Sociology is the fascinating study of human society. If you are interested in understanding why people do what they do, then this is the subject for you. Sociology asks many important questions including: Why do young people commit crime? Does what we watch on television affect our behaviour? Are parents to blame for ‘problem’ children?

Sociology students need to be independent learners who are willing to participate in class discussions and are willing to commit their views and the views of others to paper, as essay writing is an essential requirement to passing the course.

Year 10 Topics –

  • Research methods – How do sociologists research the society that we live in?
  • Family – What is the purpose of the family? How marriage and divorce have changed over time.
  • Education – What is the purpose of education? Who achieves better than others based on a person’s Gender, social class and ethnicity?

 

 

Year 11 Topics –

  • Crime and Deviance – What types of crime do people commit? Who commits the most crime based on Gender, Social Class, Age etc.
  • Social Inequality – How are people unequal within society? Why do lower classes have fewer chances than upper classes?

 

So if you are interested in the world around you, enjoy asking questions and enjoy understanding what is going on in society (and you don’t mind writing an essay) then come and study sociology with us!

(All students take part in core RE)

This is an hour a week where you look at a wide variety of issues and are encouraged to engage with them within a moral framework given by a variety of religious and ethical viewpoints. This is a non-examined course which has been designed to meet the needs of our students in terms of giving you the skills and space needed to reflect on the topics that directly affect your lives and British values. It also complements and helps to consolidate many of the ideas within GCSE Ethics and Philosophy. This course also meets the requirements that all schools have to provide Religious Education whilst in compulsory education.

Year 10 focuses on understanding the history, beliefs and teachings within Buddhism and Christianity. We will learn about the role religion plays in cultures, communities and personal lives. We are planning to offer a visit to several Buddhist monasteries within London to support you in your understanding of Buddhism and the role of meditation.

In Year 11, you will concentrate on philosophical and ethical ideas with units covering: sexuality, the role of the family, the conflict between science and religion, arguments about God, war, terrorism, abortion and euthanasia. We are planning to run a trip to the Natural History Museum to take part in their Darwin Debates workshop. We also run an annual trip to Poland to visit the Auschwitz concentration camp. Whilst this is not a curriculum trip, it certainly helps in understanding war and peace and the sacrifices people make to help others.

The department uses a wide range of teaching methods with a major focus on developing discussions and active learning tasks. This is an exciting course which directly relates to your life and complements many other options such as Science, Sociology, History and Geography. This GCSE is 100% examined.

GCSE History involves the exciting study of a wide range of topics from a variety of time periods. For students who are seeking to achieve the English Baccalaureate, GCSE History is a great subject for their humanities choice.

The course covers 4 different examined units: The American West looks at the Wild West’s gun fights and lawlessness, risk-taking pioneers, the plains wars and the destruction of the Native American way of life. Medicine Through Time looks at the change from Roman medical ideas through to present day. It also contains a special study on Surgery during WW1. Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-39 examines Germany after WW1 and the rise of Hitler and then looks at the impacts of his control. Henry VIII and his Ministers 1509-40 follows the rise of Henry VIII as a tyrannical monarch and the impact of his reign of Britain.

Results in GCSE History have been consistently strong and significant numbers of students chose to progress to A Level History.

Geography helps you to make sense of the world around you. It is a hands-on, relevant and exciting subject. The GCSE course is a good mix of interesting topics such as natural hazards, urban issues, economic development, resource management and ecosystems. The course will give you the chance to understand some of the big questions which affect our world and to learn about key social, economic and physical forces and processes which shape and change our world.

Geography is an academic subject, recognised by employers and universities for its broad skill base, hence its inclusion in the English Baccalaureate. It also has a very practical side, with opportunities to learn new skills such as GIS, map skills, interpreting photographs, problem solving, and thinking skills. You will improve your literacy through written work and will make practical use of your numeracy skills when you interpret data and construct graphs.

Fieldwork, or working outside the classroom, is a really important part of geography. You will experience fieldwork ranging from visiting coastal areas to more urban environments. In addition, the Geography Department offers an extra-curricular annual international trip, to help you develop and extend your wider world knowledge.

So if you enjoy asking questions and understanding what is going on in the world around you, then choosing GCSE Geography could be a very good option for you!