The Faculty of Humanities

In Humanities we seek to widen the horizons of our students through providing opportunities to learn about the world in which they live in. We seek to nurture, develop and enable students’ ability to understand the human experience, enabling them to be critical, moral and independent learners who are successful and positive global citizens.


Humanities is unique in that it enables students to understand the context of their own experiences, geographically, historically, ethically and morally. The humanities subjects are crucial in helping students develop an understanding of our world, its past, our current issues and the future.  In humanities, knowledge and understanding of the human experience helps create informed and critical learners, develops their empathy, and equips students for wider society. Students will learn about how our world has changed, become increasingly interconnected and diverse. Within humanities students will develop important transferable skills to equip them for further studies and the world of work. This means students are able to evaluate world issues by giving balanced arguments and make decisions, collect and interpret data and sources to present reasons conclusions both written and verbal.

Aims of the Curriculum

The 3 areas of study are Geography, History and Religious Education. The overall educational purpose of these is as follows:

The aims of the Humanities curriculum are to:

  • Widen the horizons of our students through providing them with opportunities to learn about the world around them and in which they live
  • Encourage our students to become responsible global citizens through education around social, economic, political, historical, cultural and environmental issues.
  • Enrich their cultural capital by providing learning opportunities beyond the classroom to see humanities as subjects which are relatable to students’ lives
  • Develop interpretation and analysis skills and understand different sources of information and develop a balanced viewpoint
  • Build transferable skills to equip students for further studies and the world of work.
  • Learn to evaluate issues through giving balanced arguments and making informed decisions



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