Humanities at Mount Gilbert


The Humanities department has a skills based focus with the aim of encouraging our students to become inquisitive, respectful and thoughtful young people. We feel that Humanities is essential in supporting learners to improve their social and emotional skills through studies of countries, cultures, times and faiths, as well as through debates, discussions and research. We therefore see ourselves as central to the delivery of social, moral, spiritual and cultural learning within the school within all schemes of work and through one off ‘Immersion Days’.

At KS3 students study Humanities within their Literacy curriculum to ensure that all students have the skills to write extended answers including discussions, reports and personal opinions. We have a deliberate focus on local history to ensure that all of our students gain a sense of pride and place, viewing Telford and the surrounding areas as playing a key role in the past and present. We bring this learning to life through a range of educational visits that feed back into innovative and practical learning in the classroom.

At KS4 students study either History or RE at GCSE. The Humanities department has historically been a strength within the school at KS4 and we aim to continue this trend with high expectations of our learners who are supported with personalised teaching and guidance in preparing for their exams.

The History course consists of a study of Medicine Through Time and a depth study on Germany 1919-1939. Students take written exams at the end of Year 11 on each of these areas of study. They also complete two controlled assessment pieces on Conwy Castle.

The RE course is divided into two sections, both of which are examined at the end of Year 11. One of the module is on Religion and Life Issues and includes a study of animal rights, war and peace, planet earth, early life and young people and the views of faith. The second module is Religion and Morality, in which students investigate the attitude of faiths towards medical issues, the elderly and death, drug abuse, crime and punishment and rich and poor.

History at KS4

  Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Year 10 Medicine Through Time Complete Medicine Through Time Germany 1919-1939
Q1 of Controlled Assessment
Year 11 Germany 1919-1939 Q2 of Controlled Assessment Revision


Religious Studies at Mount Gilbert


New for KS4 students at Mount Gilbert is the option of taking GCSE RS.  Students have opportunity to build on the knowledge and skills that they have learned during KS3 SEL and PSCHE to gain a greater understanding of how different cultures view life issues; exploring some of the ‘Big questions’ around life and death, and how as a global society we may understand each other more deeply, looking at other points of view.


What will be covered during this course?


Unit 1 Religion and Morality

The GCSE religious studies programme is divided into four topics

Topic 1: Attitudes to matters of life (medical ethics)

Topic 2: Attitudes to the elderly and death

Topic 3: Attitudes to drug abuse

Topic 4: Attitudes to crime and punishment


Unit 2 Religion and Life Issues

The GCSE religious studies programme is divided into four topics

Topic 1: Religion and animal rights

Topic 2: Religion and planet earth

Topic 3: Religion and early life

Topic 4: Religion, war and peace


For all of the topics students will consider both the Christian and other world faiths teachings to create a more varied understanding of each issue.


Exam requirements

AQA 100% examination, both exams completed at the end of year 11.



Useful Websites for Humanities





BBC Bitesize –

Active History –


Religious Education

RE Online –





Student guide –

National Geographic –

The Student Room –