Faculty of

Social Sciences

Social Sciences

Welcome to the EBS Social Sciences Faculty! We hope to provide you with all the information you need about this faculty, but if you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Social Sciences encompasses Business Studies, Child Development, Economics, Health & Social Care, Politics, Psychology, Sociology and BTEC Business, with more details of each below.

Business Studies

Business Studies is a subject that explores the world of Business and aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to confidently use business terminology, concepts, theories and models to develop themselves and critically understand the rapidly changing business world. The students will be able to apply their knowledge in a variety of contexts (e.g. large/small, UK focused/global, service/manufacturing) and consider the importance of the context of business in relation to decision making.

Child Development

Child Development explores the development of children from conception to five years of age. It studies many aspects including pregnancy and labour, equipment, nutrition, milestones and how a child progresses physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially. Students complete a Child Study in Year 11 and will require excellent analytical skills to apply their understanding to how a range of factors can stimulate, but also affect a child’s development.


In the first year of your Economics course, you will be introduced to microeconomic and macroeconomics. Microeconomics addresses issues such as: ‘Why are house prices so high?’, ‘Can pollution effectively be controlled?’ and ‘When, how and why should governments interfere with markets?’. Macroeconomics issues include: ‘Why does the Government have an inflation rate target and how does it affect us?’, ‘What happens to the economy if people decide to spend more?’, ‘How are we positively and negatively affected by the growth Chinese and Indian economies? And ‘What will Brexit mean for the UK, European and global economies, business and citizens?’  In the second year of your Economics course, you will develop a considerably more advanced understanding of microeconomic and macroeconomics concepts and theories, and learn to deeply analyse and evaluate the values and limitations of economic models. You will explore these ideas with a more global context, which includes the impact of globalisation on UK economic performance; and how the interaction of firms in a market; the competing objectives of, and various influences on, economic actors can have implications for the efficiency and equity of markets and the global economy.  We follow the GCE in A Level Economics as set out in the Edexcel Specifications for Economics A.

Health & Social Care

Health care roles include doctors, pharmacists, nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants, while social care roles include care assistants, occupational therapists, counsellors and administrators. Together, they account for nearly one in ten of all paid jobs in the UK. Demand for both health and social care is likely to rise, so they will continue to play a key role in UK society and the demand for people to carry out these vital roles will increase.

 Study of this course at Key Stage 4 will complement GCSE study through providing an opportunity for practical application by demonstrating the important skills required in Health and Social Care  learnt in the classroom in practical workplace settings .

This subject is offered at Level 2 with a fall back to level 1 and is recognised as part of the performance measures of  progress 8.

Students develop key skills that prove aptitude in health and social care such as interpreting data to assess an individual’s health. 


Politics will appeal to those who have an interest in current affairs and the changing political landscape in the 21st century. Studying it offers the opportunity to engage in contemporary political debates, develop knowledge and understanding of current issues of political or constitutional importance. Having acquired a structured foundation of political knowledge the course goes on to develop a deeper understanding of the ideas, processes and relationships that shape the evolution of political systems and the lives of citizens. Politics in the UK is studied in the context of the EU and the wider world.


Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour. Psychology is a very exciting subject because it takes students to the leading edge of modern research developments. It investigates many interesting questions: How did the Holocaust happen? What is the difference between ‘normal’ and ‘abnormal’ people? Why do some people develop eating disorders? The study of Psychology requires flexibility and the ability to explore doubt and uncertainty. Psychology develops independence of mind and by developing a whole range of academic skills, prepares students for the transition to higher education.  Psychology makes connections between different academic subjects. It teaches very valuable skills such as how to analyse research evidence with a critical eye, develop clear writing skills and discuss and debate complex psychological ideas. The subject involves designing scientific research models, interpreting, analysing and evaluating data. Studying will share ideas and work in a team with others. To enjoy Psychology, students must be flexible and be prepared to tolerate doubt and uncertainty. Psychology develops independence of mind and prepares students for the transition to higher education.


As a subject that explores the contemporary social world, Sociology aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to confidently interact with others, develop themselves and critically understand the rapidly changing world we live in. It encompasses a variety of perspectives and is an evidenced based subject encompassing many current debates including the changing nature of society and philosophies of what shapes the individual and the group. Also, the nature of ideas and beliefs in society and social structures such as social class, gender and ethnicity.

BTEC Business

Our Cambridge Technicals Diploma gives the student the assurance that they have the right qualifications to support a lifelong learning journey.  The content is designed to be exciting and engaging, fit for purpose and suitable for the needs of our students.  The Diploma is designed to meet the changing needs of the business sector and to prepare our students for the challenges they’ll face in Higher Education or employment.  Through deepening their analysis and research skills, students will explore ways in which businesses respond to changes in their economic, social and technological environment; and gain an appreciation of the influence different stakeholders can have upon a business.

Example Careers in Social Sciences

  • Border Force Officer
  • Business Analyst
  • Business Project Manager
  • Childminder
  • Children's Nurse
  • Counsellor
  • Digital Marketer
  • Diplomatic Service Officer
  • Education Welfare Officer
  • Equalities Officer
  • Estate Agent
  • Family Mediator
  • Housing Officer
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Life Coach
  • Management Consultant
  • MP
  • Newspaper / Magazine Editor
  • Pensions Adviser
  • Psychiatrist
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Social Worker
  • Sport & Exercise Psychologist
  • Substance Misuse Outreach Worker
  • Welfare Rights Officer
  • Youth Worker

For more information on Careers, please visit our Careers & Alumni page.

Revision for Social Sciences

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Social Sciences Faculty

J. David
Head of Faculty

431 (4th Floor)
020 8344 2100

If you require any further information about the curriculum we are following in this subject, please contact the Head of Faculty.

Social Sciences at Different Key Stages

business wheel

Business Studies at KS4

Level : Key Stage 4 (GCSE)
baby clothes

Child Development at KS4

Level : Key Stage 4 (GCSE)
health chart

Health & Social Care at KS4

Level : Key Stage 4 (GCSE)

Sociology at KS4

Level : Key Stage 4 (GCSE)
laptop with pie chart

Business Studies at KS5

Level : Key Stage 5 ('A' Level)

Economics at KS5

Level : Key Stage 5 ('A' Level)

Politics at KS5

Level : Key Stage 5 ('A' Level)
brain x ray

Psychology at KS5

Level : Key Stage 5 ('A' Level)
hands together

Sociology at KS5

Level : Key Stage 5 ('A' Level)

Cambridge Technical Business Level 3 Diploma

Level : Key Stage 5 ('A' Level)

The Bridging Course at KS5

Level : Key Stage 5 ('A' Level)