Humanities is the study of actions and consequences as well as the world we live in. Geography teaches pupils about the world around us and the impact we can have on the world. History focuses on how the past shapes the world we live in today.


The Humanities Department consists of a team of dedicated specialist History and Geography teachers. Students are placed in sets according to their ability, with flexibility to move sets according to progress made. All students are assessed each half term and each year has a formal exam. Assessments include GCSE style questions from Year 7, which enables students to learn and practice exam skills. Homework is set once a week for all years. Fieldwork is taking on an increasingly important role within the department, and is embedded into the scheme of work for Years 7 - 11.

During Year 7 and 8, all students study both History, Geography and Religious Education. Topics taught are selected to engage students and inspire them with a passion for the Humanities. Students have separate Geography, History and Religious Education lessons in Year 7 and 8. History lessons help students develop a sense of their own identity through an understanding of History at national and international levels. History helps students ask and answer questions of the present by engaging with the past. In History topics include World War 1, Crime and Punishment and the Industrial Revolution. In Geography lessons, students will develop their interest in places, people and the environment. Geography teaches students how landscapes are formed and how a diverse range of economies, societies and their environments are interconnected. Topics in Geography include Map Skills, Population, Restless Earth and Coasts. Religious Education lessons cover festivals and beliefs of a number of different religions as an introduction to the full GCSE course that pupils can opt to study during Key Stage 4.

From Year 9 onwards, students can choose to study Geography, History, Religious Studies or for some pupils more than one subject. GCSE exams are taken at the end of Year 11.

In GCSE History, students complete the Edexcel specification. The course encompasses a wide range of themes, historical events and eras, so students can understand the past and its impact on the world around us.


Course outline for GCSE History

Thematic study and historic environment

    • Crime and Punishment in Britain, c1000 – present

Period study and British dept

    • Early Elizabethan England, 1558 - 88
    • Superpower Relations and the Cold War, 1941 - 91

Modern depth study

    • Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918 – 39


In GCSE Geography, pupils complete the Edexcel B specification. The course includes a wide range of contemporary themes and issues, so pupils can understand the world around us and what could affect its future.


Course outline for GCSE Geography

Global Geographical Issues:

    • Hazardous Earth
    • Development Dynamics
    • Challenges of an Urbanising World

UK Geographical Issues:

    • Coasts
    • Rivers
    • Dynamic Urban Cities
    • Includes two fieldwork investigations

People and the Environment – Making Geographical Decisions:

    • People and the Biosphere
    • Forests Under Threat
    • Consuming Energy Resources

In GCSE Religious Studies pupils complete the OCR specification.


Course outline for GCSE Religious Studies

Beliefs and teaching and Practices:

Students study the beliefs, teachings and practices of two of the following major world religions:

    • Christianity
    • Islam
    • Judaism
    • Buddhism
    • Hinduism

Religion, philosophy and ethics in the modern world from a religious perspective

Students study different philosophical and ethical arguments and their impact and influence in the modern world from the perspective of one of the religions they studied in component group 1.

There are four themes of study:

    • Relationships and families
    • The existence of God/gods/ultimate reality
    • Religion, peace and conflict
    • Dialogue within and between religions and non-religious beliefs.


Scheme of Work