About the Faculty

The Humanities Faculty deliver a variety of courses at all Key Stages.  Humanities covers three main subjects – history, geography and religious education.  The faculty has dedicated teaching staff, who work in inviting teaching spaces and are committed to delivering excellent learning for all students.

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To find out what is delivered at each Key Stage, please click the title below:
Years 7 to 9 – Key Stage 3

Humanities at Key Stage 3 is delivered across the three subject areas of History, Geography and Religious Education. In Years 7 and 8 students are taught the three subjects, usually by one teacher, on a rotational basis, each unit of work lasting approximately one half term. The topics covered are:

History Geography RE
Year 7 1066-1500 Middle Ages

1485-1603 Tudors

Map skills

Dynamic Earth – Structure of the Earth, Earthquakes and Volcanoes


Creation and Mankind

Year 8 1603-1800 Stuarts and Georgians

1750-1900 Industrial Revolution and Empire

Rivers, Floods and Droughts

Extreme Environments – Polar areas and tropical rainforests

Unit 1 – Christianity

Unit 2 – Judaism

In Year 9 the three subjects are taught separately by subject specialists and the following topics covered:


History Geography RE
Year 9 Women’s Suffrage

World War One

Rise of Hitler

World War Two

The Holocaust

Events of the later twentieth century

Enquiry Skills



Climate Change

Issues of Life and Death

Issues of Human Relationships


Within the two week timetable there are six lessons of Humanities timetabled in Years 7 and 8 and two lessons each of History, Geography and RE in Year 9. All lessons are taught in mixed ability tutor groups throughout Years 7 – 9.


Across the subjects knowledge of the content of the topics is developed and there is a commonality of approach in developing a greater understanding through analysis and evaluation. A variety of teaching methods are used in order to broaden the learning experience and to accommodate different learning styles. Students’ progress is regularly assessed, roughly on a half termly basis. The style of assessment varies from summative tests to creative letter writing and topic based leaflets evaluating an issue. These assessments allow staff to give feedback to students on how to improve.


Homework is regularly set. On average this will be once a week and may take a variety of forms from additional research to some creative writing or a written response to an issue. Tasks may vary in length but on average will be 30 minutes per week.

Learning is aided by a variety of resources including textbooks, PowerPoints, worksheets and DVD’s, along with websites like BBC Bitesize, which students are encouraged to access.


Years 10 to 11 – Key Stage 4

Please click one of the subjects below for more information.

Optional Subjects:


GCSE Geography

The course offers the opportunity to explore a range of human and physical topics and the issues which arise.

The subject content is divided into the following units:world_in_hand

  • Changing Places – Changing Economies (urban and rural processes, urbanisation and development issues).
  • Changing Environments (coasts, rivers, weather and climate and climate change).
  • Environmental Challenges (ecosystems, water resources and management and desertification).

The syllabus has been chosen to help our students explore people and their environment as well as contemporary events and issues which are relevant locally, nationally and globally.  It will help students to understand their environment and community.

Students who are interested in decision-making and empathy work will enjoy exploring and solving complex social and environmental issues as well as gaining an understanding of how they shape the world along with natural processes.









The course is assessed in the following way:

Examinations geog_1

Three written exam papers to be taken at the end of Year 11.

  • Component 1: Investigating Geographical Issues
  • Component 2: Problem Solving Geography
  • Component 3: Applied Fieldwork Enquiry 



GCSE History

An exciting course encourages learners to become curious, develop their own opinions based on a respect for evidence and build a deeper understanding of the past.Plague

The course will include 5 elements:

1) The People’s Health c1250 to Present

The study will allow learners to understand the most significant characteristics of different ages and make comparisons between different periods of history.

2) The Norman Conquest 1065 – 1087

Identify and describe the main features of late Anglo-Saxon and early Norman England and should develop an understanding of the diverse lives and experiences of Saxons and Normans during this time point in English History.

3) History Around Us

this will be a study of Lincoln Castle.  The study should enable learners to understand how the physical features if the site American Indianand other supporting sources inform understanding of historical events and developments.

4) The Making of America 1789 – 1900

The period studied follows the unfolding narrative of Making of America from the inaugurate of the first President in 1789 to the end of the 19th Century when the USA was set to become the world’s dominant power.

