20.10.201316The Society Area of Learning is led by John Kingdom. In the Society Area of Learning we are involved in the study of human beings. We study human beings in the past, the present and the future. We investigate the decisions people make, the impact these have and the roles people play in society. The skills they develop allow Society students to become successful and enthusiastic learners.

The Society subjects are:

  • Ethics & Philosophy
  • Extended Project
  • Geography
  • Global Perspectives
  • History
  • Law
  • Politics
  • Sociology
  • Travel & Tourism

Geography is a vibrant and relevant subject to our everyday lives. In Key Stage 3 we investigate the UK, map skills, the weather and climate, settlements, transport, our world, tourism, hazards and football and fashion. At GCSE we follow the Edexcel Syllabus A. We study Brazil, rivers, coasts, tectonic landscapes, population change, the moving world, economic geography and the challenges our planet faces. At A-level we follow the OCR Syllabus. Students study river and coastal management, hot and cold environments, tourism, urban and rural areas, natural hazards, population and inequalities. There is fieldwork throughout the key stages with local visits around the school grounds, trips to Epping Forest, Walton-on-the-Naze and North Wales.

History is an intriguing subject that teaches us about our past, enabling us to understand who we are. History is part of the collaborative curriculum in Year 7. Year 8 go on to study Tudors and Stuarts and the history of African-Americans from the 1400s to the present day. Students study Britain from 1750-1900 in Year 9 and they explore the turbulent events of the twentieth century world.

GCSE students follow the OCR Modern World course and focus on Britain from 1906-1918, World War One and international relations from 1918-39. They also study Germany from 1918-45. The AS course focuses on the USA from 1890-45 and they study the life of Stalin and the Soviet Union from 1924-41. At A2 our historians look at the making of modern Britain from 1951-2007 and they complete coursework.

The History curriculum is supported by trips to the World War One battlefields and Imperial War Museum. Students also brave the Jack the Ripper tour. There has been a sixth form international trip which has led to visits to Rome, Berlin, Munich and Auschwitz.

Ethics and Philosophy (EP) is an exciting subject that enhances our understanding and appreciation for how people live. In Year 7 we study topics of belonging, beliefs and community. Year 8 study the family, suffering, Jesus in art and “What’s special about Christianity?”. Year 9 follow topics of marriage, pilgrimage, moral issues and religion and science. At GCSE, students follow the Edexcel Short Course which looks at religion and life. At A-level, students study the OCR Philosophy and Ethics course. This means that over five or seven years at BCHS students get a full grounding to help them understand and interpret the beliefs and actions of their fellow human beings.

Politics is an engaging course about the way society is run, how people engage with those that run it and how those in power engage with their people. This is an A-level course that follows the Edexcel specification. Students study government and politics, parties, pressure groups, democracy and representation and elections. They also study aspects of parliament, PM and cabinet, judiciary and constitution. At A2, Year 13 students specialise in American politics. Students gain hands on political experience with a trip to Parliament and an exam conference. Politics is sometimes referred to as “The art of the possible”. We encourage our students to believe that politics is actually “The art of making anything possible”.

Sociology is the important study of people in society. This is a GCSE and A-Level subject. At GCSE, students study sociology basics, following the OCR course. This includes the process of socialisation, gender socialisation, crime and deviance, the family and the mass media. AS topics involve the study of culture and gender identity, ethnicity and social class and sociology of youth culture. At A2, students explore social inequalities and differences. Students learn outside the classroom with sociological research, a trip to the Museum of Childhood at Bethnal Green and a visit to Summerhill Free School.

Travel & Tourism is a diverse and multi-skilled course for A-Level students. At AS students study the travel and tourism industry, aspects of customer service and investigate travel destinations. At A2 students enhance their learning with units on guided tour, destination management and tourism development. This course focuses heavily on industry experience with trips to local businesses for customer service, North Wales and a local area visit that the students arrange themselves.