Humanities


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, 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

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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 with the following topics covered:

History Geography RE
Year 9 20th Century Part 1(World War I)

20th Century Part 2(1930’s and beyond)

Enquiry Skills

Tourism

Development

Climate Change

Journey to God – Philosophical questions about the existence of God

Ethics – Ethical Dilemmas in the Modern world

 

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.

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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 is 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.

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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.

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Years 10 to 11 – Key Stage 4

Please click one of the subjects below for more information.

Optional Subjects:

 

GCSE Geography – current Year 10

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

  • Landscapes and Physical Processes
  • Rural – Urban Links
  • Tectonic Landscapes and Hazards
  • Weather, Climate and Ecosystems
  • Development and Resources Issues
  • Social Development Issues

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.

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The course is assessed in the following way:

Examinations 

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

  • Component 1: Changing Physical and Human Landscapes
  • Component 2: Environmental and Development Issues
  • Component 3: Applied Fieldwork Enquiry 

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The syllabus covered is ‘AQA Geography A’.  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.

There are two levels of entry.  Foundation tier students can achieve grades C – G and higher tier students can gain grades A* – D.  All students cover the same topics and classes are taught in mixed ability groups.

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The course is assessed in the following ways:

Controlled Assessment

The course has one controlled assessment which is carried out in school over a series of lessons.  This will be completed at the beginning of Year 11, the title of which is provided by the exam board and is worth 25% of the total marks.

Examinations

Two exam papers:  Both to be taken at the end of Year 11

Unit 1: Physical Geography worth 37.5% of the total marks.
Unit 2: Human Geography worth 37.5% of the total marks.

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Examination Board: AQA
Course Code: 9030

 

GCSE History (current Year 10)

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.

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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.

 

Examinations

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

Examination Board: OCR
Course Code: J4111

 

GCSE History (current Year 11 only)

GCSE History follows the OCR Syllabus A (Schools History Project).  This involves two periods of study and a piece of Controlled Assessment.

The American West focuses on the Native Americans’ battle to keep their land in the face of white civilisation which included cowboys, ranchers, gold miners and farmers. We study the key battles and events in the ‘Wild West’.

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The second period of study is ‘Medicine Through Time’.  This is an in-depth look at each civilisation and their medical ideas.  We start in prehistoric times and study the development of medicine up to the present day.

We study the important individuals and their discoveries that have aided the development of medical treatment.

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GCSE History is a popular GCSE and is enjoyable and informative for every student.

Controlled Assessment

We complete one piece of controlled assessment which is worth 25% of the final mark.  This is either on a modern world study (Modern China) or a study of a local site (Haddon Hall).

The piece of controlled assessment is approximately 2000 words in length and is completed in class.

Examinations

Two exam papers:

Paper 1: Medicine Through Time and The American West – two hours
Paper 2: Medicine Through Time, Public Health (1800-1914) – one hour 30 minutes

Controlled Assessment – 25%

Examination Board: OCR
Course Code: J415

 

GCSE Religious Studies, Philosophy and Ethical Issues – current Year 10

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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. Ethical issues, Secular and Religious Perspectives on Relationships and Human Rights

 

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Examinations

Component 1: 2 hours – Philosophy and Ethics

Component 2: 1 hour – Christianity

Component 3: 1 hours – Judaism

Examination Board: Eduqas

 

GCSE Religious Studies – Philosophy and Applied Ethics – current Year 11 only

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.

Philosophy and Ethics of Religion includes the following topics: Rights and Responsibilities, Environmental and Medical Issues, Peace and Conflict, Crime and Punishment, Marriage and Family Life, Philosophical exploration of the concept of God and the world and scientific reasons for rejecting them, Ethical, Secular and Religious Perspectives on Abortion and Euthanasia, Gender Roles and Community Cohesion.

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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.’

