Humanities and Languages cover a broad spectrum. However, they are all dynamic courses that allow students not only to better connect but to better understand the world around them.
Be it the more obvious foreign languages or the more cerebral courses of Sociology and Psychology, students will be totally immersed in the new world that they are going to be introduced to and are sure to leave us with a richer understanding of humanity.
For example, the initially demanding tragic treatment of passionate relationships in Brontë’s ‘Jane Eyre’ can open young minds to the attitudes to marriage and social status which prevailed in the nineteenth century. Poetry, that most specialized and refined of literary genres, will be central to the course which features an anthology of poetry by Irish poet W B Yeats, most famous of course for ‘Easter 1916’. William Shakespeare, voted the greatest figure of the Millennium, naturally finds his place in our studies. Assessment by coursework will be a significant feature in each year of the course, with opportunities for close textual study and more extended comparative essays.FIND OUT MORE
A feature of the A-level course at Hurtwood House is the way in which students are able to learn about the subject from visiting speakers, by going to subject conferences and by visits to places such as the Imperial War Museum where specialist information is available.EXPLORE HISTORY
Studying AS and A Level Geography will give you a unique opportunity to explore the human, physical and environmental interactions of our planet. It is a dynamic discipline which seeks to explain physical landforms and phenomena along with giving us a clearer insight into how human activities are shaping the characteristics of our world.GEOGRAPHY
At Hurtwood House the methods used are highly effective, with students working to a structured weekly worksheet and combining this with an active-learning situation in the classroom. This is where the group gain their knowledge of a topic and research it in depth and then discuss it fully.EXPLORE SOCIOLOGY
A-level Psychology offers students the chance to get to grips with these issues among others. It is a fascinating and intriguing subject that has the potential to really change the way you think and look at the world and the people in it. It will promote understanding of self, other people, moral actions and thoughts as well as cultural differences/similarities.EXPLORE PSYCHOLOGY
Students have at least six hours contact time a week with our native speaking teachers and they make excellent progress as a result. By the final examinations, all students are expected to have the confidence and competence to communicate effectively and accurately in Spanish.DISCOVER SPANISH
This course encourages you to develop an understanding and to communicate confidently, clearly and imaginatively in French through both the spoken and written word. You will be using increasingly accurate, complex and varied language while developing critical insights into contemporary France, its cultural background and heritage.DISCOVER FRENCH