• 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 Year 12

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 2 units:

  1. People and Politics
  2. Governing the UK

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?

Government & Politics in Year 13

This course introduces students to the study of political thought by examining the key ideas that have shaped our political, economic and social experiences; Liberalism, Conservatism and Socialism. We look at the ideologies that have developed out of, or in opposition to, the main ideological traditions and highlight the relationship between ideological belief and political practice in the UK.

The course is delivered in 2 units:

  1. Introducing political ideologies
  2. Other ideological traditions

Each unit delivers learning in four areas. Questions which arise from these areas include the following:

  • Has New Labour abandoned socialism?
  • Are we witnessing the ‘triumph of liberalism’?
  • Is nationalism a mental illness?
  • Can ‘Green Politics’ save us all?
  • Is Feminism any longer relevant?

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)

Head of Subject: Mrs R C Sayers

GCSE AQA Health and Social Care

The AQA GCSE in Health and Social Care is offered by the school as a single award (1 GCSE). The aim of the course is to;

  • actively engages students in the processes of Health and Social Care to help them develop as effective and independent learners
  • encourages students to understand aspects of personal development and the health, social care and early-years sectors through investigation and evaluation of a range of services and organisations
  • develops a critical and analytical approach to problem-solving within the health, social-care and early-years sectors
  • examines issues which affect the nature and quality of human life including an appreciation of diversity and cultural issues

GCSE students will cover 2 units over the 2 year course;

Unit 1: Understanding Personal Development and Relationships

This unit is a written paper which is 1 hour and 15 minutes and has a maximum mark of 70.

In this unit students will learn about:

  • the stages and pattern of human growth and development
  • the different factors that can affect human growth and development
  • the development of self-concept and personal relationships
  • major life changes and how people deal with them
  • the role of relationships in personal development.

Unit 2: Health, Social Care and Early Years Provision

This unit is controlled assessment and candidates are required to produce two assignments. This is worth 60% of pupils overall GCSE.

Assignment 1

  • identification of the needs of a client chosen from one of the major client groups.
  • a description of the local services which may meet the client’s needs.
  • identification of any local and national partnership working to ensure the   integration of services.
  • a description of how s/he obtains the services identified.
  • identification of potential barriers to access these services.
  • an interpretation and evaluation of how the client’s needs are met.

Assignment 2

  • a description of the roles of three care workers.
  • a description of the skills these care workers need (including communication).
  • for each role, an explanation of how the principles of care underpin their work (linking codes of practice/principles of care) should be given.

EDEXCEL NQF Health and Social Care (level 2) Award

Health and Social Care

The Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Health and Social Care qualifications allow learners to develop knowledge and understanding by applying their learning skills in a work-related context within Health and Social Care. The level 2 Award is worth the equivalent of 1 GCSE at Pass to Distinction Plus grade (A*-C equivalent)

Students will study 5 units;

Unit 1 - Human Lifespan Development (external exam)

Unit 2 - Health and Social Care Values (internally assessed)

Unit 3 - Effective Communication in Health and Social Care (internally assessed)

Unit 5 - Promoting Health and Wellbeing (internally assessed)

Unit 6 - The Impact of Nutrition on Health and Wellbeing (internally assessed)

Health and Social Care AQA Applied GCE
The Health and Social Care course

A level Health and Social Care gives students a great awareness and understanding of current issues surrounding the topics and areas below.

  • Service provision
  • Values
  • Rights
  • Responsibilities
  • Care settings
  • Communication
  • Health and well-being
  • Understanding human behavior
  • Practitioner roles

Health and Social Care GCE can be taken as a single or double A level and will cover units including:

  • Effective care and communication
  • Understanding health conditions and patient care pathways
  • Educating children and young people
  • Life as a challenge
  • Practitioner roles
  • Food and fitness
  • Understanding Mental Disorders
  • Diagnosis, treatment and preventative strategies

Students will be assessed via exam and portfolio work at AS and A2.