Coursework

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

Examinations

Four Exam Papers:  All to be taken at the end of Year 11 – each one hour long

Paper 1  –  Beliefs about Deity, worth 25% of the total marks
Paper 2  –  Good and Evil, worth 25% of the total marks
Paper 3  –  Religion and Human Relationships, worth 25% of the total marks
Paper 4  –  Religion and The Media, worth 25% of the total marks

Examination Board: OCR
Course Code: J621

 

Years 12 to 13 – Sixth Form

Please click one of the subjects below for more information.

Geography
Government and Politics
History
AQA Philosophy
A Level Applied Business – Double Award
A Level Applied Business – Single Award
A Level Economics
BTEC National Diploma Health and Social Care
A Level Health and Social Care
A Level Psychology
A Level Sociology

Geography

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.

AS  

Two modules ‘Global Challenges’ and ‘Geographical Investigations’ covering a range of Human and Physical topics including The World at Risk, Going Global (globalisation), Extreme Weather and Rebranding Places.

AS Assessment

2 written exams

A2  

Two modules ‘Contested Planet’ and Geographical Research’.  The research provides the opportunity for in-depth research into a global issue and the Contested Planet involves an enquiry into our use and management of resources.

A2 Assessment

2 written exams

Geography

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

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.’

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AS

In the AS course you 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.

AS Assessment

100% examination

A2 

In the A2 course you study politics in the USA.  It focuses 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.

A2 Assessment

100% examination

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– 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 

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.

We follow the AQA course. For Component 1(AS and A-level), the breadth study, we study The Tudors, from Henry VII to Elizabeth I. Henry VII and Henry VIII are covered in Year 12 whilst Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I are studied in Year 13.

For Component 2 (AS and A-level), the depth study, we study The American Dream, which covers the USA from 1945 – 1980. The period up to 1963 is studied in Year 12, whilst the period 1963 – 1980 is studied in Year 13.

Component 3 (full A-level only) is a personal study (coursework) based on a topic of the student’s choice.

Assessment

AS – 2 exams 1½hrs each (taken at the end of Year 12)

A-Level – 2 exams 2½hrs each and 1 piece of coursework (taken at the end of Year 13)

‘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

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

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AS

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

AS Assessment

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

A2

Students study the following topics –

Section A – Ethics – Utilitarianism, Kantian Ethics, Virtue Ethics and Ethical Language

Section B: – Philosophy of Mind – Mind and Body, Behaviourism and Materialism

A2 Assessment

Written examination, 3 Hour Examination, 50% of the A Level.

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 Applied Business – Double Award

Exam Board: Edexcel

This is a double award, giving students two A level grades.
If you want to learn about business and gain practical experience, this course is for you.

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AS 

The six AS units cover all aspects of business from Human Resources through Customer Services to Marketing and setting up a business.  Students set up and run their own business as part of one of the units.

AS Assessment

6 units – 4 coursework, 2 exams (1½ hours)

A2

The six A2 units add more depth and focus on how businesses develop and the external influence they face.  Students organise and run a real event as part of one of the units.

A2 Assessment

6 Units – 4 coursework, 2 exams (1½ hours)

Are you interested in
– The practical aspects of how a business works.
– How businesses work with their markets and effectively meet their customer needs.

Leading to a career in
– Finance, Insurance or Banking
– Marketing and Advertising
– Human Resources
– Project or Event Management
– Administration

 

A Level Applied Business – Single Award

Exam Board: Edexcel

If you want to learn about business and gain practical experience, this course is for you.

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AS  

The AS units cover all aspects of business from Human Resources through Customer Services to Marketing and setting up a business.  Students set up and run their own business as part of one of the units.

AS Assessment

3 Units  –  2 coursework, 1 exam (1½ hours)

A2 

The A2 units add more depth and focus on how businesses develop and the external influence they face.  Students organise and run a real event as part of one of the units.

A2 Assessment

3 Units  –  1 coursework, one exam (1½ hours)

Are you interested in

– The practical aspects of how a business works.
– How businesses work with their markets and effectively meet their customer needs.

