Patchway Community College Hempton Lane
Almondsbury Bristol BS32 4AJ
Telephone: 01454 862 020
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Study of the Humanities subjects develops interest and concern for the world around us, its peoples past and present, and their beliefs, lives and achievements. It involves a consideration of the ways in which people have used and abused their environment and have endeavoured to tackle the needs of human life.

Our aim in teaching Humanities is to help students be positive and informed adult members of society, to develop British values, to develop an interest in their contemporary world and aware of their own role in shaping its future.

Please see below for additional information on each Key Stage

Key Stage 3

In Year 7 the Humanities subjects Geography, History and Religious Education are taught in separate courses by specialist teachers.

Students are taught in mixed ability groups. There is an emphasis on active learning and developing student skills of enquiry and communication. Fieldwork and extra-curricular activities, such as the History club, are popular with students.

Key Stage 4

In Years 9 and 10 students study a GCSE Religious Studies full course. This means that students will have an early experience of the demands and skills needed as they approach KS4. Students have the option of studying GCSE Geography and History in Years 10 and 11. The courses are popular with students who enjoy the emphasis on human activity in the past and present as well as the opportunity to develop their own opinions about important issues in the community and around the world.

Key Stage 5

Many students continue their interest in the humanities post-16. A range of humanities subjects can be studied at AS and at A level. These include geography, history, philosophy and ethics, psychology and sociology.