Humanities Department
What is Geography?
Geography is the study of the earth’s landscapes, people and environments. It is, quite simply, about the world in which we live.
Why is Geography Important?
  • Stimulate pupils’ interest in their surroundings and in the variety of human and physical conditions on the earth’s surface.
  • Foster pupils’ sense of wonder at the beauty of the world around them.
  • Help pupils to develop an informed concern about the quality of the environment and the future of the human habitat and thereby enhance pupils understanding of sustainability and their role in this.
  • Develop pupils understanding of countries at different levels of development.
Study stop
To support our GCSE students in getting the best possible grades for coursework and final preparation for their summer exams students are welcome to attend sessions every Monday and Wednesday after school in H17.
What do we study in Geography?

2019-20 Geography Topics




  • Mapping
  • Your UK
  • People Everywhere
  • Local Actions, Global Effects
  • Weather and Climate


  • Can the Earth Cope?
  • Globalisation
  • Fair Trade
  • Superpowers
  • Regeneration
  • Our Planet


  • Extreme Weather
  • Restless Earth
  • Passport to the World
  • GCSE introduction


Physical Geography

  • UK Landscapes
  • Coasts
  • Rivers
  • Weather Hazards and Climate Change
  • Ecosystems and Biodiversity


Human Geography

  • Global Development
  • Changing Cities
  • Resource Management
  • Water Resource Management


Field Studies

  • Walton on the Naze, Suffolk (Coasts)
  • Stratford, London (Urban)


Physical Geography

  • Tectonic Processes and Hazards
  • Landscape Systems, Processes and Change
  • Coastal Landscape Change
  • The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
  • The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security


Human Geography

  • Globalisation
  • Shaping Places
  • Regenerating Places
  • Superpowers
  • Global Development and Connections
  • Migration, Identity and Sovereignty


Field Studies

  • Southend High Street
  • NEA investigation: Southwold, Suffolk


Year 7 unit of study is as follows:
An investigation into our ‘Local History’
  • An ‘Incredible Invasions’ unit
  • A ‘Rule Makers and Rule Breakers’ unit looking at the murder of Thomas Becket
  • A unit on ‘Muck and Misery’ in the Middle Ages
  • A focus on the War of the Roses
The Year 8 unit of study is as follows:
  • A focus on the Tudors comparing Henry VIII, Bloody Mary and Elizabeth I
  • A unit looking at the Stuarts including Renaissance medicine
  • A study of the ‘Vile Victorians’ and the impact that this period has had on society
  • A unit on Jack the Ripper
  • An investigation into the French Revolution
  • A study of British Identity and what has shaped the UK we live in
  • A unit on Exploration
  • Finishing with a study of Slavery
The year 9 unit of study is as follows:
  • We begin the year by studying the Civil Rights Movement in the USA
  • An investigation into the outbreak of World War 1 and the conditions of trench warfare
  • A focus on the emergence of Hitler as dictator of Nazi Germany
  • A study on World War 2
  • A unit on the Holocaust
  • We then investigate the assassination of JFK
  • We finish the year by studying the Cold War
GCSE History: NEW GCSE starting September 2016.
The new GCSE History content comprises the following elements:
The GCSE is assessed by 2 exams both 1 hour 45 minutes.  Each paper is worth 84 marks with 4 marks for SpaG.  Both examinations are sat at the end of Year 11.  There is NO Controlled Assessment.
Outgoing YEAR 11
GCSE History: AQA
Year 10 and 11
Study in development: Medicine Through Time – 100% examination
Written Paper
35% of the total GCSE
Controlled Assessment (Coursework) History Around Us
Typed coursework of approximately 2000 words based on a locality (Dover Castle
25% of the total GCSE
Enquiry in depth: The American West – 100% examination
Written Paper
40% of the total GCSE
Year 12 - AQA
Students will study two units which are examination based from the new AQA A Level.  (These will be examined at AS Level after the first year of study)
The Tudors: exploring the Tudor monarchy from 1485 – 1547
American Dream myth and reality: exploring the political and civil rights movement from 1945-1963