5) Living under Nazi Rule 1933 – 1945

This in-depth study should enable learners to understand the impact of the Nazi dictatorship on people’s lives, both within Germany and across occupied Europe.  Looking at the political, social, racial and cultural forces at work in these societies.


How can history help my future?

History will teach you skills that can be applied to all sorts of situations.  Employers will know that you will have a better understanding of how people tick, what motivates them, what they think and feel, you are able to gather and read different kinds of information and can check for bias or propaganda, you are able to communicate clearly and have learned to express yourself verbally and on paper.  History can give you skills most employers want – whatever the job you have in mind.



Three exams at the end of Year 11, no coursework or controlled assessment.

Examination Board: OCR
Course Code: J4111


GCSE Religious Studies, Philosophy and Ethical Issues

This GCSE course aims to get you thinking about yourself and to ask questions about the nature of society and culture and the meaning of life, as well as looking at different religious beliefs in the 21st Century.

Philosophy and Ethics of Religion is made up of 3 components:

  1. Religion – students are given the opportunity to explore the beliefs, practices and teachings from the Christian and Jewish faiths and their importance in the 21st century
  2. Philosophical exploration of the concept of God and the world and scientific reasons for rejecting them, Focusing on topics of Good and Evil and Life after Death
  3. Ethical issues, Secular and Religious Perspectives on Relationships and Human Rights




Students look at a range of philosophical and ethical issues that are relevant to life in the 21st century.  It is a course that will cause you to think sensitively about current issues and challenge your intellect as well as help you to develop a wide range of skills which will put you at an advantage whatever you choose to do Post-16.

Student comments about Philosophy and Ethics:

‘Philosophy and Ethics is great for debating and discussing issues.  ’
‘Philosophy and Ethics has a wide variety of interesting topics to learn about.’
‘It’s always a fun lesson and you talk about great topics.’


There is no coursework element.  This course is externally assessed by four examination papers.


Component 1: 2 hours – Philosophy and Ethics

Component 2: 1 hour – Christianity

Component 3: 1 hours – Judaism

Examination Board: Eduqas


Years 12 to 13 – Sixth Form

Please click one of the subjects below for more information.

Government and Politics
AQA Philosophy
A Level Business
A Level Economics
BTEC National Diploma Health and Social Care
A Level Psychology
A Level Sociology


Geography provides an opportunity to develop an understanding of the relationship between people and the natural environment.  How we affect our planet and how our planet affects us.

The topics cover a range of Human and Physical issues;

  • Landscape Systems
  • Earth’s Life Support Systems
  • Changing spaces, making places
  • Global Connections
  • Climate Change
  • Hazardous Earth


There are 3 written exams

  • Physical Systems (22% of total A level)
  • Human Interactions (22% of total A level)
  • Geographical Debates (36% of total A level)

In addition there is an Independent Investigation carried out by each student worth 20% of the A level total.


Are you interested in
– The physical world around you
– The challenges to the environment
– Understanding other cultures
– Active research
– A subject which blends with the Arts and Sciences.

Leading to a career in
– Travel and Tourism
– Local Government and Planning
– Environmental Management
– Cartography and Meteorology
and many others…….

“Geography is the subject which holds the key to our future”
Michael Palin



Government and Politics enables students to develop an insight into political beliefs and ideologies which are central to our understanding of the modern world.

‘Politics is essential for our generation.  It determines so much of our lives.  Politicians need to know that we care.’

Goverment 2




In your AS course you will study two modules. The first one focuses on People and Politics. It studies how political processes directly affect peoples‘ lives. You will assess the failings of our system and the politicians that operate it. There will also be a focus on how politics needs to appeal more to the public and become more responsive to our needs. The second unit focuses on how the UK is governed and those that make the decisions. This includes the law courts, royalty and parliament.

A2 – 9PLO

In your A2 course you will study politics in the USA. It will focus on recent developments in the American political system including the election of Barack Obama and the changes he has made. You will study the political system of the USA and how it operates. You will focus on the power of the President and the relationship between federal government and the states. The course will be up to date with all recent developments in the USA.

