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.
Economics is taught so that students cover both microeconomics and macroeconomics in the first year. A thorough understanding of microeconomics is required to fully grasp the complexities of the macro economy so specialist teachers teach both topics concurrently. The AQA specification includes several theories which add to the degree of rigour and depth of understanding for students. For example, the content taught for labour markets in Year 2 means that students progressing to university will have had a much broader and deeper understanding of microeconomics. In addition, the topic of behavioural economics which is unique to this specification means that students experience a highly up-to-date and evolving aspect of the subject.