What is a sustainable future? Is there such a thing as life after death? Are criminals born or raised? To what extent were the actions of the Suffragettes acceptable? The Faculty of World Affairs represents one of the most diverse subject areas of The Dean Academy and at the heart of everything we do is the Socratic teaching “The unexamined life is not worth living.”

The Faculty is comprised of seven teachers, each with their own dedicated classroom to provide a purposeful and engaging learning environment.  Our programmes of study aim to link the local and personal with the national and international.  They are designed to develop a picture of a world open to interpretation and, as such, students are encouraged to adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the world around them.  As a result, the study of subjects within the Faculty of World Affairs enhances a student’s spiritual, personal, social and moral development.  At all times students are encouraged to be open-minded, tolerant and respectful of opinions different from their own.

At Key Stage 3, students can expect to investigate topics such as why William became King in 1066, the significance of the Tudors and how people react, rebel and revolt in History; in Geography they will not only look at how our world is shaped through physical processes, such as weathering or by natural hazards, but also the growing impact of human action by investigating how we live off Earth’s resources and how we can live sustainably.
Alongside History and Geography, the Faculty also supports the personal development of each student at The Dean Academy through its Values and Society programme.  Throughout Years 7 to 9, students engage in philosophical and ethical debates, develop understanding of British Values such as democracy and are  provided with a safe environment to discuss the nature of human relationships including abuse, consent and sexual health.
At Key Stage 4 the Faculty offers GCSEs in History (Edexcel), Geography (OCR), Religion, Philosophy and Ethics (AQA) and Enterprise and Marketing (Cambridge National).

Geography Documents

Year 7

Y7 Curriculum Overview
Y7 Fantastic Places Knowledge Organiser
Y7 FoD and Fieldwork Knowledge Organiser

Year 8

Y8 Curriculum Overview
Y8 Development Gap Knowledge Organiser
Y8 Tectonics Knowledge Organiser

Year 9

Y9 Curriculum Overview
Y9 Conflict Knowledge Organiser
Y9 Migration Knowledge Organiser


Skills Knowledge Organiser
Global Hazards Knowledge Organiser
Climate Change Knowledge Organiser
Distinctive Landscapes Knowledge Organiser
Sustaining Ecosystems Knowledge Organiser
Urban Futures Knowledge Organiser
Dynamic Development Knowledge Organiser
UK in the 21st Century Knowledge Organiser
Resource Reliance Knowledge Organiser

History Documents

Year 7

Y7 Curriculum Overview
Y7 1066 Knowledge Organiser
Y7 Historical Skills Knowledge Organiser

Year 8

Y8 Curriculum Overview
Y8 Elizabethan Golden Age Knowledge Organiser
Y8 The English Civil War Knowledge Organiser

Year 9

Y9 Curriculum Overview
Y9 Causes and Events of the First World War Knowledge Organiser
Y9 Life in the Trenches Knowledge Organiser


American West Knowledge Organiser
Medicine Knowledge Organiser
Medicine on the Western Front Paper One Section A
History Medicine Paper One Section B
Richard John Knowledge Organiser
Weimar Nazi Germany Knowledge Organiser
Weimar and Nazi Germany Paper Three
Western Front Medicine Knowledge Organiser

Marketing & Enterprise Documents


Values & Society Documents

Year 7

KS3 Curriculum Overview Y7
Term 1 Knowledge Organiser
Buddhism Knowledge Organiser
Term 3 Knowledge Organiser
Jesus Rebel or Hero Knowledge Organiser

Year 8

KS3 Curriculum Overview Y8
What is a Human Knowledge Organiser
Legal System Knowledge Organiser
Money Management Knowledge Organiser

Year 9

KS3 Curriculum Overview Y9
Term 1 Knowledge Organiser
Right to Kill Knowledge Organiser
Human Rights Knowledge Organiser

Religion, Philosophy and Ethics Documents

At GCSE, students can opt to study Religion, Philosophy and Ethics, a challenging and popular course which follows the AQA Religious Studies A modules. Students consider big questions and contemporary ethical dilemmas from a variety of views, including atheistic and religious views, and we study Christianity and Islam in order to support this discussion. This GCSE course allows students to develop their understanding of religion and ethics as they consider the impact both have on the world today. The subject is highly valued by Sixth Form centres, universities and employers and, in particular, will develop dynamic thinking skills, analysis and an ability to evaluate differing points of view.

Students enjoy the challenge and relevance of a course which examines controversial, important issues in modern society. We teach students to develop key skills which allow them to embrace and explore differing points of view and articulate their evaluative response. The teaching and learning in the classroom is varied and creative, allowing students to debate and reflect as they develop their own, justified opinions.

Year 10

What is a Human Knowledge Organiser
Islam Beliefs
Islam Practices

Year 11

Term 1 Knowledge Organiser
Christian Beliefs
Christian Practices