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Religious Studies & Social Science



The mind is something intangible that exists within our brain. An unseen process of enzymes and chemicals that dictate why we feel, think and behave the way we do. But why is it that some people suffer from stress and mental illness and others do not? Why are some people afraid of snakes and others think they are great? Do you follow the crowd or do you lead?

Psychology looks at these questions and others in the study of the human mind and behaviour. It is a science with cutting edge research that has real world applications to issues in everyday life.

In Psychology we develop many skills including:

• How to view the world around you from different perspectives.

• How to analyse data.

• Critical reasoning skills.

Students who take Psychology need a combination of curiosity and scepticism. 


Years 7 & 8

Psychology is not offered at Year 7 and 8.

Year 9 – Transition Year

Psychology is not offered at Year 9

Years 10 & 11

Psychology is optional for students. 

Year 10 students follow the GCSE AQA specification. The topics they will study are: Memory, Perception, Developmental, Research Methods, Social Influence, Language, Neuropsychology and Abnormal Psychology.

Students will be taught to conduct psychological research, understand the methods used and evaluate the psychological research. 

The subject page can be found here.

At the end of each topic students will have a formal mock to aid their learning. 

In order to gain the higher marks students must make clear reference to psychological research.

In the run up to exams we offer drop-in sessions for students who need extra support. In addition, if a student does not reach their potential in a mock assessment we offer an opportunity for students to be “walked through” the mock.

Careers & future study

Psychology is one of the fastest growing areas in further study and careers. Students who have studied Psychology can consider a career in the following areas: Mental Health, Health Care Professions, Education, Politics, Business, Forensic, International Relations to name a few.

Sixth Form

A-Level Psychology is very popular at Waingels and increasingly we are seeing students going off to study Psychology at University and embark on careers in Psychology.

We offer a number of extra-curricular opportunities including: our annual trip to Auschwitz, meeting a Holocaust Survivor and guest speakers.

We study AQA Psychology. The subject page can be found here:

Psychology allows students to understand the world around them, themselves and develop connections to others. 

Psychology develops a number of transferable skills that are suitable for University and the workplace. 

Subject Leader: Ms J Bonney

Mrs R Durrant

Miss L Percival

Miss A Robinson

Mrs C Ward- Director of Sixth Form Studies


Religious Studies


The Religious Studies department at Waingels seeks to deliver a thorough, challenging and interesting learning experience.

Our aim is to allow students to develop their awareness of the various cultures and beliefs of the world, the UK and the local area. Within these framework students are also encouraged to challenge and explore their own beliefs and values.

Religious Studies allows the space to answer the big questions.

Years 7 & 8

In KS3, our students follow the Berkshire Locally Agreed Syllabus which develops their understanding and study from KS2 in Religious Studies. We pride ourselves on our curriculum which enables students to enquire, analyse and evaluate the major world faiths and secular approaches to provide them with a comprehensive understanding of philosophy, religion and ethics in the modern world. 

In Year 7, we examine the following topics:

1. The Island 

An immersive experience where students are requested to use their imagination and work together in teams to discuss and understand key questions. This unit lends itself to the study of anthropology and ethics and enables students to questions why there is religion in society and what purpose it serves.

2. Buddhism

Study of key beliefs, practices and ethical scenarios through a Buddhist perspective in the 21st century.

3. Islam

Study of key beliefs, practices and ethical scenarios through a Muslim perspective in the 21st century.

4. The Big Story 

In this unit, we encourage students to develop their critical knowledge and understanding of the Christian text, the Bible. Through a variety of media, students will develop their understanding of what life is like for a 21st century Christian and the stories and teachings which inspire the religion.

In Year 8, we examine the following topics:

1.   Peace and Conflict

An in-depth study of the purpose and misinterpretation of religion and/or ideology and the impact this has had on society and ethics.

2.   Hinduism

Study of key beliefs, practices and ethical scenarios through a Hindu perspective in the 21st century.

3. What does it mean to be human? 

In this unit, we encourage students to discuss and think of the big fundamental questions which have engaged philosophers for centuries and still remain unsolved. This unit encourages critical thinking, analysis and evaluation at its core and develops an understanding of Humanism and secular beliefs, alongside Christianity and other worldview religions.

Homework provided to KS3 is to enable positive habits relating to revision, organisation and understanding of class content. This may feature in a range of activities such as (but not limited to) research projects, interactive quizzes, discussion tasks and explanation tasks.