You will also study the three traditional political ideas of conservatism, liberalism and socialism.  You will learn about the core ideas and principles and how they apply in practice to human nature, the state, society and the economy, the divisions within each idea and their key thinkers.  You will also study one non-core political idea.

AS Assessment

100% examination

A- Level AssessmentGoverment

100% examination

Are you interested in
– Current Affairs
– Decision Making
– Debate
– Discussion
– Society
– People

Leading to a career in 
– Politics
– Law
– Media
– Education
– Journalism

‘The ballot is stronger than the bullet’
Abraham Lincoln



History is one of the most popular A-levels at Belper School. It is designed to help students understand the nature of change over time. Students gain a deeper understanding of the past through political, social economic and cultural perspectives, providing skills and knowledge required to succeed at AS/A-Level. The course is designed to give breadth, depth and choice.

The A Level History is assessed through three written examinations and a piece of coursework. The AS Level History is assessed through two written examinations.

In Year 12 the AS Level course covers a British period study and enquiry that covers Edward VI Mary I and Elizabeth I.  There is also a non-British period study covers Russia 1894-1941, which covers the Russian Revolution.

In Year 13 students will study Popular culture and the witchcraze of the 16th and 17th centuries or Civil Rights in the USA 1865-1992 and a piece of coursework where students will pick a topic/issue of their choice.

For the AS-level there is no coursework.


‘History: Gossip well told.’
Elbert Hubbard

‘History is who we are and why we are the way we are.’
David McCullough

‘History gives answers only to those who know how to ask questions.’
Hajo Holborn


AQA Philosophy – Year 13 Only

This subject is for you if you are interested in
– Developing your analytical skills
– Making a good impression at university and job interviews
– Landing the top jobs
– Debating modern controversial issues
– Enjoying the course that you are studying



Students study the following topics –

Section A – Epistemology – Perception, Reality and Knowledge

Section B – Philosophy of Religion – Concept of God, Arguments for and against the existence of God, Religious Language




Written examination, 3 hour examination worth 50% of the A Level and 100% of the AS.

Leading to a career in:
– Law
– Medicine
– Education
– Business
– Politics
– Medical Technology
– Public Services
– Nursing
– Journalism and many others

‘Philosophy and Ethics broadens your thinking in all of your subject areas and the lessons are a great opportunity to share and challenge ideas in a relaxed and friendly environment.’
Daniel Churm – Y13 Student

‘It’s so interesting that most of us are going to do it at university.’
Emma Manion and Erin Snowsill – Y13 Students

‘It inspires me to look in a different way at the problems I encounter both in my other subjects and life in general!’
Alex Dalgleish – Y13 Student


A Level Business

Exam Board: OCR H431

This is a two year course covering all the main issues connected with running a business.  A range of real businesses are used in the teaching, from small local businesses to large multi-nationals.

The units included are:-

  • Business objectives and strategy
  • External influences
  • Accounting and finance
  • Human resource management
  • Marketing
  • Operations management


3 two hour papers, each contributing one third of the final mark

A minimum of 10% of the marks will come from mathematical calculations and students have to learn all the relevant formulas

In addition to business content, students also develop numerous skills, for example

  • Presentations
  • Time management
  • Team work

Leading to a career in 

– Finance, Insurance or Banking
– Marketing and Advertising
– Human Resources
– Project or Event Management
– Administration


A Level Economics

Exam Board:  OCR

The course covers a range of issues such as unemployment, economic growth, inflation, poverty, wage rates, environment, international trade, ‘BREXIT’, global warming,… if you are interested in current affairs and global issues this may be for you!

The Economics specification has been designed to allow students to:


Students will study topics which raise questions such as:

Should Britain remain in the EU?

Should we tax sugary drinks/food?

Should welfare benefits be reduced?

Can we justify premiership footballers earning so much when nurses get paid so little?

How can we compete against countries such as India and China?

Will I ever be able to afford a mortgage?

Should state pensions be abolished?

Why is poverty an economic problem?

….apart from the interest and fun factor, economics graduates are very employable and earn higher incomes than graduates from most other subject areas!

The A’ level qualification consists of 3 units:

Microeconomics – 2 hour paper

Macroeconomics – 2 hour paper

Themes in Economics – 2 hour synoptic paper

Leading to careers in
Management, finance, investment, politics, business, industry, environment and more.

