Social Sciences

Economics

Through the AS and A Level Economics syllabus, students study how to explain and analyse economic issues and arguments, evaluate economic information, and organise, present and communicate ideas and judgements clearly.

The syllabus covers a range of basic economic ideas, including an introduction to the price system and government intervention, international trade and exchange rates, the measurement of employment and inflation, and the causes and consequences of inflation. Learners also study the price system, the theory of the firm, market failure, macroeconomic theory and policy, and economic growth and development.

Keeping up-to-date with current affairs is essential for Economics and we expect students to regularly read newspapers and magazines, and watch programmes like Newsnight and Question Time.

We also teach students to articulate their ideas and to distinguish between facts, bias and opinion allowing them to put forward persuasive arguments and view issues from all sides.

From very early on students receive plenty of exam practice to improve their technique and enable them to get the best results.

Economics is an intellectually challenging subject that universities and employers hold in high regard.

Business

The Business syllabus enables students to understand and appreciate the nature and scope of business, and the role it plays in society. The syllabus covers economic, environmental, ethical, governmental, legal, social and technological issues, and encourages a critical understanding of organisations, the markets they serve and the process of adding value. Learners examine the management of organisations and, in particular, the process of decision-making in a dynamic external environment.

Business related courses have proved increasingly popular as university choices for students at London Brookes College. Students studying Business Studies have, in recent years, gone on to study at some of the country’s most respected universities for business and management.

Psychology

Psychology A level has experienced a surge in student demand in recent years and has become a popular choice for London Brookes College students who continue to achieve excellent results in this subject.

AS and A Level Psychology learners develop their appreciation of the subject by exploring the ways in which psychology is conducted. As part of their studies, learners also review important research; this provides an insight into the ways in which psychology has been applied, thereby leading to a better understanding of key approaches, research methods and issues and debates.

The syllabus reflects four core areas of psychology, namely biological, cognitive, learning and social; it also relates psychology to abnormality, consumer behaviour, health and organisations.

 

Sociology

In a rapidly changing world, AS and A Level Sociology offers students the opportunity not only to explore the processes that are shaping current trends, but also to develop an understanding of the complexity and diversity of human societies and their continuities with the past.

The study of sociology stimulates awareness of contemporary social, cultural and political issues, and focuses on the importance of examining these issues in a rigorous, reasoned and analytical way. Students learn important skills such as essay writing, topic evaluation, comparing theories and assessing different research methods. There is a lot of focus on communication skills which are very useful in fields such as management, PR, campaigning, advertising, marketing, business and people focused public sector professions as well as university research in the social sciences and social policy.

 

Politics

Over the course students will investigate the role played by political parties, pressure groups, electoral systems, voter behaviour and the media in shaping the way the UK is governed, as well as examining constitutional history and the wider concept of representation and democracy within the political culture.

This course will appeal if you enjoy debating current affairs and politics generally, have a keen appreciation of the need to participate in the decision-making process, like doing a subject that affects your everyday life, or that offers the opportunity to progress to a career in politics, or simply to keep your options open – Politics can be a useful choice for a wide range of careers and can be combined with a wide range of sciences, social sciences and humanities subjects.

Geography

The Geography syllabus builds upon skills gained at GCSE (or equivalent) level study. Students widen their knowledge and understanding of the subject, while developing their investigative abilities and their evaluation and decision-making skills.

The syllabus is wide-ranging and comprises a variety of options. For example, learners can study topics such as hydrology and fluvial geomorphology, atmosphere and weather, rocks and weathering, population change and settlement dynamics. The syllabus considers a range of environments, from tropical to arid, and learners can also study subjects such as environmental management, global interdependence and economic transition.

Climate change, migration, natural disasters, inequality, energy security and water insecurity are just some of the challenges facing the next generation, which geographers must help address.

Geography offers a wide range of options for further study and is highly respected as a ‘facilitating’ subject by Russell Group Universities.