The Social Sciences curriculum for Sixth Form students at Wymondham High Academy Trust provides a choice of six subjects which challenge, inspire and motivate. Each subject offers students a unique perspective on the world around us and provides students with the skills to apply theories and concepts to the real world. As subjects with external examinations and assessments the precise subject content is governed by the relevant exam board content. However, teachers ensure that this is the basis for the curriculum and does not limit it. The precise exam board chosen is influenced by the specification content, the nature of the assessment and how the specification complements and builds on the knowledge and skills of our Sixth Form students. Our approach is to explain the world around us and therefore enrich student lives. This means that current events, trends and examples are used to underpin the syllabus taught. Importantly none of the subjects require prior knowledge and teachers ensure that first lessons cater for the needs of those with some knowledge at GCSE and those who have started the subjects in Year 12. In addition, A Level teachers take care to ensure there is a strong foundation of knowledge from year one which is developed with the more challenging year two content.
In A Level Business the AQA specification has been chosen because it includes a wider range of theories and concepts compared to other exam boards. Students therefore gain a wider and deeper understanding of how businesses operate, how to measure their success and the wider impact of their activities. In the main school pupils may have studied GCSE Business for the Edexcel syllabus and therefore experience more variety and an alternative perspective if they also study A Level Business. In Year 12 key concepts are covered, for example, legal ownership, management styles, finance, marketing, human resources and operations. In Year 13 these key strands are revisited from the perspective of larger, multinational, and more complex organisations. This enables students to consolidate and extend their learning throughout the course.