The Humanities & Social Science Faculty

Jan Lindsay

Head of the Humanities & Social Science Faculty Email


In the Humanities Faculty

History, Geography and Religous Education are taught in year 7 – 11. Psychology and Sociology are also taught in the Sixth form. It has highly-qualified and experienced staff who are enthusiastic about their teaching.

Too many mistakes have been made over the years because our government did not understand ― or even seek to understand ― the countries or cultures we were dealing with.

Robert M. Gates (former US Secretary of Defence)

In Humanities;

  • students learn about their world and the people in it.what people have done in the past and the reasons why they did it (History)
  • what different groups of people believe and how their beliefs influence their actions (RE)
  • where people live and how they interact with their environment (Geography)









All students in Years 7-9 study Humanities for at least 7 hours per fortnight. The National Curriculum for Geography and History and the Herts Agreed for Religious Education form the basis

In Geography, students will study topics such as:

  • Why is population growth a serious issue?
  • Why should we protect our ecosystems?
  • Is British weather really that bad?


In History, the studies include:

  • What problems did medieval monarchs face?
  • How did Britain become a leading power in the world?
  • Why should we remember World War 1?


Religious Education

In RE, the issues include:

  • Who inspires us?
  • What lies beyond the grave?
  • What do we mean by freedom and justice?

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Students in Years 10-11 may wish to continue their studies in the Humanities subjects. Students are given the opportunity to study Geography and History  and all these qualifications lead to a GCSE.

GCSE Geography

GCSE (First exam 2018)
Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Geography B

Investigating Geographical Issues

Component 1 – Global Geographical Issues

  • 1. Hazardous Earth: Climate/Tectonics
  • 2. Development Dynamics
  • 3. Challenges of an Urbanising World

Component 2 – UK Geographical Issues

  • 4. Coastal Change and Conflict/River Processes and Pressures
  • 5. Investigating Dynamic Urban Areas
  • 6. Geographical Investigations: Fieldwork

Component 3 – People and Environment Issues – Geographical Decisions

  • 7. People and the Biosphere
  • 8.   Forests under Threat
  • 9.   Consuming Energy Resources

Exams: 3 x one hour and 30 Minutes. One for each of the above components.

GCSE History

History GCSE AQA B

In GCSE History students have the opportunity to investigate studies in depth and a study through time. Students have 4 areas of study

  • Britain
  • Health and People
  • Elizabethan England
  • Germany 1890-1945 Conflict and Tension 1918-1939

The examination is made up of 2 terminal exams.


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In the sixth form, the faculty offers A level qualifications in Geography, History, Psychology and Sociology.

A’Level Geography

A Level (First exam 2018) Edexcel A Level Geography

Unit 1 – Dynamic Landscapes

  • 1. Tectonic Processes and Hazards
  • 2. Coastal Landscapes and Change

Unit 2 – Dynamic Places

  • 3. Globalisation
  • 4. Regenerating Places

Unit 3 – Physical Systems and Sustainability

  • 5. The Water Cycle and Water Security
  • 6. The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security

Unit 4 – Human Systems and Geopolitics

  • 7. Superpowers
  • 8. Global development and connections

Exams: 3 x two hour and fifteen minutes covering the above units plus one piece of  individual investigation coursework.

Year 12 & 13 Psychology A Level (OCR)

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and human behaviour. Psychologists observe and conduct experiments to find out more about the way people act and interact. They try to understand what motivates, challenges or changes us and use this understanding to help us tackle personal and social problems

This course offers the opportunity to examine and investigate a range of topics from the various approaches in psychology including:

  • Memory and why it is not reliable.
  • Explanations for why people either help or do not help someone in need.
  • How the structure of the brain can change and adapt due to the demands we put on it.
  • The causes of mental illness and methods of treatment.
  • Criminal psychology including explaining criminal behaviour and how psychology can help improve detecting and sentencing of suspects.
  • Sports and Exercise psychology including the psychological benefits of exercise and how psychology can be used to improve sports performance.

The course is externally assessed by three 2 hour written examinations at the end of Year 13.

There is no coursework.


A’ Level History

Year 12 History A Level (AQA)

In History, students develop their understanding of the impact of History on individuals and society. Students will study:

  • Religious conflict and the church in England 1529-1570
  • Tsarist and communist Russia 1855-1964
  • Historical investigation – based on a topic of a student’s choice.

Students will do 2 terminal exams and an historical investigation.

Year 12 & 13 Sociology A Level (AQA)

In Sociology students gain a deeper understanding of the world around them and reflect on social issues. Students will study:

  • The Family and Households
  • Education with theories and methods
  • Crime and Deviance with theories and methods
  • Beliefs in society

Students will do 3 terminal exams.



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Extra-Curricular Activities

There is an extensive programme of activities to support learning outside of the classroom. These include local history and geography visits to Hitchin and Letchworth and trips to Norwich. We visit the First World War battlefield sites in Ypres. We offer residential trips to Poland, Berlin and Prague. This is an area of learning that we find very exciting.


How will my child be taught in KS3?
At KS3 students are taught each topic over a 4 week period. For example, over a 12 week period they would study History, Geography and then RE. At the end of 12 weeks the cycle is repeated.

How will I know how my child is progressing?
At the end of every 4 week period of study in KS3 students will produce a formally assessed piece of work. A record of their attainment is kept in the front of their exercise books. There is a similar pattern for students in KS4-5.
Will my child get homework
All students in KS3-5 regularly get self- study in the Humanities subjects. This is issued at least once a week to every class.
How are more able students stretched and challenged?
The faculty has been praised for the quality of extended writing that we expect from our more able students. Students are expected to develop high level independent learning skills and we promote activities that extend higher level thinking skills such as analysis and evaluation. Outside of the classroom, we encourage students to increase their awareness of current affairs as these events have such a direct link to our studies.

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