The Stockport Academy Humanities Department comprises of of three disciplines: Geography, History and Religious Education. In Key Stage 3, Stockport Academy students study all of these subjects in order for them to be successful, curious and well-rounded learners in preparation for Key Stage 4.

During the Pathways process that will designate their chosen subjects for Key Stage 4, all students will study either Geography or History but will have the option to also study both if they choose. Stockport Academy students will also have the opportunity to study Religious Education in Key Stage 4 if they wish. Humanities focus on both the past and present actions of people. The humanities teach us to understand the physical processes of the world, how humans behave and how to understand people from all different cultures and backgrounds.

Click here to view our curriculum statement for Geography.

Click here to view our curriculum statement for History.                                     

Click here to view our curriculum statement for Religious and Social Education.

Course Details


Year 7 are following KPIs and they study the topics:

  • What is a geographer?  (This covers location of places and teaches them geographical skills.)
  • Will Africa always be poor?
  • What are rivers and how do they impact on people?

Click here to read our Year 7 KPIs

Year 8 are following KPIs and they study the topics:

  • Coasts
  • Tectonics
  • Population & migration

Click here to read our Year 8 KPIs

Year 9 have now switched from the level system to KPIs and they study the topics:

  • Will Africa always be poor?
  • The world of work
  • Tectonics

Pupils will complete an end of unit assessment for each topic and years 7 and 8 will also have an end of year formal exam in the hall that covers the three topics delivered in that year.

Click here to read our Year 9 KPIs


Year 10 and 11 follow AQA Geography, the new specification that came in from September 2016.

Pupils will complete a past paper at the end of each unit of work and there will mock exams in year 10 and 11.

Pupils will also complete two fieldwork enquiries, one human and one physical.  Our most recent destinations have been Salford Quays and Formby.

Year 7 are following KPIs.

They study the topics:

  • The Norman Conquest
  • Medieval Religion
  • Challenges to the kings and authority
  • Medieval life
  • Religious Reformation in 1500s Europe

Click here to read our Year 7 KPIs

Year 8 are following KPIs.

They study the topics:

  • The Reformation in Europe
  • The English Civil War
  • Early European Maritime Empires
  • Political change in 18th and 19th century Britain
  • American Independence
  • The Abolition of Slavery
  • The Industrial Revolution

Click here to read our Year 8 KPIs

Year 9 are following KPIs. 

They study the topics:

  • WWI in Europe
  • The inter-war years
  • The rise of Nazi Germany
  • WWII
  • The Holocaust
  • The Cold War

Click here to read our Year 9 KPIs


GCSE History is a subject which will allow you to study events which have shaped the world we live in. The course covers many different events and changes over time such as:

Understanding the Modern World:

America, 1920-1973- This module focuses on the ‘boom’ period of 1920s America, the Wall Street Crash, Roosevelt’s New Deal, America during WWII, the experience of African-Americans between 1950-1970 and the experience of women in the 1960s and 1970s.

Conflict and Tension, 1894-1918- This module focuses on the long-term and short-term factors that contributed to the start of WWI, the conditions of fighting in the trenches, the key battles of WWI and how the war eventually ended.

Shaping the Nation:

Britain: Power and the People: c1170 to the present day- This module focuses on how authority in Britain was challenged by the people looking at such events as The Peasants’ Revolt, The Magna Carta, The English and American Revolutions, Chartism, The Suffragettes, and the late 20th century’s moves toward greater gender and ethnic equality.

Elizabethan England, c1568-1603- This module focuses on Queen Elizabeth I and her government, the way of life in Elizabethan England and the troubles Elizabeth experienced at home and abroad during her reign.

How will this qualification be assessed?

Paper one (1 hour 45 minutes) – Understanding the Modern World

Paper two (1 hour 45 minutes) – Shaping the Nation

Religious Studies is not about being religious, it is about establishing yourself as a person. It is about knowing what you think and being aware of what others think. Studying this course will help you to be able to explain your opinion. It gives you the skills and confidence to be able to say, ‘this is what I think and this is why I think it!’

Click here to read our Year 7 KPIs

Click here to read our Year 8 KPIs

Click here to read our Year 9 KPIs

RE Edexcel specification B

Course Information

Students studying in Religious Studies at GCSE will take an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of religion, exploring different beliefs, cultures and fundamental questions, and relating these studies to their own values and the wider world.

The course is divided into two units:

  • A01 Religion and Ethics through Christianity
  • A02 Religion, Peace and Conflict through Islam

How will the qualification be assessed?

External assessment (100% of the GCSE)

The Religious Studies GCSE is assessed solely by examination at the end of the course. Each of the units is assessed by a 1 hour 45 minute exam and will each count towards 50% of the overall grade.

Trips and Activities


History trip to France and Belgium Battlefields

Holocaust survivor Q&A

Religious Studies

Show Racism the Red Card competition


Salford Quays Trip

Formby Beach Trip

Teaching Staff

Mr Massey - Teacher of Humanities

Mrs Finley - Teacher of Geography

Mr Roberts - Lead Teacher of History

Mr Fewlass - Teacher of Religious Studies

Ms Burrowes - Teacher of History

Ms Wills - Teacher of History



Knowledge Organisers

Coasts KO.pdf 882KB Geography - Coasts
Development.pdf 589KB Geography - Development
Rivers KO.pdf 768KB Geography - Rivers
Tectonics KO.pdf 704KB Geography - Tectonics
World of work knowledge organiser.pdf 714KB Geography - World of Work
What is a geographer.pdf 563KB What Is A Geographer?

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