The Humanities Faculty

Teaching and Learning Director
Mrs R Tarran

The Humanities Faculty comprises three subjects – Geography, History and Religious Studies. In Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8), students have one hour per week of each subject and homework is set on a fortnightly basis. Assessments are set termly to track and monitor the progress of students in each subject. Students are taught in mixed ability classes.

History and Geography form part of the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) and can be chosen as a GCSE option in Year 8.

Year 9 is a Foundation Year for students who have opted to study one or more of the Humanities subjects at GCSE. Skills work is taught for the first term to enable the students to prepare for their GCSE studies. In Geography, History and Religious Studies, GCSE content is taught from the start of the Spring term in Year 9. Students in year 9 have two lessons per week and homework is set once a week. Assessments cover the GCSE skills as part of the students’ preparation and are carried out every half term. Students are usually taught in mixed ability classes although this can alter depending on the number of students who have opted for the subject.

In Years 10 and 11 students have five lessons per fortnight. Homework is set on a weekly basis and assessments occur regularly throughout each half term. Students are usually taught in mixed ability classes although this can alter depending on the number of students who have opted for the subject.


In Geography GCSE, students are following the Eduqas B specification. This is made up of 3 themes. Theme 1: Changing Places – Changing Economies, Theme 2: Changing Environments, Theme 3: Environmental Challenges. There are 3 examinations at the end of the course. Component 1 – Investigation Geographical Issues, 1hour 45 minutes, 40% of qualification, Component 2 – Problem Solving Geography, 1 hour 30 minutes, 30% of the qualification. Component 3 – Applied Fieldwork Geography, 30% of qualification.

Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2

Geographical Skills

Locational and Place Knowledge


Locational and Place Knowledge

Physical Geography – Weather and Climate


Physical Geography – Flooding and its impact
8 Physical Geography and Human Geography-
The Restless Earth
Place Knowledge & Human Geography – Brazil and South America Place Knowledge and Human Geography-

Human Geography – What is Development?

Can the Earth Cope- Ecosystems, Population, Development and Resources


Locational knowledge – Images of A Country: China, India and the Middle East Equqas Spec B – Theme 2 – Changing Environments
10 Eduqas Spec B – Theme 2 – Changing Environments Eduqas Spec B – Theme 3 – Environmental Challenges Fieldwork Study

Field Work Study

Eduqas Spec B – Theme 1 – Changing Places, Changing Economies

Problem Solving Paper practice and Exam Technique.

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In History, students are following the edexcel specification – code 1HI0. They study four exam units. The exam units are Crime and Punishment in Britain c. 1000A.D. – present day (1HI0/10), Superpower relations and the Cold War 1941-91 (1HI0/27), Early Elizabethan England 1558-1588 (1HI0/B4) and Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-39 (1HI0/31).

Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
7 Medieval Realms – Battle of Hastings and keeping control Medieval Realms – life in Medieval England Tudors and Stuarts – Tudors Tudors and Stuarts – Stuarts Local History – Rochdale Bridging Unit – Britain in the Industrial era
8 Empire and Slavery Empire and Slavery World War One World War One World War Two World War Two and The Holocaust
9 Jack the Ripper Whitechapel GCSE – Crime and Punishment GCSE – Crime and Punishment GCSE – Crime and Punishment GCSE – Early Elizabethan England
10 GCSE – Early Elizabethan England GCSE – Early Elizabethan England GCSE – Germany 1918-1939 GCSE – Germany 1918-1939 GCSE – Germany 1918-1939 GCSE – Cold War
11 GCSE – Cold War GCSE – Cold War GCSE – Revision and consolidation of skills / exam technique GCSE – Revision and consolidation of skills / exam technique GCSE – Revision and consolidation of skills / exam technique  GCSE Exams

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Religious Studies

In Religious Studies, students are following the AQA specification A Beliefs and Teachings and four Themes. Students study Christian and Muslim views looking at beliefs, teachings and practices within these religions. The themes covered are Theme B Religion and life, Theme D Religion, peace & conflict, Theme E Religion, crime & punishment and Theme F Religion, human rights and social justice. . Each unit is worth 50% of the final mark and are exam based. There is no Controlled Assessment in Religious Studies.

Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
7 The Island The Island Judaism
(main beliefs, festivals, worship)
(main beliefs, festivals, worship)
(main beliefs, festivals, worship)
Hinduism & Sikhism
(main beliefs, festivals, worship)
8 Buddhism
(main beliefs, festivals, worship)
Animal Rights Racism and discrimination War and Peace Extremism Wealth and poverty
9 (Core) Belief in God Belief in God Medical Ethics Medical Ethics Marriage and Family Life Marriage and Family Life

Year 10 and 11 core Religious Studies is taught and delivered through PHSE by form tutors.

Topics covered in year 10 include global issues, community cohesion and rights and responsibilities.

GCSE Religious Studies

Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
9 Alternative Religions
(Bridging unit)
Religious Expression
(Bridging unit)
(Beliefs and Teachings)
Christianity (Practices) Religion, Peace and Conflict Religion, Peace and Conflict
10 Human Rights and Social Justice Human Rights and Social Justice Islam (Beliefs and Teachings) Islam (Practices) Religion, Crime and Punishment Religion, Crime and Punishment
11 Religion and Life Religion and Life Revision Revision


Core Religious Studies is taught on a fortnightly basis throughout Key Stage 4. Students are not currently externally assessed in this.

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Additional Information

After school revision and intervention sessions occur in Year 11 for each subject and details are shared with the students by their class teacher. Extra support is available for all students and there is a dedicated Humanities ICT suite in which students can do extra research, homework or ask for help with anything they are unsure of.

Geography field trips are scheduled throughout the year for all year groups which form a vital part of their Geography skills. Recent field trips or enrichment experiences in Geography include visits from Zoolab, a trip to the Irwell valley to study river processes, GCSE field work in Blackpool and Ingleton. Also scheduled on the calendar is a trip to Magna and a trip to Iceland in February 2019.

In History, we are keen to encourage enrichment activities which enable the students to see the reality of the world they have studied. Recent enrichment activities include: Year 8 visit to the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool, World War One workshop for Year 8 with Jason King, the Royal Armouries in Leeds, a trip to the Battlefields of World War One, which included laying a wreath at the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres on behalf of the school and in October 2017, there is a GCSE trip to Whitechapel, London.

As part of the Religious Studies department, a variety of extra-curricular activities and clubs are offered to students enabling them to extended learning opportunities. These include the Spirited Arts competition, interfaith week, Mindfulness and the annual Rochdale Celebration of Faith event.