Welcome to the Humanities Department at OIEA, a vibrant and exciting atmosphere where our students explore an extensive and diverse curriculum. Humanities at OIEA covers Geography, History and Sociology.

Teacher of Humanities and Head of Faculty – Mrs Wright
Teacher of Humanities and 2nd in Humanities – Mr Fotheringham
Teacher of Geography and Assistant Principal Inclusion – Mrs Watkinson
Teacher of Humanities – Miss Boon

GCSE Geography

Students study the AQA GCSE Geography specification and study the following:

Paper 1:
Living with the physical environment

Paper 2:
Challenges in the human environment

Paper 3:
Geographical applications

Course information
Sample assessment materials and mark schemes can be found by following the link below:


GCSE History

Students study the Edexcel GCSE History course. Our course includes the following:

Paper 1:

  • Medicine in Britain, c1250-present
  • The British sector of the Western Front 1914-18: injuries, treatment and the trenches

Paper 2:

  • The American West, c1835-c1895
  • Tudor (Elizabeth) depth options

Paper 3:

  • Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39
  • Past papers and mark schemes can be found by following the link below:

Course information
Course materials including sample assessment materials can be found by following the link below:

GCSE Sociology

Students study the WJEC GCSE Sociology. They learn about the following topics:

Paper 1:

  • Socialisation and culture
  • Research methods
  • The family
  • Education

Paper 2:

  • Inequality
  • Research methods
  • Crime and deviance
  • Work

Course information

Course materials including past papers can be found by following the link below:


The curriculum in detail


‘Without Geography you’re nowhere’

In the geography department, we encourage students to study the world around them and the ever-changing landscape. Through enquiry based learning, students develop their knowledge and skills of issues and features of the world. This enables all students to have knowledge of the world and appreciation of the impact humans have on it.

We strive to create compassionate students who endeavour to explore their surroundings and have an awareness of current global events. This is achieved through investigative learning.

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 4


‘Study the past to create your future’

In the history department, students study a wide variety of topics that promote engagement and enthusiasm for the subject. Through enquiry based lessons, students develop their independent learning skills by allowing them to explore and analyse evidence to reach supported judgements.

We strive for students to become lifelong learners and challenge all students for them to reach their full potential. Furthermore, we want to enhance communication skills, particularly reading and writing through various strategies to assist students’ performance and future success.

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 4


‘Reveals what is hidden’

Sociology’s purpose is to understand how human action and consciousness both shape and are shaped by cultural and social structures. Sociology students learn to look at society with a critical eye rather than taking their way of life and environment for granted. Through discussion and case studies students learn both micro and macro theories and apply them along with the language of sociology to social situations.

Students learn the art of debate and discussion and how to challenge others’ views in an appropriate manner. They improve both oral and written literacy learning how to develop points to maximise marks and to write in a discursive and analytical manner. These skills are invaluable to those wishing to go onto further and higher education even if they are not studying this subject.

Key Stage 4

Extra-curricular Activites

Year 7 – will visit Warwick castle to learn about the development of castles.