Year 9-10

Waingels has an ongoing commitment to provide our students with a broad and balanced curriculum which enables students to continue to analyse, evaluate and delve into philosophical and ethical issues through the use of critical thinking. 

From 2019, students will begin their study of Religious Studies into an accredited GCSE examination in Year 9 and sit their examinations in Year 10. This positive change to our curriculum encourages students to practice their revision techniques, organisation and gain experience of the expectations and requirements of GCSE examinations before tackling the rest of their GCSEs at the end of Year 11.

Throughout this phase, our curriculum encourages students to analyse and interpret a wide range of religious, secular, philosophical and ethical concepts in increasing depth. Our students have opportunity to investigate issues of diversity within and between religions (and secular views) and the ways in which religion and spirituality are expressed in philosophy, ethics, science and the arts. This key stage develops their understanding from KS3 and expands and balances their evaluations of the impact of religions and non-faith on individuals, communities and societies; locally, nationally and globally. 

Students will sit three papers for their GCSE examination. 

1. Religious, Philosophical and Ethical Studies in the Modern World [50% of examination] which contains:

- Relationships and Families 

- Life after Death

- Good and Evil

- Human Rights

2. Christian Beliefs and Practices [25% of examination]

3. Hinduism Beliefs and Practices [25% of examination]

For more information regarding Eduqas Religious Studies Route A, the subject page can be located here.

Careers & future study

Religious Studies actively develops communication skills and encourages debate through analytical and evaluative thinking on a variety of traditional, abstract and contemporary issues. Religious Studies also encourages an academic writing style which is useful in cross curricular studies and compliments many A Levels, apprenticeship schemes, degrees and future employments. Through the study and understanding of beliefs, practices and ethics in Religious Studies, students can enter careers such as (but not limited to):

Law, Education, Medicine, Health Care, Politics, Business, Public Services.

Sixth Form

A Level ‘Religious Studies: Philosophy and Ethics’ is a very popular option at Waingels due to its engaging yet challenging nature as a subject. The subject encourages students to question and investigate key issues in traditional and contemporary Philosophy, Ethics and Theology.

We offer a number of extra-curricular opportunities including: our annual trip to Auschwitz, meeting a Holocaust Survivor, debating club and guest speakers.

We study OCR Religious Studies completing the following three components: Philosophy, Ethics and Study of Christianity.

The subject page can be found here

Subject Leader: Ms J Bonney


Miss A Robinson- Lead of PSHCE and 2nd in Department (RS)   

Mrs R Durrant

Miss L Percival

Mrs C Ward- Director of Sixth Form Studies

Health & Social Care


Health and Social Care is designed to give you knowledge and skills in understanding the issues that affect the way humans grow, develop and interact within their communities. Studying Health and Social Care helps to:

• Develop knowledge and understanding of issues affecting the health and social sector

• Develop skills that will enable students to make an effective contribution to the care sector

• Enables students to apply knowledge, understanding and skills

• Preparation for further study and training

Years 7 & 8

Health and Social Care is not offered at Year 7 and 8.

Year 9 – Transition Year

Health and Social Care is not offered at Year 9

Years 10 & 11

Year 10 students are starting the new BTEC Tech Award this year. They will complete 3 units over the 2 years. 2 of the units are internal moderated, whilst one is a synopsis that is externally marked. The units they complete are-

1 – Human Lifespan Development

2 – Health and Social Care services and values

3 – Health and Wellbeing

The spec can be found at

Year 11 students are currently following a legacy Btec course. In Year 11 they complete they complete coursework in the following topics: Nutrition and Human Body Systems.

They also complete an external exam in the Healthy Living topic. 

The specification for the legacy course can be found below: 


Careers & future study

Midwifery, Health care provider, social care provider, BTEC Level3 Health and Social Care, Counselling, Teaching, nursery worker

Sixth Form

The Year 12 students are starting the new National Diploma course. In the first year of study, we will be completing 4 units and completing the extended certificate.  In this year, there will be 2 externally assessed units and 2 internal. Progressing into year 13, we will be focusing on 4 more units, accumulating in 1 more externally moderated unit and 3 within school.

Subject Leader: Ms J Bonney


Mrs R Durrant           

Miss A Robinson

Mrs K Tickner



Sociology is currently only offered at A Level. Sociology is the study of human social relationships and institutions. Students study a range of topics including Education, Media, Crime and Deviance. Many choose to study Sociology at university and the transferable skills developed throughout the course also prepare students for work in a range of areas, such as social work and policing.

Students follow the AQA specification


Subject Leader: Ms J Bonney


Miss L English 

Mr K Price