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The Humanities Faculty

The Humanities Faculty

Too many mistakes have been made over the years because our government did not understand ― or even seek to understand ― the countries or cultures we were dealing with. – Robert M. Gates (former US Secretary of Defence)

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Teaching Staff

Ms J Lindsay – Head of Humanities / Social Sciences
Mr M Griffiths – 2nd of Humanities
Mr M Doherty – Teacher of Humanities / Head of KS4
Ms V Jack – Teacher of Sociology
Mr D McGuire – Teacher of Psychology / Shared Head of KS5

 

 

 

In Humanities students learn about their world and the people in it.
It is about:

  • what people have done in the past and the reasons why they did it (History)
  • what different groups of people believe and how their beliefs influence their actions (RE)
  • where people live and how they interact with their environment (Geography)

 

In The Classroom:- Year 8

In The Classroom:- Year 7

 

 

KS3 Curriculum

All students in Years 7-9 study Humanities for at least 7 hours per fortnight. The National Curriculum for Geography and History and the Herts Agreed for Religious Education form the basis of the content of the course.

 

Geography
In Geography, students will study topics such as:

  • Why is population growth a serious issue?
  • Why should we protect our ecosystems?
  • Is British weather really that bad?

History
In History, the studies include:

  • What problems did medieval monarchs face?
  • How did Britain become a leading power in the world?
  • Why should we remember World War 1?

 

RE
In RE, the issues include:

  • Who inspires us?
  • What lies beyond the grave?
  • What do we mean by freedom and justice?

Geography GCSE 9-1 assessment descriptorHistory GCSE 9-1 assessment descriptor

KS4 Curriculum

Students in Years 10-11 may wish to continue their studies in the Humanities subjects. Students are given the opportunity to study Geography and History  and all these qualifications lead to a GCSE.

 

Geography GCSE  Edexcel B Year 11
In GCSE Geography, The Geography GCSE gives students the opportunity to follow a balanced study programme. Key ideas and issues include:

  • Restless Earth: Plate tectonics and hazards.
  • Coastal change and conflict: Threats to coasts caused by climate change.
  • Globalisation: Growth of global companies and employment

The examination is made up of 3 written examinations and a controlled assessment which is an investigation based on residential fieldwork. The Edexcel B course is followed.

Geography GCSE Edexcel B Year 10

In GCSE Geography students have the opportunity to follow a balanced study programme.  Key ideas and issues include:

Plate tectonics and hazards/climate/development

Geographical issues: UK’s evolving landscape

People and environment issues: biosphere/forestry/resources

 

The examination is made up of 3 terminal exams.  25% of Papers 1 and 2 are based on residential fieldwork.

In GCSE History, students have the opportunity to investigate a study in depth and a study through time. We follow the AQA SHP course which has 2 terminal exams and 25% controlled assessment. Students have 3 areas of study:

  • Medicine Through Time
  • Nazi Germany
  • A Local History Study

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GCSE AQA History Year 10

In GCSE History students have the opportunity to investigate studies in depth and a study through time.

Students have 4 areas of study:

Britain: Health and People

Elizabethan England

Germany 1890-1945

Conflict and Tension 1918-1939

The examination is made up of 2 terminal exams.

Geography GCSE 9-1 assessment descriptor

History GCSE 9-1 assessment descriptorHistory AQA more informationEdexcel Geograph B more information

KS5 Curriculum

In the sixth form, the faculty offers A level qualifications in Geography, History, Psychology and Sociology.

 

Geography A Level (Edexcel)Year 13
Geography A Level (Edexcel) In Geography, students will consider the values and attitudes of decision makers, consider their own values and attitudes to the issues being studied and support their learning of ideas through the study of specific case studies. Students will also develop a variety of geographical skills through residential fieldwork. Students will study:

  • Global Challenges
  • Geographical Investigations
  • Contested Planet
  • Geographical Research on Health

Students follow the Edexcel course which has 4 terminal exams.

Geography A Level (Edexcel) Year 12
Geography A Level (Edexcel) In Geography, students will consider the values and attitudes of decision makers, consider their own values and attitudes to the issues being studied and support their learning of ideas through the study of specific case studies. Students will also develop a variety of geographical skills through residential fieldwork. Students will study:

  • Dynamic landscapes: tectonics and coasts
  • Dynamic places: globalisation, regenerating places
  • Physical systems: water cycle, carbon cycle, climate
  • Human systems: super powers, global development

Students will do 3 terminal exams and a piece of coursework.

History A Level (AQA) Year 13

In History, students develop their understanding of the impact of History on individuals and society.

Students will study:

  • The Tudors 1485-1603
  • The American dream  1945-1980
  • Historical investigation – based on a topic of a student’s choice

 

Students will do 2 terminal exams and an historical investigation.

 

 

 

History A Level (AQA) Year 12

In History, students develop their understanding of the impact of History on individuals and society.

Students will study:

  • Religious conflict and the church in England 1529-1570
  • Tsarist and communist Russia 1855-1964
  • Historical investigation – based on a topic of a student’s choice.

Students will do 2 terminal exams and an historical investigation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Psychology A Level (OCR) Years 12 & 13
Psychology A Level (OCR) A Level Psychology is concerned with the scientific study of the human mind and behaviour – how we think, feel, act and interact individually and in groups. Students will study topics such as:

  • Methods of psychological research
  • Core psychological studies

 

  • Mental illness

 

  • Criminal psychology

 

  • Sports and exercise psychology

Students follow the OCR specification which has 4 terminal exams.

Sociology A Level (AQA) year 12 & 13

In Sociology students gain a deeper understanding of the world around them and reflect on social issues.

Students will study:

  • The Family and Households
  • Education with theories and methods
  • Crime and Deviance with theories and methods
  • Beliefs in society

 

 

 

Students will do 3 terminal exams.

 

 

 

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Extra-Curricular Activities

There is an extensive programme of activities to support learning outside of the classroom. These include local history and geography visits to Hitchin and Letchworth and trips to Norwich. We visit the First World War battlefield sites in Ypres. We offer residential trips to Poland, Berlin and Prague. This is an area of learning that we find very exciting.

 

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