Year 13 - AQA
Current Year 13 students are studying the outgoing A Level:
HIS4X - Controlled coursework on Indian Independence – an independent enquiry into the role of World War Two on Indian independence
HIS3B - The Triumph of Elizabeth – examination based


REligious Education
GCSE RE has continued for the last 4 years to achieve a 100% pass rate.
In RE we aim to learn from as well as learn about Religion and world faiths. Pupils are encouraged to explore their own ideas & beliefs and consider the faith of others.
In year 7 pupils will learn about:
  • Me, myself and I (exploring what it is to be human and how we fit in to the world)
  • Islam
  • The life of Jesus
  • Environmental issues
In year 8 pupils will learn about:
  • Judaism
  • Buddhism
  • Alternative faiths
In year 9 pupils will learn about:
  • Marriage and Relationships
  • Moral issues and Philosophy
  • Sikhism and Hinduism

At GCSE pupils follow the AQA Religious Studies specification A. 
Pupils will complete:
Unit 1 study of religion.
This looks at Christianity and Buddhism
For each religion they will look at beliefs and practices. For example death rituals, ideas about life and death, types of worship and work in the community. These ideas are then applied to unit 2.
Unit 2 Thematic Studies.
Four ethical topics are explored and look at religious and non-religious ideas about each area. The topics are family and relationships, Life issues- which includes abortion, the environment etc. war and peace and crime and punishment.
This will cover topics such as war and peace, value of life and evil and suffering.
The Exam
2 papers
1 hr 45 mins each
one paper for beliefs and one for themes each worth 50%

Students follow the AQA religious studies course.  There are 2 Units of study:
Philosophy and Ethics
Christianity and dialogues

Within philosophy and ethics pupils will cover topics like evil and suffering, free will, situation ethics, animal experimentation and cloning.
In Christianity pupils will explore topics like authority within the church, religious traditions and practices and the role of women within the church. This paper also contains the dialogue section. Students have the opportunity to explore Christianity within philosophy and ethics and make connections between topics and write detailed essays.
The Exam
Two 3 hour papers = 50% each
In Year 12 and 13 all students follow RE in Period 1 with a philosophical or ethical issue for debate.
Course Components:
Would you like to…..?
  • Learn the logic behind legal thinking
  • Understand how and why laws are made
  • Find out more about your own rights and responsibilities
  • Get a valuable overview of the law
  • Make informed decisions about future study
Even if you aren’t aiming for a career in the legal profession, a grounding in law is valuable on your CV. That’s because a GCE in Law helps you to think in a very logical way by breaking a problem into its component parts. And in many managerial positions, a basic understanding of law is a distinct advantage.
A GCE in Law will enhance your chances of being accepted into university, either to take a law degree, a social science or business degree, or any other course of study. So whether you want a career in the law, or in other areas like education, human resources, finance or business, A Level Law can really open doors for you.
What you will study A LEVEL:
100% exam, 3 exam papers at the end of year 13
Year 12– Law Making and The English Legal System and an introduction to Criminal Law and Tort Law (including: Juries, how laws are made, Assault, Grievous Bodily Harm and Negligence)
Year 13– Criminal Law: Offences Against the Person, Offences Against Property, Tort Law and Human Rights. (Including: Murder; Manslaughter; Theft; Robbery; Blackmail; Defences)
Entry Requirements 
5 GCSE’s at grade 4 and above including English, and a grade 4 or above in a Humanities subject (History, Geography or Religious Studies)
Examination Board (AQA)
Please visit their web site at and follow the link to GCE Law for further information or contact Miss J Boxall (Humanities).
BTEC Level 3 Applied Law
Course Description:
In year 12 you will study 3 units:
Unit 1: Dispute solving in the legal system (10 credits)
Unit 2: Understanding law making (10 credits)
Unit 3: Aspects of legal liability (10 credits)
In year 13 you will study a further 3 units:
Unit 4: Unlawful homicide and police powers
Unit 5: Aspects of property offences and police powers
Unit 8: Aspects of the law of tort
For further information students need to contact Miss J Boxall.