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.

Key Stage 4 - Year 9 and 10

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