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