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Social Subjects


Knowledge & skills

The S1-3 curriculum has been developed from national Experiences and Outcomes. Details of the specific content taught can be found at the bottom of this page. 


S1&2 students have six periods of Social Subjects (which includes religious and moral eduction) each week:

  • History (3 periods)
  • Modern Studies (1 period)
  • Religious, Moral & Philosophical Education (1 period)*
  • Geography (1 period)

*In S2, religious, moral and philosophical education is taught via a course called Citizenship. Citizenship is taught until the end of S6.

History is prioritised for two reasons: 

  1. To help develop students' literacy, through reading, writing and discussion
  2. To help develop students' cultural literacy, by which we mean their understanding of the world around them

All classes are mixed ability.


Student continue to learn at latest one Social Subject, but have the option to study three.

Students continue to be taught one period of Citizenship each week.


In S4-6, students can choose from a range of courses, including:

Nationals (N3-5)

  • Geography
  • History
  • Modern Studies

National Progression Awards (NPAs)

  • Criminology (we plan to introduce this in 2022-23)

Skills for Work

  • Princes Trust


  • Classical Studies (we plan to introduce this in 2022-23)
  • Geography
  • History
  • Modern Studies
  • Politics (we plan to introduce this in 2022-23)

Advanced Highers

  • Geography
  • History

With the exception of S4, students are taught one period of Citizenship each week. This is designed to cover a wide range of issues that will help students develop awareness of the world around them, encouraging discussion and debate. Religious and moral education is integral to the Citizenship course.

Topics are considered from a range of religious, philosophical and political perspectives. They include: 

  • Why do we do the things we do?
  • The Left to Rights of British Politics
  • The True Cost of Christmas        
  • Euthanasia
  • Abortion
  • Islamophobia