The Social Science Faculty covers three separate subjects and currently offers A level courses in Economics (AQA), Politics (Edexcel) and Business (AQA). The content of all three subjects is fluid – it can change every day and often does! These are subjects then that particularly appeal to boys who are engaged with the world around them and who are interested in current affairs.
Our courses are popular throughout the ability range but especially with those that appreciate discussion. There are few ‘right answers’ in these subjects and boys able to provide strong justifiable opinions, who can also appreciate alternative arguments, inevitably perform well. As a result, boys often combine these subjects with a variety of humanities subjects such as History, English, Modern Languages and Geography, although for many they sit comfortably with Mathematics and Science.
Around two thirds of the boys go on to read a university degree related to them. Candidates are prepared each year for Oxbridge application, to read Economics, PPE, Economics & Management, Human, Social and Political Sciences and Modern History and Politics.
A Social Science Society - which meets once per term - attracts many high profile public figures from the world of business, economics and politics as visiting speakers.
Social Science also runs a regular overseas, ten-day trip in the October half-term. In 2016 the trip visited the United States of America (New York City and Washington DC) with an emphasis on visiting political, economic and cultural establishments. In 2018, China was the destination with Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai offering an oriental perspective on economics and business.