Social Studies

Ash Green School offers six subjects taught by the Social Studies learning team: geography; history; business studies; religious studies; sociology; and, psychology. Scroll down the page to read more about each of these subjects.

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Geography is the study of the world, how it works and how we interact with it. At Key Stage 3 we offer a range of topics, some human and some physical, to excite students about the world around them. Students look at geographical issues and problems from the local area and around the world and are encouraged to find and suggest solutions to ensure a sustainable future for our planet.

Year 7:

  • Geographical and map skills
  • A study of the world around us – Coventry and the UK
  • Water supply, rivers and flooding
  • Settlements and urbanisation
  • A continent study of Africa

Year 8:

  • Population and development, focusing on China
  • Glaciation and the UK landscape
  • Restless earth – a study of volcanoes and earthquakes
  • Coasts
  • Ecosystems and environmental regions
  • Globalisation and our changing world

GCSE Geography
Exam board: WJEC Eduqas Geography B

What topics are covered during the course?

  • Theme 1: Changing Places—Changing Economies. This covers rural and urban areas in the UK and then compares them to cities in other countries. Development and globalisation are also covered in this theme.
  • Theme 2: Changing Environments. This covers rivers, coasts, weather and climate, and climate change.
  • Theme 3: Environmental Challenges. This covers ecosystems, water resources and desertification.

Students will sit three separate exams, all at the end of Year 11. There is no coursework or controlled assessment.

  • Paper 1: Investigating Geographical Issues. Consists of structured questions based around the three themes studied. Duration 1 hour 45 minutes, 40% of the qualification
  • Paper 2: Problem Solving Paper. Cross unit problems will be presented, which students must make a decision on how to manage. Duration 1 hour 30 minutes, 30% of the qualification
  • Paper 3: Applied Fieldwork Enquiry. A data response paper, which will require you to apply your own fieldwork to questions. Duration 1 hour 30 minutes, 30% of the qualification

All students will be expected to carry out a minimum number of days fieldwork during the course. One day will be spent investigation human geography and another physical geography. These investigations, and the skills used, will then be tested during the Paper 3 exam in Year 11.

Geography is full of transferable skills that will help you with other subjects and in the future. In particular you will develop skills in:

  • Map reading;
  • Collecting and presenting data through fieldwork;
  • Mathematical skills including statistics; and
  • Communication

A Level Geography
Exam board: AQA

What topics are covered during the course?

  • Component 1: Physical Geography (40% A of A Level)
    • Water and carbon cycles
    • Coastal systems and landscapes
    • Hazards
  • Component 2: Human Geography (40% of A Level)
    • Global systems and global governance
    • Changing places
    • Resource security
  • Component 3: Geographical Investigation (20% of A Level)
    • Students complete an individual investigation that includes the collections of data in the field.

How will I be assessed?

  • Component 1: 2½ hour exam at the end of Year 13. This will consist of a variety of question styles including multiple choice, short answers and extended prose
  • Component 2: 2½ hour exam at the end of Year 13. This will consist of a variety of question styles including multiple choice, short answers and extended prose
  • Component 3: A coursework element, assessed by the completion of a 3,000-4,000 word report

All students will be expected to carry out four days of fieldwork over the two year course. This will include a range of human and physical topics to help students relate geographical theory and concepts into the real world. One of these fieldwork days will be used to collect data for their individual fieldwork investigation (component 3).


History is a traditional and valued subject that links to many aspects of the school curriculum. While it is important for students to grasp the concepts of the various historical periods across the three key stages it is vital that progress is made in relation to the historical skills that will be focused upon. These include; chronology, cause and consequence, diversity, change and continuity, interpretation and source analysis. History is brought alive by studying relevant and thought provoking material. History enables students to embark on a variety of careers including journalism, law and education to name just a few.

Key Stage Three
Students receive three lessons per fortnight focused on the topics that are listed below. Exam style assessments will be used at the end of each topic.

