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Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School Horncastle

Humanities

The humanities department covers business studies, geography, history, psychology and religious studies – meet the teachers.

Business Studies

Covering business, economic and financial studies. Beginning at GCSE level students learn what is required to establish a small business and examine issues that businesses face. Double-award science students can also achieve Level 3 Certificate in Financial Studies which is also available at A Level. A-Level students can also opt for business studies or economics.

Business and economic studies support sessions are available on Tuesday and Thursday lunchtimes as well as additional resources that go beyond the specification to challenge students. The Young Enterprise Company Programme and the IFS Investor Challenge is available to all GCSE students.

Geography

Inspiring students to explore the world around them, develop geographical skills and their knowledge of globally significant places. GCSE and A-Level geography options are very popular and has a stimulating blend of traditional and contemporary content.

A-Level students act as mentors to GCSE students and staff run lunchtime support sessions in the run up to final exams. Students are challenged to read geography periodicals in the library or conduct independent research online.

Visits are organised for students to further their learning, Year 7 visit a local farm to study changes in the industry, GCSE students visit Hull to support their urban studies and Skegness to support their coastal studies. A-Level students stay in Whitby to explore North Yorkshire, visit Lincoln to compare city changes and attend an annual conference organised by the Lincoln Branch of the Geographical Association. The Geography Department also enters two GCSE teams for the national World Wise Quiz.

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History

Taught from Year 7 and one of the most popular subjects at GCSE and A Level. GCSE students study the Elizabethan England, the American West, Nazi Germany and The History of Medicine. A-Level students study Russian, American and British History.

Students are challenged with additional reading and resources which can be found on display in the history teaching rooms alongside adverts for local archaeology days, lectures and exhibitions.

Re-enactors visit the school to provide talks and demonstrations about the Civil War to Year 8 students. Year 9 have hosted Q&A sessions from those who lived through the Second World War and have visited the overseas Battlefields of the First World War. A-Level students may visit the local church to study key features of the building as part of their course on the English Revolution and historical sites in London connected with the English Civil War.

Psychology

An option only available to A-Level students covering psychological approaches to explain human behaviour; the behaviourist, cognitive, biological, social learning theory, psychodynamic and humanistic approaches. The course explores human memory, nature vs nurture, ethics, gender and cultural bias, different types of social influence and how to use theories to treat psychological conditions like depression, aggression and phobias. Research methods are taught and evaluated throughout the course.

Upper Sixth Form students mentor Lower Sixth Form with a buddy system, groups meet regularly to share resources. Staff are also available to support, especially with guided revision towards exams. Students are challenged with additional reading and resources like listening to BBC Mind or documentaries like secrets of the human brain.

Students have opportunities to conduct ethical research throughout the course using other members of the school community. There is also an organised trip to BGU to explore further psychology study.

Take a video crash course in psychology or check out this resource for independent learning.

Religious Studies

Taught from Year 7 and available as an option at GCSE and A Level. Students learn about a wide range of religious beliefs and practices, drawing inspiration and examples from faith and non-faith traditions. GCSE students also attend one RS Wellbeing lesson per week, exploring moral, social, spiritual, cultural, ethical and philosophical issues that may affect young people.

Visits are usually organised throughout the year, including a Year 7 visit to the local church to study key features of the building, a Year 10 visit to a local mosque and Sixth Form students can attend lectures in Cambridge from prominent philosophers and ethicists, and visit a Hindu mandir in Leicester.

A-Level students may act as mentors to GCSE students and additional support sessions are also available as required. Students are challenged with additional reading and resources which can be found on display in the main Religious Studies teaching rooms.