BTEC National Extended Certificate Health and Social Care (from 2018-9)

Exam Board:  Pearson/Edexcel

This course is run over 2 years and is the equivalent of 1 A level.  The course is work related and students will need to apply real life experiences to their theoretical understanding of issues surrounding contemporary health and social care services.  Students will cover topics such as, Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs and Human Lifespan Development.  Students will have opportunities to visit and learn from different care organisations.  The subject is a mix of coursework and exams; 2 coursework units and 2 exams over the 2 years.


1 in year 12

1 in year 13

Are you interested in:

  • How we develop
  • Working independently and in teams
  • Understanding how different political policies can affect the care we receive

Leading to a career in:

  • Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Caring
  • Social Work
  • Nursery Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Counselling
  • Education
  • Probation Services

 “(The Welfare State is) intended to protect …….from the womb to the tomb.”  Riemer et al




A Level Psychology

Exam Board: OCR

Psychology is one of the fastest growing university subjects and it is an ideal platform to a wide range of careers.  The course involves active learning and opportunities to conduct your own research.











AS Level

The AS Level qualification consists of two compulsory units:

01 – Research Methods (1 hour 30 minutes examination) 50% of AS Level

Students study psychological research methods which includes conducting their own piece of research and a trip to Twycross Zoo to study the behaviours of bonobo chimpanzees.

02 – Psychological themes through core studies (1 hour 30 minutes examination) 50% of AS Level

Students are introduced to the central areas of investigation in psychology. Each theme is represented by a classic and contemporary study in psychology.  Themes include; memory, regions of the brain and understanding disorders.

Psychology 2

A Level

The A Level qualification consists of three units:

01 – Research Methods (2 hour examination) 30% of A Level

Students study psychological research methods which includes conducting their own piece of research and a trip to Twycross Zoo to study the behaviours of bonobo chimpanzees.

02 – Psychological Themes through Core Studies (2 hour examination) 35% of A Level

Students are introduced to the central areas of investigation in psychology.  Each theme is represented by a classic and contemporary study in psychology.  Themes include; attention, memory, moral development and regions of the brain.

03 – Applied Psychology (2 hour examination) 35% of A Level

Students study issues in mental health, child psychology and criminal psychology.

Are you interested in:
– What is mental illness?
– What happens when we are stressed?
– How does the criminal mind work?
– How does the brain function?

Leading to a career in
– Clinical Psychology
– Educational Psychology
– Forensic Psychology
– Education
– The Police
– Social Work
– Health Care
– Business and Media
– Research


A Level Sociology


A level Sociology (AQA) gives students the opportunity to question the nature of society and the inequalities therein.

“The function of Sociology, as of every science, is to reveal that which is hidden.”  Bourdieu

Year 12

Students study 2 topics. Throughout the course students will become familiar with different sociological theories.  The first one focuses on Education with Theory and Methods.  Students will investigate reasons given for inequalities in educational success/failure, considering the effects of social policy, relationships within the system and outside school factors.  Students will learn the methods sociologists use to find out this information and have the opportunity to carry out primary research themselves.  Students will also study different sociological theories of education. The second module covers Families and Households, focusing on changing patterns of marriage and divorce, gender roles in the family, changes in childhood and demographic changes, such as family size and migration.



Year 12 Assessment

Students will carry out 2 mock exams

Year 13

In year 13, students will study Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods.  Students will investigate the social distribution of crime in terms of gender, class and ethnicity.  They will examine issues such as green crime and human rights.  A key feature of this unit is crime control and surveillance.    Students will also study Stratification and Differentiation, which focuses on the experience of a variety of social groups, such as gender and age, across many aspects of society, such as health, employment and media representation.  They will learn about the nature of social class in modern UK society.  Students will also study different theoretical perspectives on inequalities.  Students’ knowledge and understanding of theory and methods will be extended in year 13.  Students will also be given time to revisit topics covered in year 12.

Causes of Crime

A Level Assessment

3 mock exams

3 exams

Are you interested in:

– Why some groups have more power than others

in all aspects of society
– What makes society tick
– How people’s behaviour is determined

 Leading to a career in:

– Politics
– Law
– Media
– Journalism
– Education
– Social Work
– Research