beliefs, emotions, upbringing and biology. The course itself will offer a wide variety of theories, some of which are socially sensitive and some that just make sense. Students will be encouraged to think in an analytical and critical manner whilst recognising the important impact Psychology has on society. By the end of the course students will be able to challenge themselves and those around them in order to become successful in any given context.



“Each new generation is reared by its predecessor; the latter must therefore improve in order to improve its successor.  The movement is circular”

- Emile Durkheim

Sociology is the study of how society is organised and how we experience life. In taking Sociology at Heathcote, you’ll develop a wide range of skills such as how to analyse and interpret data and arguments and how to apply theories and concepts to explain our social world. Most crucially though, you’ll gain an understanding of, and learn to think critically about, the way individuals and social groups behave.


We welcome the Extended Project and would encourage applicants to undertake one as it will help to develop independent study and research skills valuable for higher education”

- Cambridge

EPQ is a fun, challenging and exciting standalone qualification designed to extend and develop your abilities beyond the A-level syllabus and prepare you for university or a future career. it can be taken as an extension of other qualifications and worth half an A-level. The EPQ will allow you to lead your own project. and you will get to plan and carry out research on a topic that you have chosen and isn't covered by your other qualifications. You will then use your research to produce a written report and, in the case of practical projects, an artefact or a production.


Psychology Pathway

Sociology Pathway