Health & Social Sciences

The Health & Social Science Department covers of a wide range of different study programmes, both academic and vocational. Health and general wellbeing are central to the development of every individual and our varied disciplines all serve to promote this.

Our vocational programmes of study strive to give students a taste of the world of work in their chosen field. They include:

VTCT Level 2 Certificate in Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy

The VTCT Level 2 Certificate in Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy (VRQ) aims to support young people to:

• develop a broad and comprehensive understanding of the hair and beauty sector

• develop a significant knowledge core which spans the entire vocational sector and related industries

• develop academic and study skills that will support progression within the hair and beauty sector and more broadly.

This qualification includes four units that can be applied to any sector or vocational area. In this qualification, learners will use hairdressing and beauty therapy and related industries (i.e. retail, leisure, fashion, marketing, media, business) to develop themselves and, in particular, the skills and attributes prized by employers, further education colleges and higher education institutions. The units that make up this qualification include:

• Understanding the hair and beauty sector 

• Hair and beauty research project

 • Business enterprise in hair and beauty

• Marketing and promotions in hair and beauty

Level 2 Award in Child Development and Care

What does the qualification cover?

This qualification provides the opportunity to gain a vocational qualification that gives a basic introduction to the sector. It has been designed to meet the needs of learners from the age of 14 years. It includes the knowledge and understanding of child development and well-being necessary for working with children in a variety of settings. It is aimed at a range of learners who wish to be introduced to childcare and development for children aged 0-5 years. It also gives learners an insight into their preferred learning styles and assists in developing their ability to study. 

How many credits are required to complete it?

This qualification consists of 3 units: two graded A*- D assessed by a graded Assessment Task; and a Synoptic Assessment unit which is assessed via a Multiple Choice Paper.

Learners must achieve three units: 

·        Units 1 and 2. Guided Learning Hours: 120 

·        Unit 3. Multiple Choice Question Paper. Guided Learning Hours: 5

How is it assessed? Assessment is via two internally assessed graded Assessment Tasks and an externally assessed Synoptic Assessment unit, which is assessed via a Multiple Choice Paper. The Award is graded from A* to D.  

What students gain:

We also offer a variety of GCSE and A Level courses in the Social Sciences, including


Edexcel GCSE in Psychology engages students with the process of psychology and its application in today’s world. This contemporary course covers key psychological questions and terms, the research of psychologists, and the research of the students themselves.

Key features of our Edexcel GCSE in Psychology:

·        Developed after consultation with teachers, students and stakeholders

·        Range of current and accessible themes for broader appeal

·        Develops students’ understanding of key underpinning methodology

·        Context-based approach to prepare students for A level study.

Students cover 5 different topics through the course:

·       Aggression

·       Sleep

·       Phobias

·       Dreaming

·       Criminality

GCSE Psychology is assessed through external examination at the end of Year 11.

Unit 1: Perception and Dreaming

Topic A: How do we see our world?

This topic focuses on perception and illusions, drawing on biological and cognitive psychology.

 Topic B: Is dreaming meaningful? This topic addresses Freud’s dream theory and the theory of activation synthesis.

Overview of assessment

• Assessed through an external examination.

• The paper consists of multiple-choice and short-answer questions, and lasts 1 hour and 15 minutes.

• There are 60 marks in the examination and the result contributes 40% of the total grade for the full GCSE.

Unit 2: Social and Biological Psychological Debates

Overview of content

Topic C: Do TV and video games affect young people’s behaviour?

This topic covers causes of aggression including psychological and social causes.

Topic D: Why do we have phobias? This topic considers social learning, conditioning and evolutionary causes of phobias.

Topic E: Are criminals born or made?

This topic considers proposed biological and social causes of criminality.

Overview of assessment

• Assessed through an external examination.

• The paper consists of multiple choice questions, short answers and some extended writing and lasts 1 hour and 45 minutes.

·       There are 90 marks in the examination and the result contributes 60% of the total grade for the full GCSE


GCSE Sociology offers…

• A combination of traditional and contemporary topics, helping learners develop perspectives on their own experience of the social world.

• The chance for learners to communicate their knowledge and understanding in interesting and creative ways, which encourages them also to analyse different aspects of contemporary society

 • The opportunity for learners to develop and demonstrate applied sociological research skills, which gives excellent progression to our A Level Sociology

GCSE Sociology is assessed through external examination at the end of Year 11.

Unit B671: Sociology Basics

Written examination - 25%

Section A:

• Encourages learners to develop a critical understanding of 60 marks sociological evidence and research processes, including knowledge of the main methods and stages of sociological research. Section B

• Introduces the basic key concepts in sociology and starts to make links between the individual and society

Unit B672: Socialisation, Culture and Identity

Written examination – 50%

• A choice of substantive topics, developing the themes of socialisation, culture, identity, and power and control

Unit B673: Applying Sociological Research Techniques

Written examination - 25%

• Learners will apply their sociological research knowledge to two pre-released investigations. They will then be assessed in a written 60 marks examination on research skills, as they apply specifically to the investigations.


The study of Law allows pupils to understand the different ways that laws are made and who works within the legal system and what they do.   Beyond that is a firm grounding in the principles of certain key areas – e.g. criminal law, tort and contract law – and how to apply them to case studies in the same way a solicitor would advise a client. Finally, learners use their developing evaluative skills throughout the course.

What students gain:

Course Details

AS/AS-Level - With an entry requirement of 5 A* - C grade GCSEs, including B or above at English, Law is studied at AS/A2-Level at Tong.

AS Year

Includes Units 1 and 2, which are examined in January and the summer respectively.
Unit 1A Parliamentary Law Making; Delegated Legislation; Statutory Interpretation; Judicial Precedent
Unit 1B Civil Courts and ADR; Criminal Courts and Lay Participation; Legal Profession and Funding; Judiciary
Unit 2A Criminal Liability
Unit 2B Negligence

A2 Year

Includes Units 3 and 4, which are examined in January and the summer respectively.
Unit 3 Contract Law
Unit 4 Tort Law, Concepts of Law

How we teach:

We follow the disciplines that underpin professional legal practice to impart the importance of methodical research, scrupulous evaluation and effective communication of a position. This approach includes classroom study, group and individual work, role play and field trips to law courts, legal practices and other agencies concerned with the delivery and interpretation of legal statutes.

Many students have pursued Law at university, going on to train as solicitors, barristers or legal executives. However, the subject prepares learners for a wide range of career options too. Among these are the police, probation services, conveyancing and criminology.

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