Why study the Humanities?
The Humanities subjects are History, Geography and Philosophy, Religion and Ethics. In Humanities, students develop their understanding of the world and how different societies have developed over time. Students learn to speak and write clearly, to think critically and to analyse beliefs and opinions.
Staff list and responsibilities
Mr M Worthington, Head of Department and RE specialist
Mr N Speers, Head of Geography
Mrs G Moran, Head of Teresa House and History specialist
Mr A Heayns, Gifted & Talented Co-ordinator and History specialist
Miss R Cotter, Head of Learning for Life, Careers Co-ordinator & RE specialist
What we do in Years 7 and 8
Students study all three Humanities subjects during Key Stage 3, taught in termly blocks. Students have three Humanities lessons each week.
In Year 7 and 8, we study RE, History and Geography. This is with the same teacher across the year to help ensure continuity and progression. During Year 8, students choose one Humanities subject to continue studying to GCSE level.
Please click on the following for further curriculum information:
Year 9 students study Core Humanities in the autumn term, ensuring that all students are taught about important historical events such as the two world wars and the Holocaust. GCSE study begins in January of Year 9.
GCSE History (Exam board: Eduqas)
Please see The WJEC Eduqas GCSE Guide for History
History is a ‘gold standard’ GCSE, consistently voted by major universities as one of the most challenging, yet most worthwhile, subjects to study at school.
History GCSE increases knowledge and understanding of key events in the past. Students rapidly improve their writing skills and their ability to organise and structure their thinking. They use a variety of sources of evidence, learn to weigh up evidence and reach sensible conclusions and judgements. Above all, they learn to explain clearly and fully and to analyse – linking ideas together, examining similarities and differences and exploring continuity and change over time.
The GCSE course currently studied by Years 9, 10 and 11 covers:
- Development of America from 1918-1929 – Content
- The development of surgery & medicine since c.500
- A depth study of Germany 1919-1991 – Content
- What life was like in Elizabethan England
GCSE Geography (Exam board: Edexcel B)
Please see The Edexcel B GCSE Guide for Geography
- Natural disasters – earthquakes, volcanoes and hurricanes
- A study of climate change
- Urbanisation & development around the world
- British physical & human environment
GCSE Philosophy, Religion and Ethics (Exam Board: Eduqas)
PRE students study:
- Two case study religions: Christianity & Buddhism
- Ethical issues such as relationships, good & evil, human rights and life & death