Life Studies

Life Studies incorporates three important areas of study:  Citizenship, Careers and Personal Social & Health Education. Students have an opportunity to learn about issues that affect them through years 7 – 11. The lessons are planned to incorporate active learning techniques accessing the students’ visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learning styles. Students are encouraged to discuss openly without fear of judgement and draw up their own list of ground rules in the classroom to support this.

Key Stage 3

Year 7
In Year 7 the topics covered are:
Bullying, Health, Careers, Sex & Relationships, Cultural Diversity and Drugs & Alcohol Education.
Year 8
In Year 8 the topics covered are:
The World of Work, Sex and Relationships, Human Rights, Politics and Drugs & Alcohol Education.
Year 9
Career exploration, Sex and Relationships, Crime and Justice, Human Rights, Celebrating Achievements and Drugs & Alcohol Education.

Key Stage 4

The Life Studies programme is delivered through whole year activity days in both Years 10 and 11. This allows students to concentrate on specific issues and receive detailed guidance from both teachers and outside experts alike.
The issues covered in Year 10 are: Careers, Human Rights, Sex and Relationships and Parliament.
The issues covered in Year 11 are: Interview techniques, Writing a CV, Life Choices, Risk Taking (Alcohol and Drugs Awareness), Organ Donation, Safe Sex and Organ Donation. In addition students are given the opportunity to attend a mock interview with a local employer.

Citizenship GCSE

Students may opt at KS4 to choose the Philosophy and Ethics & Citizenship GCSE. The course is split into 4 themes:
Theme 1: Community action and active citizenship.
Theme 2: Being a citizen in the UK: democracy and identity
Theme 3: Fairness and justice
Theme 4: Global issues and making a difference.

The content of the course is varied and interesting covering topics like:  multiculturalism, law, human rights and fair trade.

The course allows students to develop key skills including critical thinking & enquiry, as well as being able to take informed and responsible action.

The GCSE is comprised of 60% controlled assessment (completed in class) and 40% exam. This combination allows students to explore issues in class whilst securing the majority of the marks for their GCSE before the Year 11 exams.

Heads of Department: Mr Jones & Ms Clough

Assessment Programmes:

Year 7

 Curriculum contentAssessed work
AutumnHealth - Life Stories – Dealing with the transition from Primary to Secondary school.

Citizenship - Who do we think we are? – Migration, Culture, What is means to be British (Citizenship)
Written assessment about British culture and identity. (50% of the final end of year grade.)
SpringHealth - Beating the Bullies – What is bullying? How do you deal with bullying? The importance of communication

Health - Sex and Relationships – Self-esteem, puberty, friendships, what is a family? Risk taking, the school nurse and where to get help.
SummerCitizenship - Local democracy in action – the school council, local government, political issues.


Health - Looking after me – Drugs, smoking, alcohol, basic first aid.

Health - Staying safe over the 6 weeks.
Speeches for change – students write a speech about an issue they feel is important. They are assessed on their written work and the speech they present. (50% of the final end of year grade.)

The two end of citizenship assessments are both worth 50% of the final end of year grade.

Year 8

 Curriculum contentAssessed work
AutumnCareers - World of work – what jobs exist? Personal qualities and skills, the labour market, stereotyping.

Citizenship - Media and society – The press, media and the growth of celebrity culture.
SpringCitizenship - Having My Say – What is politics? How does voting work? What are the political parties?

Health - Sex and relationships – Self-esteem, bodies, sex & language, managing attraction and feelings, contraception, staying safe.
Written assessment – should voting be made compulsory in the UK?
(50% of the final end of year grade.)
SummerCitizenship -Right to an education – why is education important? Girls and education in poorer parts of the world, taking action.

Health - Dealing with drugs, legal vs. illegal drugs, drugs and the law, smoking, alcohol, dealing with peer pressure.
Written assessment – writing a letter to your MEP. (50% of the final end of year grade.)

The two end of citizenship assessments are both worth 50% of the final end of year grade.

Year 9

 Curriculum contentAssessed work
AutumnCitizenship - Crime and justice – what causes crime, young people and the law, knife crime and sentencing.

Health - Sex and relationships – Pregnancy and STIs, contraception, why is communication important in relationships? Parenting.
Written assessment about the sentencing of two crimes which have taken place in the UK. (50% of the final end of year grade.)
SpringCareers - Career exploration – An introduction to U – explore, what are my options? Choosing a career, career paths, writing a CV and covering letter, what skills do employers look for?

Citizenship - Reporting on conflict – The United Nations, human rights, the UNCRC, child soldiers.
Written assessment – writing a report on the issue of child soldiers.
(50% of the final end of year grade.)
SummerHealth - Dealing with drugs – different types of drugs, alcohol awareness, staying safe, coping with pressure.

Careers – Applying for jobs.

Celebrating our achievements at KS3.
The two end of citizenship assessments are both worth 50% of the final end of year grade.