The GCSE History course is split up into four sections.

The Depression, War and Recovery topic looks at life in Britain during WW2 and the Depression of the 1930s.

The Germany 1929-47 section covers the rise of Hitler, his treatment of the German people including the Jews and Hitler’s foreign policy.

Changes in Health and Medicine is our study of the impact of disease and how patient care and medical knowledge have advanced.

The Non-Examination Assessment section of the course will investigate American in the 20th century.

History skills can be applied to all sorts of situations. Employers will know that:

  • You can understand what motivates people, what they think and feel.
  • You are able to gather, read and use different sorts of information.
  • You are able to look carefully at all these different types of information and check it for bias and propaganda.
  • You can read and understand maps, graphs, charts and other diagrams.
  • You are able to communicate clearly and have learned to express yourself orally and in writing.

Careers which make use of the research, investigating and report writing techniques gained through the study of History include – Civil Service, Law, Police, publishing, planning, management and library work. It is also useful for work in the media, Diplomatic Service, local government, architecture, museum work, heritage and archive work, and of course, teaching.

WJEC Geography

Pupils at Hawthorn follow the WJEC specification course. Pupils are given the opportunity to ‘think like a geographer’ and are given opportunities to:

Think creatively e.g. posing questions

Think scientifically e.g. collecting and analysing evidence

Think independently e.g. applying knowledge to real life situations

The course has 2 exams (taken in the summer of Year 11) and two opportunities to complete fieldwork.

Unit 1 – Physical and Human Landscapes (40%)

Unit 2 – Environmental and Development Issues (40%)

Unit 3 – Fieldwork enquiry (20%)


The skills learnt within the Geography course are easily transferable to many jobs and careers. Careers linked to Geography include Town Planning, Surveyors, Engineers, Meteorologists, Travel Agents, Teacher’s, Cartographers or an Archaeologist for example. In line with the new GATSBY framework, all pupils will be given opportunities to engage with employers throughout their learning as part of the running stable and structured career programme across the whole school.

WJEC Travel and Tourism

Tourism is witnessing huge global growth and is forecast to continue to grow far into the future, Growth means that more and more skilled workers are needed all over the world. By studying tourism at KS4 you give yourself the skills and knowledge to be part of this growth.

In Year 9 Hawthorn pupils have the opportunity to study WJECs Level 1/2 Award in Tourism. There are 3 units to study as outlined below.

This structure has been designed to develop in learners the understanding and skills related to arrange of different types of tourism and tourism organisations. Each unit has been designed so that knowledge, skills and understanding is developed through tasks that have many of the characteristics of real work in tourism.

Throughout the course, pupils will be given the opportunity to develop their independent learning and problem solving skills, these skills are transferrable to other curriculum areas.


Tourism is a worldwide industry, and the skills you will learn at GCSE are easily transferrable. A career in tourism can literally open up the world for you, especially if you want to combine work and travel. There is such a wide range of jobs in this industry, and it is estimated that 1 in 10 jobs globally are in the Tourism industry. Career opportunities include Tour Guides, Adventure Sports Leaders, Events Management, Air Cabin Crew, Holiday Reps – the list is endless!

Religious Studies (RS)

Religious Studies (RS) is a relevant, contemporary and diverse subject which is constantly adapting to reflect our changing society. It is the fastest growing subject at GCSE and has similar skills base to English and History. The subject seeks to promote an understanding of different religious and non-religious beliefs when looking at big questions in life. The two religions that are studied are Christianity and Islam.

Year 10

Issues of Good and Evil


Christianity: Beliefs and Practices

Year 11

Islam: Beliefs and Practices



There are three main ways of ‘using’ religious studies in the world of work:

  1. Careers where it is important or useful to have knowledge of what really matters to people:health care, child care, medicine, psychologist, customer services.
  2. Careers which make good use of the research, investigatory and report writing techniques learned in studying religion:law, police work (forensic), psychology, public services, management.
  3. Careers where you need specific knowledge of religions:teaching, social work, archaeology, museum work, fine art, conservation/natural history, architecture, youth work and ministry.

The skills learnt within the RS course are easily transferable to many jobs and careers.