Citizenship & Humanities
Humanities subjects include History, Geography and Religious Studies. Students in all key stages have formal humanities lessons but also the opportunity to participate in educational visits and activities relating to history, geography and religious studies. Through humanities, students are taught about Britain and the wider world; looking at what is happening now but also how the past has contributed to the world we live in. KS4 Students are able to gain a range of qualifications and in 2020, students completed examined courses at Entry Level and GCSE in History, Geography, Humanities and Religious Studies. The core objective of humanities education is to give young people an awareness of Britain’s culture and heritage and its links with the wider world. Humanities teaching aims to provide students with the knowledge to help them understand the world we live in and enable them to make informed judgements about current events and situations.
Citizenship Studies at ACE is about making young people aware of the country they live in and encourage them to actively participate in society and Britain’s democracy. We look at current affairs and global issues, as well as focussing on topics such as politics and government, identity, human rights, British society and culture, justice and the law. Citizenship has been taught as a distinct subject at ACE since 2018 but many of the key themes and issues will be covered in teaching across the curriculum offered at ACE. In addition, Year 11 students have been able to gain a GCSE qualification in Citizenship Studies and in 2020, 24 students gained a GCSE with grades ranging from GCSE 1 up to 7. Overall, Citizenship at ACE is intended to provide students with the knowledge and skills to navigate life in Britain and the opportunity to discuss and question what is going on in the 21st Century.