Social Science Department

The Social Science Department is on an exciting journey of improving academic performance within an engaging and inclusive environment.



Hanson Social Science Department is a large innovative department consisting of 5 staff delivering across the full age range 11-19.

  • Curriculum Lead Social Science – Miss Jay Mirza
  • Deputy Curriculum Lead Social Science – Mrs J Hawkins
  • Curriculum Lead Key Stage 5 – Ms Farhana Begum



We are able to utilise the full benefits of a multi million pound building that we moved into in 2014. The department is well resourced with a wealth of opportunities to incorporate the use of ICT. There are 5 dedicated Social Science classrooms personalised to maximise student engagement with interactive whiteboards. There is a wide range of practical resources for use in the classroom environment and the faculty is now developing further teaching methods to allow students to learn collaboratively using independent enquiry skills.

Within Social Science, students are taught Religious Studies in ability sets across two bands. At KS4 students are entered for the short course Edexcel GCSE examination. Social Science also offers KS4 students the option of choosing Sociology and are taught in mixed ability sets, following the AQA exam board. At KS5 we offer both A Level Sociology and Psychology following the AQA exam board. Students take part in a number of Social Science events and challenges. Teachers regularly provide drop in sessions for students requiring catch up and further study skills during the school day and we provide additional support during designated holidays. Additionally, both Psychology and Sociology run weekly revision programmes to support student progress and engagement and to ensure our students are supported through their educational journey.



The Social Science Department has established links with other secondary schools through the provision of activities for students and INSET opportunities for teachers. The faculty have excellent links with Higher Education establishments in the area, encouraging a good proportion of students to opt for Sociology and Psychology at post 16. As part of STEM activities the faculty has benefitted from various visits to and from local universities. Students enjoy their Social Science lessons and are aware of its importance to their education and also the wider role Social Science plays on leaving secondary education. As a result we enjoy strong progress made by our KS5 social science students during summer exams.

Psychology Resources

Sociology Resources

Sociology Curriculum Mapping

RS Resources

RS Curriculum Mapping