Year 7, Year 8
History Skills, Romans
Medieval Life, Slavery
Tudors, World War I
Stuarts, Home Front during World War II

Key Stage Four
Qualification: GCSE History
Exam board: EDXCEL

Three year course of 5 lessons per fortnight, with an introductory section in Year 9 focusing on Jack the Ripper, Titanic and the Holocaust

The KS4 course will prepare you to take 3 exams for assessment:

  • Paper 1 Medicine in Britain 1250-present – 1 hour 15 minutes, 30%
  • Paper 2 Anglo-Saxon and Norman England 1060-88 and The American West 1835-95 – 1 hour 45 minutes, 40%
  • Paper 3 Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-39 – 1 hour 20 minutes, 30%

Key Stage Five
Qualification: A Level History
Exam board: AQA

Two year A Level course of 9 lessons per fortnight.

The course comprises of 2 exams and a personal study:

  • Unit 1: The Tudors, England 1485-1603 – 2 hours 30 minutes, 40%
  • Unit 2: Revolution and Dictatorship, Russia 1917-53 – 2 hours 30 minutes, 40%
  • Personal Study: Causes of Wold War I – 3000-3500 words, 20%

Business Studies

Key Stage 4
Students start studying Business in Year 9. We complete the BTEC First Award in Business (GCSE equivalent). There are four units to complete:

  • Unit 1 – Enterprise in the Business World (assessment through coursework)
  • Unit 2 – Finance for Business (assessment through external examination)
  • Unit 3 – Promoting a Brand (assessment through coursework)
  • Unit 4 – Recruitment, Selection and Employment (assessment through coursework)

Key Stage 5
Students study the Level 3 (A Level equivalent) BTEC National Extended Certificate in Business. There are four units to complete:

  • Unit 1 – Exploring Business (assessed internally through coursework completion)
  • Unit 2 – Developing a Marketing Campaign (assessed externally through pre-seen marketing challenge)
  • Unit 3 – Personal and Business Finance (assessed externally through examination)
  • Unit 8 – Recruitment and Selection Process (assessed internally through coursework completion)

Religious Studies

Religious Studies is a great way for pupils to learn about different beliefs and faiths around the world. Pupils will look at key issues, current affairs and learn more about the world around them.

The Religious Studies full course GCSE will include two exams both being 1 hour 45 minutes. Each exam is 96 marks and includes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 12 mark questions, the examination board is AQA.


Specification: AQA
Qualification: GCSE

Assessment is through two 1.5 hour exams worth 50% of final grade each:

  • 41901 Studying Society, Education, Families and Households
  • 41902 Crime & Deviance, Media, Social Inequalities

Year 9
In Year 9, students question ‘What is Sociology and how do we understand society?’ and study the following areas:

  • Nature vs. Nurture and the Socialisation Process
  • Norms, Values and Culture
  • Functionalism, Marxism and Feminism
  • Research Methods

Years 10 and 11
GCSE Unit 1:

  • The Sociology of Families and Households
    • The role of families in society, couples and equality, the changing role of children, family patterns.
    • The role of education in society, class, gender and ethnicity in achievement.
  • The Sociology of Education
    • Class, gender, ethnicity and achievement, the role of education in society.
  • Studying Society (Research Methods)
    • Types of data, questionnaires, interviews, observations, surveys and sampling, primary and secondary data, ethics.

GCSE Unit 2:

  • The Sociology of Crime and Deviance
    • Explaining crime and deviance, offending and victimisation, measuring crime, crime control and reduction, conformity and control, the role of punishments and prisons, and crime and the media.
  • The Sociology of the Mass Media
    • Media audiences and technology, identity, power, influence, reporting, folk devils and panic.
  • The Sociology of Power and Social Inequalities
    • Class, gender, ethnicity, meritocracy, control, employment, education, life chances.

For more information about the sociology at Ash Green School, contact Mr. M. Walford:


Specification: AQA
Qualification: A-Level

Assessment is through three 2-hour exams worth 33.3% of final grade each:

  • 7181/1 Introductory Topics in Psychology
  •  7181/2 Psychology in Context
  •  7183/3 Issues & options in Psychology

The full A-level is split into several units which will be taught over two years.

Introductory Topics: This will include a critical examination of topics within Psychology such as Social Influence, Attachment, Memory, Psychopathology and Research Methods

Psychology in Context: This will include a critical examination of key psychological approaches such as Social Learning Theory, the Behavioural Approach, the Psychodynamic Approach, the Cognitive Approach, the Humanist Approach, the Biological Approach, Biopsychology and Research Methods.

Issues & Options in Psychology: This will include a critical examination of the Psychology of Relationships, the Psychology of Schizophrenia, Forensic Psychology, and the Scientific Process.