World Studies

What is the Department Vision?

To develop independent, confident and resilient learners.


World Studies is the study of people and the world they live in. Under the World Studies umbrella students study languages and humanities. Language students are encouraged to develop four languages specific skills:  Speaking, Listening, Reading and finally writing. Languages lessons often include dynamic activities such as role-plays, interactive games and videos.  In Humanities lessons students study the geography and history of the world. At KS3 students reflect on how historical events have shaped the UK, concentrating on how significant events have allowed for change or continuity in the way people live. Students use geographical skills to understand how processes shape the country we live in and identify similarities and differences between the UK and other countries from around the world.

During year 7 and 8 students follow a thematic approach to learning. They study humanities and either French or skills lessons which are all based upon a chosen theme, for example identity. The attached table shows the themes and topics per subject. The students have 3 hours of humanities and 2 hours of either French or skills lessons per week.Humanities is taught as an integrated course, the students study history, geography and R.E. as topics within their humanities lessons.

In year 9 we have put together a programme of lessons which will support students making their option choices. Students study 1 hour a week each of history, geography with travel and tourism and R.E with Sociology. The students continue to study 2 hours of French or skills lessons.

Extended learning projects are very important in supporting the skills we are embedding at KS3, please support your child to complete these.

Students are assessed using the national curriculum levels.

The development of skills in humanities is key, the model below shows how the skills increase in difficulty.






L 3

Level 3 and 4

Level 5 and 6

Level 7 +


In French students are assessed in 4 skills, reading, writing, listening and reading. Student often start at a low level in French at the beginning of KS3, as they have not studied it before; they quickly catch-up and by the end of KS3 their levels are comparable with other subjects.


At KS4 students continue their studies and utilise their skills and knowledge. We use different exam board as we have tailored our courses to suit our students.

They have a choice of options

Geography (Edexcel B)

Each unit is worth 25%

Unit 1 Dynamic Planet – offers a unique insight into the natural world.

Unit 2 People and the Planet – focuses on how individuals and communities interact with the planet they inhabit.

Unit 3 Making Geographical Decisions – uses knowledge from units 1 and 2 to examine in depth how decisions we make impact on the planet.

Unit 4 Controlled assessment, which includes a fieldtrip element

History (Edexcel B)

Each unit is worth 25%

Unit 1 Germany 1918-1945 – how was Germany impacted by the wars and economic crisis.

Unit 2 Medicine through time- a development study of how medicine has changed through the ages.

Unit 3 Impact of War 1914-1951 – source analysis concentrating on the consequences of war.

Unit 4 Controlled assessment – The United States involvement in Vietnam 1950-1975.

Sociology (AQA)

Each unit consists of an hour and a half exam and is worth 50% of th course.

Unit 1 Studying Society, Education and Families.

Unit 2 Crime and Deviance; mass media; power and social inequality

R.E. (OCR B)

Unit B601: Philosophy 1(Deity, Religious and Spiritual Experience, End of Life) 

Unit B602: Philosophy 2 (Good and Evil, Revelation, Science)

Unit B603: Ethics 1 (Relationships, Medical Ethics, Poverty and Wealth)

Unit B604: Ethics 2 (Peace and Justice, Equality, Media)

Each individual unit equals 25% of the total GCSE marks 

Each paper is 1 hour long

French (AQA) 

Unit 1 Listening

Unit 2 Reading

Unit 3 Speaking

Unit 4 Writing

Controlled assessment: where 2 speaking, 2 written and 1 reading and 1 listening assignment are carried out.

Topics including healthy lifestyles, school and future plans, free time and hobbies, self and personal details and holidays.

Home Languages (various boards)

We examine students who already have the ability to read, write, and speak languages; we have had students gain qualifications in Bengali, Italian, Polish, Portuguese and German.