• Visit of Lord Bowness

Other Humanities Subjects

Government & Politics (Humanities)

Head of Subject: Mr Johnston


This course offers the opportunity to engage in the structured examination of political issues on which to develop skills for citizenship and further study, emphasising contemporary politics and political debates, focusing on the UK in the context of Europe and the wider world.

Students can expect to develop personal effectiveness through critical awareness of political events and debates and be able to argue a case with relevance and coherence.

The study of politics also encourages the development of critical thinking. In addition, opportunities are provided for key skills development: communication, IT, working with others and reflective learning in particular.

The specification supports progression from GCSE and acts as a bridge to further study at college or university however it also provides a satisfying and worthwhile course for those who have not studied the subject at GCSE or do not wish to progress to further study in the subject.

Government & Politics in the Sixth Form

This course introduces students to the study of politics by looking at the central ideas of democracy and representation in the UK, examining the major political institutions of UK government and their effectiveness, and the impact and desirability of political and constitutional change.

The course is delivered in 3 units. Each unit asks key questions which offer a focus for learning about a variety of political issues such as:

  • Is the UK a good example of a liberal democracy?
  • Is parliament relevant?
  • Is there a need for constitutional reform?
  • Do political parties strengthen or undermine our political system?
  • Is the Prime Minister too powerful?
  • Is US democracy more democratic than UK democracy

Component 1: UK Politics and Core Political Ideas

In year one, your studies will require you to explore the strengths and weaknesses of the UK’s democracy and how we can participate, the mainstream political parties and the development of political ideas, UK electoral systems and their importance in shaping our political system and the role of the media and how far it influences voting behaviour.  You will also explore the ideas behind the practice when we look at key ideas that have shaped our political system-Liberalism, Conservatism and Socialism.

Component 2: UK Government and Non-core political Ideas

In year 2 you will explore the nature of government in the UK, which will lead you to an understanding of where, how and who makes political decisions.  This component will introduce you to debates surrounding the nature of the UK’s constitution, the roles of parliament, government and the judiciary, and the relationships between them.  Further, you will judge how far changes to our political system have strengthened our political system and how far further change is desirable.  Finally, you will examine one non-core political idea; feminism, arguably the most intellectual, relevant and successful of all modern ideologies.

Component 3: Comparative Politics - Government and Politics of the USA

Across both years, you will explore the US constitution and the arguments surrounding this guiding document of US democracy.  Further, you will learn about the key institutions of government in the USA, analyse how power in the USA is distributed and exercised, compare, and contrast the USA political system with the UK’s system.

Scheme of Assessment

Each unit is assessed separately in a written exam which is usually taken in summer term. There is no coursework requirement (which seems to be very popular with students).

For more details please log on to the Edexcel website.

Curriculum Enhancement

The politics experience at Warlingham School is further enriched by the input of experts and specialists working in the political arena who regularly visit the school to work with our students. Our annual visit to the Houses of Parliament is always a highlight, and attending the One–Day Student Conference provides the opportunity for students to meet well known figures working in politics and the media.


The Government & Politics Department is especially proud of the exam results that students achieve.


Visit to the Houses of Parliament for Year 12.
Year 12/13 Politics Conference with key speakers from the world of politics deliver discussions on topical political issues with the opportunity for a question and answer session.
Revision Day hosted by chief examiner and experts in the field of politics.


Head of Subject: Mrs C Sayers

A Level Course(s) Overview

Duration:    2 Years                                                                                   Exam Board: AQA

Course Entry Qualifications: Minimum requirement of Grade B or above in English, Mathematics and Science.

Course Description:

The A Level course involves students studying the topics on Paper 1, 2 & 3.

Human behaviour and the mind continue to fascinate and intrigue. Much of the course will be addressing the following questions:

In what ways do our parents and others have a continuing impact on our lives?

  • What are the factors affecting eyewitness testimony and do they make our memories inaccurate?
  • Are we normal? Abnormal? Who really knows?
  • Why did the Nazis commit atrocities such as attempting to exterminate the Jews during World War Two?
  • How do psychologists construct practical research activities, in order to test theories and psychological concepts?

If you feel excited by the challenge of tackling these and other issues right at the cutting edge of this new science, then Psychology is the course for you!

Paper 1: Introductory topics in Psychology

Social influence




Paper 2: Psychology in Context

Approaches in Psychology


Research methods

Paper 3: Issues & Options in Psychology



Forensic Psychology

Assessment Format:

A Level: three examinations – each 2 hours in duration. These examinations will involve multiple choice, short answer & extended writing questions.

Possible Careers & Higher Education:

Students can go onto studying a variety of courses at university and enter a range of careers. Possible degrees include: Psychology, Criminology & other social sciences, Business Studies, Human Biology, Advertising & Marketing, Law, Sports Science, Forensic Science.

Possible careers include those in clinical psychology, occupational psychology, teaching, the NHS, social work, business, media, human resources, physiotherapy etc.

(August 2017)


Health & Social Care (Humanities)

Subject Leader: Ms S Obmann


Qualification: Cambridge National Level 1/2 Certificate in Health and Social Care

Exam board: OCR Cambridge National

Duration: 2 years

The Cambridge National Certificate in Health and Social Care is offered by the school as a single award (1 GCSE). This subject is designed to provide students with essential knowledge, transferable skills and tools to improve their learning in Health and Social Care as well as other subjects with the aim of enhancing their employability when they leave education, contributing to both their personal development and future economic well-being.

The following four units are covered over the two year course:

R021: Essential values of care for use with individuals in care settings

Written paper

1 hour

R022: Communicating and working with indiviudals in health, social care and early years settings


R027: Creative activities to support individuals in health, social care and early years settings


R031: Using basic first aid procedures


A Level

Qualification: Cambridge Technicals Level 3 Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care

Exam board: OCR Cambridge Technicals

Duration: 2 years

The Cambridge Technicals Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care has been designed in collaboration with experts spanning the breadth of the sector. It focuses on the skills, knowledge and understanding that today’s universities and employers demand. This will allow them to offer specific, person-centred care and support and build positive relationships with the people they are working with, so that their needs and requirements are met whilst they maintain control of their own care and support.

Students will consider the real impacts to people living with conditions or illnesses such as the social, financial and psychological impacts, not just the signs, symptoms and treatment of faceless conditions or illnesses. Students will also learn about the legislation and guidance supporting health and social care, so that they can ensure the people they are working with are not only able to access all the care and support they are entitled to, but are also able to protect themselves from any harm or abuse whilst at work.

The following six units are covered over the two year course:

Unit 1: Building positive relationships in Health and Social Care


Unit 2: Equality, diversity and rights in Health and Social Care

Written paper

1 hour 30 minutes

Unit 3: Health, safety and security in Health and Social Care

Written paper

1 hour 30 minutes

Unit 4: Anatomy and physiology for Health and Social Care

Written paper

2 hours

Unit 10: Nutrition for health


Unit 13: Sexual health, reproduction and early development stages


September 2019