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…

AS

In Year 12 students study two units of work. The first unit examines how different markets operate and how markets can sometimes fail which may necessitate government intervention. The second unit covers the workings of the national and international economies and how the economies of the UK and other countries operate.

AS Assessment

Markets in Action
1½ hour exam – AS 50% (A2 – 25%)
National and International Economy
1½ hour exam – AS 50% (A2 – 25%)

A2

In Year 13 students study two further units in greater depth. The first unit examines the operation on both the labour market and the impact of leisure on the economy. The second unit looks at issues involving Britain and its role in the global economy, including the challenges facing developing countries.

A2 Assessment

Economics of Work and Leisure
2 hour exam A2 25%
The Global Economy
2 hour exam A2 25%

Are you interested in
– Current Affairs
– Political Debates
– Global Issues
– Finance and Money

Leading to a career in
– Management
– Banking and Finance
– Politics
– Business
– Industry

 

BTEC National Diploma Health and Social Care

This is a brand new course, equivalent of 2 A levels.  The course is work related and students will need to apply real life experiences to theoretical understanding of issues surrounding contemporary health and social care services.  Students will cover topics such as Working in Health and Social Care, Promoting Public Health and Human Lifespan Development.  Students will have opportunities to visit and learn from different care organisations.  The subject is coursework dominant, but there are exams too.  This is a 2 year course.

Exams 

1 in year 12

2 in year 13

Are you interested in:

  • Why do some groups have easier access to health and social care?
  • Research
  • Working independently and in teams
  • Understanding how different political policies can affect the care we receive

Leading to a career in:

  • Nursing
  • Caring
  • Social Work
  • Nursery Nursing
  • Counselling
  • Education
  • Probation Services

 

A Level Health and Social Care

Exam Board:  Edexcel

This course is a two year double Applied A Level (Edexcel).  Throughout the course students will cover issues surrounding the health and social care of young children (0-5), the elderly, health issues and individuals with specific needs.

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

AS

In the first year, students will study 6 units covering a variety of HSCtopics from Communication and Value to Human Growth and Development.  Students will visit a multicultural nursery to enhance their understanding of communication and positive caring.  They will also spend a week at a nursery/school to demonstrate their ability to communicate with different children.  Students will also design an activity suitable for the elderly, perform this and evaluate its success in meeting the needs of older people. Key public health issues will be investigated.

AS Assessment

Four pieces of coursework
Two exams

A2

In the second year, students study a further 6 units covering topics HSC 2such as Investigating Disease for which students will research into a communicable and non-communicable diseases. They will carry out an in-depth study of child poverty and will also execute a piece of research into a health and social care issue of their own choice.  Students will learn about Human Behaviour and also carry out a health care promotion on a relevant issue of their choice.

A2 Assessment

Four pieces of coursework
Two exams

Are you interested in:

– Designing activities for people with health and social care needs
– Spending time with young children
– Exploring reasons for the different health and social care issues of different groups
– Carrying out your own research
– Finding out what is being done about Child Poverty
– Giving a lesson/demonstration on a health issue

Leading to career in:

– Nursing
– Physiotherapy
– Occupational Therapy
– Social Work
– Probation Service
– Working with Children
– Social Caring

 

 

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.

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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.

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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

AS

In the AS course, students study two modules. Throughout the course students will become familiar with different sociological theories.  The first one focuses on Education.  Students will investigate reasons given for inequalities in educational success/failure, considering the effects of social policy, relationships within the system and outside factors.  Students will learn the methods sociologists use to find out this information and have the opportunity to carry out primary research themselves.  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.

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AS Assessment

100% assessment – 2 exams

A Level

In the A Level course, as well as the AS topics, 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. In the A level course, as well as the AS topics, 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 The Media.  They will learn about the relationship between media ownership and control of the media, to what extent our behaviour is affected by the media and the importance of new media as a source of information in contemporary society.

A Level Assessment

3 examsCauses of Crime

Are you interested in:

– Why some groups have more power than others
– The facts about society
– How people’s behaviour is determined

Leading to a career in:

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