Humanities - (RS/PHSE/Citizenship)


Staff Quote

Carolyn Doughton
Subject Leader Humanities
- PSHE and RS


Joanne Lee
Subject leader Humanities
- Citizenship and RS

Jean Bloye


It is sometimes said that the study of … humanities disciplines can help us ask the right questions, but cannot provide us specific answers to contemporary challenges … in many cases, [humanities] also provides real skills, knowledge and expertise ...”
– Gen. David A. Petraeus


“The arts and humanities define who we are as a people. That is their power ― to remind us of what we each have to offer, and what we all have in common. To help us understand our history and imagine our future. To give us hope in the moments of struggle and to bring us together when nothing else will.”
– First Lady Michelle Obama


“The adequate study of culture, our own and those on the opposite side of the globe, can press on to fulfilment only as we learn today from the humanities as well as from the scientists.”
– Ruth Benedict (1887–1948), U.S. anthropologist.


“Good work, like good talk or any other form of worthwhile human relationship depends upon being able to assume an extended shared world.”
– Stefan Collini, Professor - Cambridge University

Why Study Humanities?

We believe the study of humanities plays a major role in helping to develop the skills needed by our young people to cope with the demands of being an effective citizen in the 21st century.

Through discrete and integrated programmes of study in the subjects of Citizenship, Personal Social Health and Economic Education, plus Religious Studies we are able to encourage understanding of others through religion, history and cultures and discover how people try to make moral, spiritual and intellectual sense of the world. Humanities teaches empathy and promotes social justice and equality, we encourage independent and critical thinking and the importance of giving consideration to more than one point of view.

Humanities inspires us to ask questions about ourselves and about our world in order to become informed, critical and effective citizens.



Our aims include:

Exploring ways in which cultural, economic, environmental, historical, legal, moral, political, social and spiritual factors interact to shape the world in which we live today.

Examination of issues which affect the nature and quality of human life, including an appreciation of diversity and similarities, differences of attitudes, values and beliefs in societies as they exist around the world, whilst considering individual rights and responsibilities.

Developing an awareness of how people of different cultures and societies relate to each other and the world we live in and to consider how current and historic opportunities, constraints and decisions influence us.

Cultivating effective and independent learners, able to reflect critically and objectively and to foster enquiring minds in order to demonstrate an understanding which extends beyond the remit of each individual subject discipline.

Promotion of decision-making skills through personal and collaborative investigation of issues that are important, real and relevant to young people and to the world in which they live.


Students study a carousel of discrete programmes of Citizenship, Personal Social Health and Economic Education, and Religious Studies.



Society and the law, active citizenship and democracy



Personal Well-being, Economic Well-being and Financial Capability and Drugs and managing risk-taking behaviour



Religious texts, people of faith and moral and ethical dilemmas


Combined PSHE Project

All students simultaneously study vital PSHE topics in the final weeks of Years 7 - 9.

Year 7 focus on ‘Dealing with Change’ examining the emotional, intellectual and physical changes which occur naturally during puberty.

Year 8 focus on the topic of Relationships - both positive and negative.

Year 9 focus on the topic of Education for Relationships and Sex - A nationally recognised programme of Education for Relationships and Sex, re-examining the emotional, intellectual and physical changes which occur naturally during puberty with additional insight into the laws relating to consensual and non-consensual behaviour.


All students study a programme leading to a GCSE equivalent in PSHE. GCSE Humanities, GCSE Citizenship and GCSE RS are offered as options.


The 5 inter-related topics studied at GCSE level are:


Issues of Citizenship, examining:

The importance of social justice and of protecting human rights, with an appreciation of the consequences of the denial of rights and freedoms.

Different forms of political organisation at a societal level and why some limit democracy.

The difference between criminal and civil law coupled with a basic review of how law and the criminal justice system works in the United Kingdom.

The historical development of democracy in the United Kingdom and the complex nature of communities within the United Kingdom, their multiple identities and the impact of this on community cohesion.

Issues of Economic Wellbeing and Financial Capability, examining:

Different types of economic activity and the impact on society of changes in economic activity.

Why changes in employment patterns and working practices have occurred and the consequences of these changes for individuals.

How the modern economy functions in the United Kingdom and how this understanding can be applied within a European and global context.

The concept of financial capability in supporting business and the economic wellbeing of the individual. Rights and responsibilities at work and attitudes and values in relation to work and enterprise.

Environmental Issues, examining:

The historical development and potential threats posed by climate change.

Different strategies that could be used to deal with these threats at an individual and societal and global level.

Different approaches to resource use and management to create improved environmental sustainability; detailed examples should focus on local level initiatives.

Religious and Moral Issues, examining:

The nature of religious belief and its significance for the lives of individuals.

Fundamental questions of meaning from the perspective of the six main religions and how religious beliefs can affect people's values and their attitudes to moral issues.

Different viewpoints, arguments and evidence put forward by religious and non-religious sources, in order to be able to come to an informed, rational, and imaginative personal choice.

Issues of Health and Welfare, examining:

The potential threats to health and welfare and the different strategies that could be used to deal with these threats at both an individual and societal level.

The different, historical approaches to health and welfare in the United Kingdom as well as the differences in health and welfare in different places.

GCSE Examinations:

Unit B031: Cross-curricular Themes (50% of overall grade)
Unit B032: Application of Knowledge (25% of overall grade)
Unit B033: Humanities Independent Enquiry (25% of overall grade)