Social Sciences at St Augustine’s Priory consist of A Level subjects which are new to the girls; Business Studies, Economics, Government and Politics, Psychology and Sociology.
We believe that critical thinking is essential for learning. Given that there are seldom definite “correct” answers in the Social Sciences, our girls develop the independent intellectual skills which enable them to engage with complex real world issues and problems. The girls develop a curiosity for learning and an awareness of themselves and others and of how people function in widely varying groups, organisations and societies.
They learn to appreciate the significance of different beliefs, attitudes and values and the impact that these have on social, economic, political and developmental processes.
The Social Sciences allow pupils opportunities to develop both their written and oral powers of expression. Emphasis is placed on discussions, debates and presentations, as well as more formal, written essays; these are essential skills for success at university and beyond.
The girls are encouraged to make the most of the many extra-curricular opportunities available both within and outside of school; there is an active Model United Nations Society, a Young Enterprise Group and a high-level debating club, amongst others.