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Humanities Welcome

The Humanities area is one of the most dynamic and fast growing areas within The Bemrose School. We offer a range of subjects at Key Stages 3, 4 and 5. At Key Stage 3 all students will study History, Geography, Religious Education, PSHEE and Citizenship.   In year 7 this curriculum is delivered through ‘The Bemrose Way’ which we deliver collaboratively with the English department.   In years 8 and 9 we deliver our curriculum in half-termly modules. At Key Stage 4 Citizenship, PSHEE and Religious Education are compulsory for all students and all students complete a GCSE in RE. Additionally students are able to opt to undertake a range of GCSE or BTEC courses which are delivered by our expert team. We also currently offer level 3 courses in Health and Social Care, Religious Education and Sociology at Key Stage 5.

At The Bemrose School we value the study of the humanities subjects. We aim to enable our students to become happy and productive members of our society by providing them with the skills that they need to understand the world that we live in and the diverse range of people who live alongside us. We deliver a curriculum which provides young people with the skills that they need to make informed choices and decisions in all aspects of their life.

Humanities News

Like the rest of the school, the Humanities area is celebrating the hard work and success of our GCSE and A level students in the summer of 2013.  Every child in the year group was entered for a GCSE in Religious Education and 44% of our students achieved a C or above.  In BTEC Health and Social Care 97% of students achieved the equivalent of a C grade or above.  It was our first year of delivering GCSE Ancient History, so we are really pleased that 54% of students achieved a higher grade and 40% achieved an A or A*.  50% of GCSE Geography students, 47% of students in GCSE Sociology and 26% of History students also achieved A*-C grades.  Additionally we had excellent results in A level Sociology and BTEC L3 Health and Social Care where 100% of year 13 students who were leaving the school passed their qualifications!  These results are a testament to the hard work and dedication of our students and staff.   We expect our results in 2014 to be even better !

Humanities Staff

  • Mrs K Colburn-Hayes – Learning Director of Humanities
  • Mrs D Goulding – Assistant Learning Director of Humanities
  • Mr P Allen – Deputy SENCO and Teacher of Humanities
  • Mr M Denison – Assistant Headteacher and Teacher of Humanities
  • Mr R Horner – Teacher of Humanities
  • Ms A Kearney – Teacher of Humanities
  • Mr K Picken – Teacher of Humanities
  • Miss S Siner – Teacher of Humanities
  • Miss K Thornbury – Teacher of Humanities
  • Miss B Tribbensee – Teacher of Humanities
  • Mr M Turner – Teacher of Humanities

Humanities Visits

Year 7

  • Warwick Castle

Year 8

  • Cromford
  • Places of Worship

Year 9

  • Carsington Water
  • Maritime Museum

Year 10

  • London/Liverpool – (Geography)
  • Thackery museum – (History)
  • Houses of Parliament – (Sociology)
  • Urban Development in Derby (Geography)

Year 11

  • British Museum (Ancient History)

Humanities Course Outline

Key Stage 3 courses

In year 7 students follow a competency based curriculum called ‘The Bemrose Way’ which incorporates skills from English and the Humanities subjects. This curriculum focuses on ‘Learning to Learn’and promotes independent learning and thinking skills. The English and Humanities departments work together to plan and teach in a collaborative manner. Our ground-breaking and innovative work has proven to have a positive effect upon student learning and our Bemrose Way team has been asked to spread good practice to schools throughout Europe.


In years 8 and 9 we deliver a modular humanities curriculum.


  • Year 8
    • Japan and India
    • Tourism
  • Year 9
    • Inequality
    • The Physical Environment


  • Year 8
    • The Crusades
    • Empire and Industry
    • Significant figures project
  • Year 9
    • Power: From Monarchy to Parliament
    • World Wars

Religious Education

  • Year 8
    • Religion and Equality
    • Leaders
    • Places of Worship
  • Year 9
    • Peace and Conflict
    • Stewardship

Key Stage 4 courses

ALL STUDENTS STUDY GCSE RE (Christianity and Islam)

GCSE Ancient History

  • Unit 1: The Greeks at War
  • Unit 2: The Rise of Rome
  • Unit 3: Women in Ancient PoliticsUnit 4: Controlled Assessment

GCSE History

Students will complete an in- depth study about Nazi Germany and a development study about ‘Medicine Through Time’ which also focuses on surgery. These units will be taught through skills based investigations in the classroom and will be externally examined.

Students complete 3 examined units:

  • Medicine and Treatment–
  • The Transformation of Surgery –
  • Life in Nazi Germany –
  • In addition, students will complete a piece of coursework in controlled conditions which focuses on the troubles in Northern Ireland. The coursework assesses students’ ability to carry out a historical enquiry and tests their understanding and analysis of a representation in a historical context. Coursework is set by the exam board.

GCSE Geography

The Specification consists of three themes.

  • Theme 1: Challenges of Living in a built environment.
  • Theme 2: People and the Natural World Interactions.
  • Theme 3: People Work and Development.

The specification has been amended to reflect the changing world in which we live. Climate Change and sustainability are now key issues in our lives and will feature within the programme of study.

Fieldwork is an important aspect of geography and it is important to understand how to collect data about our planet and to analyse and evaluate it to decide the action to be taken.

Our world is changing and this course looks at a wide range of issues on a variety of scales, from local and regional to international and global.

GCSE Sociology

Students will study the following modules:

  • What is Sociology?
  • The family
  • Social differentiation—Social Class, Gender, Race, Poverty
  • Social Control and Crime Deviance
  • Power and Politics
  • Education
  • Media

Students will be taught through a wide variety of methods including lots of opportunities to undertake personal research.

BTEC Health and Social Care is currently under review and the structure is likely to change slightly in September 2012. However, the content of the course is likely to remain similar.

Currently students complete either 3 or 6 units from those listed below:

  • Communication in Health and Social Care
  • Individual Rights Within the Health and Social Care
  • Individual Needs in the Health and Social Care Sectors
  • Ensuring Safe Environments in Health and Social Care
  • Vocational Experience in a Health or Social Care Setting
  • Cultural Diversity in Health and Social Care
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care
  • Human Lifespan Development
  • Creative and Therapeutic Activities in Health and Social Care
  • Health and Social Care Services
  • The Impact of Diet on Health

Humanities Assessment

Key task titles for each year

Year 7

  • Tollund man – Who killed the Tollund Man?
  • Is there a God?
  • Why did William win the Battle of Hastings?
  • Sustainability – What should countries do to control Global warming?
  • Creation stories – How do different groups of people explain the origins of the universe?
  • Emily Davidson – Murder or suicide?

Year 8

  • Significant figures – Who is the greatest leader? / Who is the greatest Briton?
  • Crusades and Industrial revolution – Use of sources to investigate the past.
  • Tourism – Is tourism good or bad for a country?
  • Japan and India – Will India ever be as developed as Japan?
  • Places of worship – How and why do different people worship God?
  • Equality – How do different religions respond to the problem of poverty?

Year 9

  • The World Wars – Source based assessment
  • Slavery –   Which was the most significant factor in the abolition of slavery?
  • Changes in power over time – A study of change and continuity over a large period of time
  • Inequality – The world is divided between the rich countries and the poor countries. Is globalisation making it worse?
  • Physical geography – A personal investigation into a feature of their choice.


  • Conflict – Can war ever be justified?
  • Stewardship – what responsibilities do we have to the earth and the creatures we share the earth with?