Coastal Academy Trust

Social Sciences


The Social Sciences incorporate the KES values of being globally minded citizens who are ambitious and inquisitive.  These values will guide students on their journey throughout their school journey and beyond.

Globally Diverse Ambitious for the Future Inquisitive Learners

Social Sciences students

  • Learn about care values, fostering an understanding of equality and diversity and creating principled, caring globally minded students.

  • Learn about the importance of culture cultural development in shaping individuals, in SCA and Psychology.

  • Develop an awareness of global, national and local equality and inequalities and feel empowered to address inequality

Learn about the impact of a range of factors on physical and mental health empowers students to care for themselves and others within the school and wider community.

Social Sciences students

  • Undertake teamwork and problem solving opportunities develop skills for the future workplace.

  • Become reflective and evaluative and set themselves high standards.

  • Develop resilience by exploring a range of ways to overcome challenges.

  • Blend approaches to learning develops academic and vocational skills.

  • Evaluate evidence to support their arguments.

  • Have opportunities to undertake a week of work experience in health and social care environments, and those doing the extended diploma undertake 100 hours of work experience.

  • Have access to a strong alumni network whose visits to the school inspire students to aim high and challenge themselves.

Social Sciences students

  • Link the IB values to lessons.

  • Are  encouraged to have high aspirations for themselves and make links between the vocational and general transferable skills learned in the course and the workplace.

  • Celebrate success in the development of personal qualities such as being caring, responsible and enquire

  • There are opportunities to meet professionals and linking learning to current issues all provide learning opportunities outside of the traditional classroom.

  • Visit settings such as to Maidstone hospital , Canterbury Christchurch University, or London Anthropology day  and Disneyland Paris

  • Become confident to ask searching  questions and able to link this to their learning.


Key Stage 4

In key stage 4 students can study BTEC L2 Tech Award in Health and Social Care. Through this course, we focus on an individual's journey through life and the factors that affect development, including education. We aim to develop an appreciation of the informal nature of education throughout life, from child development to training and experiential learning in adulthood. Visits from professionals are organised to talk to students about their career path.

We give students insight into their own development and the factors that affect it. We aim to develop students’ understanding of strategies to deal with life events and their knowledge of sources of support. We also aim to inspire students to consider a wide range of careers.

We develop empathy and compassion for others. Students are taught to understand that life throws challenges to everyone. They are also taught to understand that there are social aspects to health and wellbeing. They are encouraged to role model positive behaviours.


Key Stage 5

In key stage 5, we offer students the BTEC L3 Diploma in Health and Social Care, IB Social and Cultural Anthropology and IB Psychology. In all of these courses we link the IB values to  all lessons. Students are encouraged to have high aspirations, and to make links between the vocational and general transferable skills. We aim for the highest levels in coursework and examined units, and plan educational visits and speakers, in order to inspire and motivate students, and to encourage them to see their work from a different perspective.

In Psychology, behaviour and its root causes and motivations are linked to careers and wellbeing in the workplace.  In SCA, students prepare for critical thinking and synthesising knowledge and understanding from diverse experiences. HSC is directly vocational and links to all careers within that sector and beyond. 

We arrange access to outside visitors and trips to health and social care  locations, in order that students get opportunities to see the real world. Students will complete tasks on ethical and moral dilemmas within each of these courses. They will also have opportunities to examine world wide issues and promote positive actions, e.g. how to promote awareness of depression in communities. Students will examine real world issues, causes and solutions,e.g. Human trafficking and migration