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Key Stage 4 Options Booklet 2017/2018

Humanities Department

The humanities department offers GCSEs in Geography, History and religious studies. These subjects develop our knowledge and understanding of human behaviour and its consequences for others and the world we live in. They teach us to appreciate different cultures and beliefs and to understand the world around us. Through studying a humanities subject, you will be learning how to think creatively and critically, to reason and to ask questions, providing you with essential skills that may be applied in other subjects and in everyday life.

The humanities are traditional subjects which are held in high regard as academic disciplines and are therefore looked upon very favourably by both employers and universities. In addition, religious studies may be taken as an optional subject in which you will consider the beliefs and practises of two religions, investigate ethical and philosophical issues and gain knowledge and understanding to make your own informed decisions.

Courses and options offered in Humanities

  • GCSE Geography
  • GCSE History
  • GCSE Religious Studiess
Trips and Visits

The GCSE Geography students are required to undertake two geographical enquiries, each of which must include the use of primary data, collected as part of a fieldwork exercise. Fieldwork takes place outside of the classroom and on two separate occasions. The cost of the fieldtrips vary depending on the distance to the location and duration of the stay (i.e. there is a small charge for fuel and any overnight stays will incur an additional cost). GCSE History students are not required to complete any field work, however students will have the opportunity to see the ‘Doctors show’ production as part of their study of ‘Britain: Health and the people: c1000 to the present day’. Visits to local places of worship and visits from external speakers often forms part of the Religious Studies course.

GCSE Geography
Exam BoardAQA
AssessmentTwo externally set written papers
OverviewThis is an optional course, taught over two lessons. Students will study a variety of geographical issues and topics. Students will study two compulsory topics: Living with the physical environment and Challenges in the human environment whilst developing various geographical skills.
Units studied

Living with the physical environment:

  • The challenge of natural hazards
  • The living world
  • Physical landscapes in the UK

Challenges in the human environment:

  • Urban issues and challenges
  • The changing economic world
  • The challenge of resource management

Geographical applications which includes an issue evaluation and fieldwork.

Progression to Sixth FormThis course can lead to the study of A Level Geography.
GCSE History
Exam BoardAQA
AssessmentTwo externally set written papers
OverviewThis is an optional course, taught over two lessons. Students will study four different historical topics which will be taught using a variety of methods. Through studying these topics, students will develop a knowledge and understanding of the past, of the reasons some of these events took place and how they affect the attitudes of people today. They will also develop important skills, such as the ability to analyse and communicate information.
Units studied
  • America, 1840–1895: Expansion and consolidation
  • Conflict and tension between East and West, 1945–1972
  • Britain: Health and the people: c1000 to the present day
  • Norman England, c1066–c1100
Progression to Sixth FormThis course can lead to the study of A Level History.
GCSE Religious Studies
Exam BoardAQA
Assessmentexternally set written papers
OverviewThis is an optional course, taught over two lessons. Students will develop important skills in analytical thinking and in producing coherent arguments. Religious Studies also supports skills developed in other subjects such as the ability to communicate information and to understand the points of view of others without necessarily agreeing with them. Through studying the various topics, students will develop a knowledge and understanding of different beliefs and of the reasons why these views are held and how different worldviews affect the attitudes of people today; linking to an understanding of their own personal views on various issues.
Units studied
  • The study of the beliefs and practises of two religions
  • The study of four thematic ethical and philosophical issues
Progression to Sixth FormThis course can lead to the study of A Level Philosophy and Ethics.
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