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Why Study RE?

All students follow an RE curriculum throughout the different year groups within the Academy. It is a subject that gives students the opportunity to discuss their feelings, beliefs and opinions about religious and secular moral issues. It is central to our ethos at the Academy in our Mission and DYCA Code. We seek to: Respect others; Respect learning; respect our environment and respect achievement for all. This is precisely in keeping with the aims of RE.
Our RE staff are dedicated to training our students to become responsible citizens who contribute positively to the local, national and international society, whilst enabling them to explore ideas and beliefs which may not be their personal experience. By so doing, we enable our students to appreciate the need for respect of the beliefs and opinions of others, whilst enabling them also to formulate and consolidate their own.

Course Overview


web humanities 1At key stage 3, RE alternates with PSHE each block. Students study the six major world religions but also begin to look at moral issues in preparation for KS4. At KS 4 students follow the AQA GCSE syllabus, ‘religion and moral issues’. Students study a wide range of moral issues including topics such as euthanasia, drug abuse, IVF treatment, world poverty etc… We look at the different moral issues from a secular and religious view, and we also consider the UK law where appropriate. PSHE is taught along side RE at key stage 4 but as a discreet subject.

Further Study

Religious Education at GCSE level is an excellent preparation for the thinking and knowledge skills needed for the IB, which is taught in sixth form. The subject is also beneficial for many careers including teaching, any form of social work, the armed/uniformed forces, the health service and many more.


Why Study History?


History is the study of ourselves, an investigation of human behaviour, an enquiry into our motives and their consequences, not just the study of the past and long-dead.

History is a popular subject taught by a dedicated team in both Key Stage 3 and 4. A wide variety of topics are covered throughout the curriculum.


Course Overview


web humanities 2In Key Stage 3 students have 1 session of History per week. Fresher students study topics, such as, Medieval England, the Tudors and Slavery. Prep students study topics, such as, Titanic, World War 1 and the Holocaust. Students are taught to develop their historical skills and become inquirers, who are able to research and investigate events, people and cultures from the past. These skills can then be developed and extended for future History GCSE qualifications.


The DYCA students follow the OCR Modern World B syllabus. History GSCE is taught over 2 years, students complete two written exams and a controlled assessment, which is worth 25% of the final grade.

Paper 1- The Inter War period 1919-1939 (with USA 1919-41 as the depth study). This is a knowledge based paper, which is a 2 hour exam.

Paper 2- The British Depth Study 1908-1918, this is a source based paper, which is a 1 ½ hour paper.      



Controlled assessment- 2500 word assignment, which students complete over an 8 week schedule, within the classroom environment. This is based on a unit of study, currently ‘Life in Nazi Germany’. As the controlled assessment is worth 25% of the final grade.

Further Study


The skills developed at Key Stage 4 can be furthered by completing the International Baccalaureate. History GCSE will aid students when studying subjects from ‘the Arts’ section. Students aptitude for studying History at Key Stage 4 can complement their understanding of the Theory of Knowledge element of the IB diploma.


The study of History can lead to career opportunities in the following areas; Teaching, Journalism, Law, Archeology, Archives and Museums.


Why Study Geography?


web humanities 3Modern geography is an all-encompassing discipline that foremost seeks to understand the world and all of its human and natural complexities- not merely where objects are, but how they have changed and come to be. As "the bridge between the human and physical sciences," geography is divided into two main branches - human geography and physical geography. Geography is such a broad subject and students can working in many industries including, local government, the armed forces, private companies, environmental consultancies, environmental protection agencies, utilities, charities, information systems organisations, education authorities, further and higher education institutions, commerce, industry, transport, tourism and the civil service.






Course Overview


In KS3 geography stimulates an interest in and a sense of wonder about places. It helps young people make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world. It explains where places are, how places and landscapes are formed, how people and their environment interact. Topics studied in KS3 include the following:

  Freshers Preps
Block 1 Plate Tectonics Rivers
Block 2 UK study and map skills Globalisation and development
Block 3 Tourism Ecosystems
Block 4 Coasts Global warming
Block 5 Population Glaciation
Block 6 Weather and Climate Urban environments
Block 7 Different countries of the world Europe and map skills


At GCSE Geography is a 2 year course which is the AQA specification programme which is made up of controlled assessment and written examinations. The GCSE in Geography is made up of 3 written papers and 1 piece of controlled assessment which involves fieldwork trips. The fieldwork/controlled assessment is worth 25% of the final mark and essential that students complete it. The written papers are based on both physical and human aspects of geography.

Controlled Assessment


2500 words to be completed on the topic of “Is Bridlington a typical seaside resort." Students will be taken on a visit to collect information and data in the seaside resort of Bridlington.

Unit/Paper 1: Managing places in the 21st century- worth 25% of the full GCSE

Summary of content

Section A: The Coastal Environment

Section B: The Urban Environment

Unit/Paper 2 – Hostile world – worth 25% of the full GCSE

Summary of content

Section A: Living with Natural Hazards

Section B: The Challenge of Extreme Environments

Unit/Paper 3 – Investigating the shrinking world – worth 25% of the full GCSE

Summary of content

Section A: Investigating the Globalisation of Industry

Section B: Investigating Global Tourism

All examinations are only 1 hour long and are either sat in the January or June of the final year of study.


Further Study

Students who wish to study Geography in the sixth form have the chance from the IB course where Geography is a group 3 subject.






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