Humanities at New River College

The Humanities are the subjects that help us understand the world around us and the experience of being human:

History – using evidence to investigate different interpretations of the past events that shape our present and future lives.

Geography – understanding the features of the human and physical environments in which we live and the processes that shape them.

Citizenship – understanding the different communities we are part of and developing the skills required to participate actively in these communities, making positive change.

Religious Studies – learning about, and learning from, different religious beliefs and practices, including non-religious perspectives on life’s big questions and moral issues. 

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At KS3 all students have access to an engaging and well-rounded Humanities curriculum that provides them with solid foundations to progress to study of any Humanities subject of their choice at KS4, as well as gaining an accredited qualification. Students study a diverse range of topics for the WJEC Humanities Entry Pathways qualification which is assessed through project work.

Topics include:

  • British Society in the Past
  • Change Over Time
  • Child Poverty and Exploitation
  • Community Action
  • Contentious Issues
  • Effects of Consumerism
  • Environmental Awareness
  • Famous Followers of Religion
  • Looking at your History
  • Non-British Society in the Past
  • People and Protest
  • Persecution of People
  • Religious Festivals
  • Responses to Conflict in World Events
  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Taking a Role in Society
  • Volcanoes, Earthquakes and Tsunamis

Enrichment activities

The Humanities curriculum is enriched by trips such as Parliament, the Migration Museum and the London Buddhist Centre. Current affairs activities are a weekly feature of the form time schedule and there is a weekly lunchtime debate club.