Humanities (Options)


  • Mrs R Hilton - Assistant Headteacher (Director of Cultural & International Studies)
  • Mrs K Russell - Assistant Headteacher (Director of Cultural & International Studies)
  • Mrs H Thompson - Progress Leader Humanities
  • Mr B Wadley - Subject Leader History
  • Mr M Ladson - Subject Leader Geography
  • Miss L Lockwood - Subject Leader RE
  • Mr C Griffiths - Geography teacher
  • Miss J Ambler - Geography teacher
  • Mr K Blaza - History teacher
  • Ms C Speakes - History teacher
  • Mrs M Conway-Davis - NQT
  • Miss N Hannay - Schools Direct
  • Miss N Thornley - Teach First
  • Miss M Hogan - Teach First

For details of the core humanities subjects, Geography and History, please see theHumanities (Core) curriculum page.


All students in Year 9 and 10 will have RE for one term in the year. They will complete seven weeks of sessions delivered by ‘Cornerhouse’. This includes sex and relationships education. For the remainder of the term, students will complete a project focusing on the Holocaust. This is all non-examined and is taught for one hour a week.

GCSE Philosophy and Ethics

Some students at Kelvin Hall School are also studying an extra GCSE in Applied Philosophy and Ethics (OCR Religious Studies B- Philosophy and Applied Ethics.) This is taught on Wednesday evenings, from 3pm to 4pm each week. Students cover four units with 12 different topics looking at Philosophy and Ethics. They are:

Unit B601: Philosophy 1
Topic 1: Belief about deity
Topic 2: Religious and spiritual experience
Topic 3: The end of life

Unit B602: Philosophy 2
Topic 4: Good and evil
Topic 5: Religion, reason and revelation
Topic 6: Religion and science

Unit B603: Ethics 1
Topic 7: Religion and human relationships
Topic 8: Religion and medical ethics
Topic 9: Religion, poverty and wealth

Unit B604: Ethics 2
Topic 10: Religion, peace and justice
Topic 11: Religion and equality
Topic 12: Religion and the media

At the end of this course, students will complete four exams (which are linked to the topics above). Each exam lasts for one hour and is worth 25% of the qualification.

Year 11 GCSE Philosophy and Ethics

This subject is offered for Year 11 students currently and is worth one GCSE. Students cover the AQA Religious Studies Specification B, which is taught for one hour per week. The units they study are: "Religion and Morality” and “Religion and Life Issues.”
Topics include:
Morality: Religious Attitudes to Matters of Life; Religious Attitudes to the Elderly and Death; Religious Attitudes to Crime and Punishment; Religious Attitudes to Wealth and Poverty
Life Issues: Religion, War and Peace; Religion and Animal Rights; Religion and Prejudice; Religion and Early Life
Students will have two 1hour 30 minute exams for each module in May/June 2015. Each exam is worth 50 per cent of their grade.

GCSE Sociology

WHAT is this subject about?
GCSE Sociology involves an in-depth study of sociological issues focusing on gender, ethnicity, social class, age and other groups, as well as education, crime, youth, family, work and the media. The GCSE is made up of two units: Unit 1-Studying Society, Education and Families (50 per cent) Unit 2 – Crime and Deviance, Mass Media and Social Inequality (50 per cent) which you will study across the course.

WHY should I choose this subject?
Studying sociology gives you the opportunity to investigate and explore all manner of social issues that affect each and every one of us on a daily basis. You will analyse questions like – Why do we live in certain types of societies? Do we still live in a male-dominated world? Does racism still exist? How do we prevent youth crime and unemployment? Are women really equal? As well as this you will have the chance to investigate the ways in which social researchers conduct their work and the methods used to gather evidence. It gives you a real insight into how people live and why they love that particular way – nothing is as it seems, there are always other factors to consider! If you have an enquiring mind and want to explore the way in which we live in complex societies then this is the course for you.

WHEN and HOW am I assessed?
There are two units, which will all be assessed by examination.

WHICH subjects should I have an aptitude in?
In order to perform well in Sociology you need to be adept in subjects like History and English as you will be expected to be analytical and be able to produce pieces of extended writing. The course is theoretical and academic in nature and you should enjoy analysis, investigation and writing.

WHERE could this subject take me in the future?
GCSE Sociology is a theoretical subject that has the potential to take you to University and higher education, as well as equipping you with the necessary analytical and communication skills required for work outside of the education system. It is particular useful in those fields that involve human interaction e.g. working as a team or dealing with the public.