Welcome to the Humanities and Social Science Department

At Hartshill, the Humanities and Social Science department includes a range of subjects which are delivered to Years 7 – 11.  Pupils should enjoy their lessons in the department, with teaching and learning being varied and dynamic. Pupils will be encouraged to achieve their personal best within the department and this will be enabled through clear feedback and the excellent quality of teaching and learning in the department. Pupils should also be inspired to take up further study of a Humanities subject, whether it be in a the more formal setting of post 16 education or as a hobby.

History is delivered as a core subject to all students in Years 7 and 8.  Students will then have the option to study it as a GCSE in Years 9 – 11.  Students will study key aspects of historical events in chronological order from the Romans to modern day History such as the events of the Holocaust.
All teaching rooms have media projection facilities which teachers use to engage all pupils and deliver high quality teaching and visualisers to demonstrate key learning points live in the classroom. We are constantly looking at how we can develop our staff skills in delivering inspiring, challenging and thought provoking lessons.
There is a substantial range of published texts and resources available in the classroom to support learning. Students studying GCSE are studying from texts specifically recommended by the exam board and produced by Pearson for the Edexcel.
At GCSE, students study Medicine through time 1250 to present day, The American West and Henry VIII and his Ministers. Students will also undertake a study of Weimar and Nazi Germany.
Year 9 – 11 Edexcel Exam Board


Geography is a compulsory part of the curriculum for Years 7 and 8 and an option subject at GCSE. Years 7 and 8 will study a broad range of both physical and human Geography topics including: Hazards, Urban Challenges and Physical Landscapes, which will prepare pupils for GCSE and with broader skills for example decision-making, problem-solving and communication skills.

At GCSE, students will follow the AQA 9-1 Specification, which covers physical and human Geography. There are a wide range of topics e.g. Living World, Resource Management, Living with Natural Hazards and Urban Issues. There are also 2 compulsory fieldtrips, one investigating a small-scale ecosystem and the other exploring the success of a local regeneration project. There are a wide range of revision materials available and teachers consistently incorporate new ideas and strategies to develop the knowledge and understanding of pupils.

Details of the AQA specification can be found on:

Religious Studies is delivered to all students in Years 7 and 8 and studied as part of GCSE in Years 9 – 11 by all students.  We cover a range of religions in KS3 and focus on Christianity and Islam in KS4.  During GCSE, students will focus on a wide range of philosophical and ethical issues relevant to modern life in Britain. 

Our vision is to inspire students to explore their own beliefs and feelings and to respect and understand diverse religions, cultures and viewpoints.

Year 9 Eduqas Exam Board -

PSHE/Citizenship is delivered to all students in Years 7 – 11 via form time and supports students learning and personal development.  It helps young people develop an edge as individuals and as members of families and social and economic communities.  It covers a range of topics including healthy lifestyles, identity, relationships, finance, careers and risks and safety. 

Psychology is offered as a GCSE option at KS4. Students will have the opportunity to explore human behaviour and the links between our brain and how we behave. Students will develop critical thinking skills and learn to analyse and explore the reasons why people; pass/fail a memory test, commit crimes, follow orders, develop mental health issues and many more aspects related to everyday life.

Y9-11 AQA GCSE exam board

Health and Social Care is currently only offered as a BTEC to Key stage 4 students as an option subject. Currently our Year 11’s are completing and NQF BTEC which will investigate issues such as Human lifespan development and effective communication. Our Year 9’s and 10’s are completing the technical award BTEC. Learners will explore issues such as impacts of life events on an individual’s wellbeing and health and social care services.
Year 9 and 10-
Year 11-

Humanities Staff

Director of Learning: Ms N Gray

Head of History: Ms B Holmes

Head of Geography: Mrs H Pipe

Head of RE: Mr J McCall

Teacher of Geography: Miss M Gaynor

Teacher of Geography: Mr D Showler

Teacher of History: Mrs R Goddard

Teacher of History: Mr M Whitehouse

Teacher of RE: Miss E Somers

Teacher I/c of Psychology: Miss C Bailey


Edexcel GCSE History 9-1
Paper 1: Medicine in Britain, c1250 – Present and The British Sector of the Western Front 1914-1918: injuries, treatment and the trenches.
Paper 2: Henry VIII and his ministers, 1509-1540 & The American West, c1835-1895.
Paper 3: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-1939.

Recommended Revision Guides:
We highly recommend the Edexcel History GCSE (9-1) series. These can be purchased online or in bookstores.
There are four revision guides in total:
• Revise Edexcel History (9-1) Medicine in Britain c1250 to present.
• Revise Edexcel History (9-1) The American West.
• Revise Edexcel History (9-1) Henry VIII.
• Revise Edexcel History (9-1) Weimar and Nazi Germany .

Recommended Websites:
• GCSE Pod is highly recommend and its use will boost subject knowledge and understanding.
• PiXL History app available for free on smartphones allows students to self-test (see your class teacher for username and login).
• BBC Revision website has some useful information.


Specification: AQA 9-1

Revision Guides:
OUP AQA Geography 9-1 revision guide and exam practice workbook
CGP AQA Geography 9-1 revision guide and exam practice workbook

GCSE Pod – easy to search for the pods you want to watch – Clear titles and sub-headings
BBC Bitesize GCSE AQA Geography - great for definitions of key terms and processes
Study Wise GCSE AQA Geography - excellent for case study information
Geography Cat - excellent for Paper 1 video tutorials for natural hazards

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