Newhaven School

Newhaven School


Welcome to the Humanities Department

Humanities is the study of human culture. For this reason, humanities’ courses vary widely in scope and are available at both KS3 and KS4. Newhaven offers students valuable opportunities to learn not only about themselves and their local communities but to develop an understanding of the world around them and how we all fit in to one global community.

Humanity subjects allow students not only understand their current experiences in the world but to also understand how the past has shaped us today and how our actions will shape the world in the future.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum


Students will develop skills and deepen their knowledge in basic map reading skills, weather and climate, earth hazards and rivers and floods.


Students will deepen their knowledge in the following areas of history Henry VIII, Elizabeth 1, India and America, causes and events of the civil wars throughout Britain, power of Parliament and the establishment of British Values.


The activities that will be completed in these resilience lessons are structured and shaped by the Resilience Framework. This identifies five areas of a young person’s life that need to be addressed in order to support the building of resilience. The five areas are basics, belonging, learning, coping and the core self.



PSHE education is a subject through which our students will develop their knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepare for life and work in modern Britain. Some of the topics covered are LGBT, PREVENT programmes, drugs education, managing money, identity, diversity and community and personal hygiene.


Key Stage 4 Curriculum

In KS4 students will have the opportunity to study one or two of the following GCSE qualifications:

BTEC Level 2 Award in Travel and Tourism

Students will study a variety of units that will cover the main types of tourism in the UK, different types of UK destinations and what they have to offer including locating tourist UK destinations and routes. They will look at international travel and tourism destinations and gateways and reasons for their appeal to different visitors and the influential factors on tourism and why events such as natural disasters can have a significant impact on the sector.

Click here for the BTEC Travel and Tourism Specification

BTEC Level 1/2 Health and Social Care

This has been developed to provide an engaging introduction to the sector for learners aged 14 years and above. It has been designed primarily for young people aged 14 to 19 who may wish to explore a vocational route throughout Key Stage 4, but it is also suitable for other learners who want a vocationally focused introduction to this area of study.

Click here for the BTEC Health and Social Care Specification


This course has been designed to foster in learners an understanding and critical awareness of the social world around them. Sociology focuses on the importance of social structure in explaining social issues. Students will be encouraged to explore and debate contemporary social issues to enable them to challenge taken-for-granted assumptions and to question their everyday understanding of social phenomena.

Click here for the Sociology Specification