Cultural Studies

Key Stage 3


The Cultural Studies course helps students to develop themselves as people, and to understand themselves and others. It encourages students to be active citizens, to have a positive and lifelong effect on the local, national and international community. The course draws together themes from personal, social, health, religious and citizenship education.

Year 7
1. Our place in the community: Students consider their rights, rules and responsibilities within the school and local environment.
2. Safety: Students look at a range of safety and security issues that affect them now and in the future. 
3. Festivals of light: Students examine the meaning of the festive season from a variety of religious viewpoints and celebrations.
4. A World of Diversity: Students learn about the key themes of world religions through the signs, symbols and ceremonial activities associated with them.
5. All Change: The summer term begins to prepare students for adulthood, and to encourage adoption of a healthy lifestyle.

Year 8
1. How do we make decisions, and how do we decide what is right and wrong.
2. Effects and dangers of smoking.
3. People of influence and faith throughout history.
4. Real Game: Students are given a job and complete challenges based on everyday life.
5. Religions project: This is a research topic on how religion and belief can impact on everyday life and how students fit into their local community.
6. How to make healthy choices and decisions.

Year 9
1. Students look at their qualities and what they are good at.
2. Students consider how the decisions they make can affect their future, including crime and punishment.
3. Working lives: Students look at the laws in Britain and around the world in relation to young people and working. 
4. Options: Students consider jobs they might like to do and are given advice on how to choose their GCSE subjects.
5. Students consider personal choices and the effects of their decisions and peer pressure focusing on relationships, body image and drugs.

Key Stage 4

GCSE Citizenship (AQA)

The GCSE in Citizenship is built around the concept of being topical and controversial. The course lends itself to students who have a passion for the news and what is going on in the world around them now.  It is designed to enable students to try and change the world that they live in. 

Students will study:

  • Rights and responsibilities
  • Life in modern Britain
  • Politics and participation

The course also includes an element of active citizenship that students take part in and features in the examination.

The course is assessed entirely by examination. Students will sit two papers, each 1 hour 45 minutes in length. Each paper has a mix of question types multiple-choice, short answer, source based questions and extended answers.

Due to the nature of the course and the topics covered it provides student with general knowledge that would be useful for any career. The skills that students develop will aide them particularly if they were considering a role within politics, charity sector, or public speaking, due to the political literacy the course develops 


GCSE Religious Education (AQA)

RE GCSE broadens students understanding of others and their beliefs.  It enables them to explore more than one perspective of a particular issue.  It enables them to see two sides.  The course looks at similarities and differences between those following Christianity and Islam with those who have no belief.  The modules students study are:                     

  • Marriage and family life
  • Belief in God
  • Life and death
  • Community Cohesion
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Medical Ethics
  • Peace and Conflict
  • Crime and Punishment

Through their study of Religious Education, students have a better understanding of the world and community around them. The skills and knowledge developed in this course develops students’ aptitude, understanding and tolerance.  In particular the qualification may prove useful if applying to become a journalist, teacher, social worker or civil servant.

Course overview

The course is assessed through 100% examination, consisting of two 90 minute papers, each worth 50% of the final mark.