History, Geography, World Religions and Psychology, collectively known as the Humanities, are a crucial part of a balanced education, creating thoughtful and active citizens of the future that understand the world’s political, natural and cultural context.
Through mixed experiences, both within the classroom and outside, the children develop their curiosity and are then keen to explore and discover independently.
Through a hands-on, cross-curricular approach to learning, we seek to cultivate the children’s knowledge and understanding of people, events, and contexts from various historical periods and of historical concepts and processes.
From Primary School, within the History curriculum, we aim to encourage students to reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past. They will learn to formulate and filter questions and lines of inquiry to assess and challenge their own and others’ views using detailed, appropriate and accurate historical evidence from various sources.
Through an applied approach that includes reenactments, theme days, field trips or special projects, our primary goal is to nurture a passion for history and an enthusiastic engagement in learning. This develops our pupils’ curiosity about the past and their understanding of how and why people interpret it differently.
Key Stage 3
Key Stage 4
Studying Geography is very important for students, regardless of their age or stage of learning. It helps them better understand the world and stimulates their curiosity regarding places and people.
Teaching Geography in the early years is focused on equipping our pupils to expand their knowledge of the interaction between the human and physical processes and landscapes, both terrestrial and aquatic, and develop their awareness and understanding of global issues and the need for a sustainable future.
Key Stage 3
Key Stage 4
World Religions allow the development of knowledge and understanding of religious beliefs, values and traditions by studying the six major world religions and non-religious views. Students are encouraged to form well-argued, well-informed, balanced and structured responses that engage with questions of belief, value, meaning, purpose, truth and their influence on human life.
In Year 7, students will develop a working knowledge of the critical aspects of the six major world religions, including their origins and range of beliefs.
In Year 8, they will take this foundation and compare key themes, such as pilgrimages, festivals and life experiences, including views on what happens after we die. They will also begin to consider non-religious beliefs.
In Year 9, they will use their deepening knowledge of different viewpoints to address moral and ethical questions regarding human and animal rights, suffering and war.
Psychology is taught only at KS5 following the CAIE course and is the study of the human mind and behaviour.
It focuses on cognitive processes, developmental changes, individual differences, social interactions and physiological processes.
Psychologists design and carry out experiments, in order to determine normal human behaviour and investigate abnormal or problematic behaviour. The course will cover:
- Cognitive psychology
- Biological psychology
- Social psychology
- Mental illness and addiction.
Besides psychological theories, students will also learn about different experimental methods that are used within psychology, statistical analysis and the wider implications of psychology in society. The course will use classic and contemporary studies.
Higher Education and Career Opportunities
Psychology A Level can lead to many different university and job opportunities, including (but not limited to): medical fields, business & marketing, education, police and criminology, as well as, psychology itself.
The course is very useful for those planning on going on to higher education, as it allows for the development of skills in reading and understanding scientific literature.
Melissa DavisHEAD OF HUMANITIES
Melissa, the Head of Humanities, joined the British School of Bucharest in 2023 and has a degree in History with Sociology.
After 10 years of experience in a global company, she completed her History PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) at the University of East Anglia. She has since taught at high-quality schools in Essex and Suffolk, in England. In 2011, Melissa gained her MA (Master of Arts Degree) in Education. She took a brief break from teaching between 2016 and 2018 to work for a charity training graduates to become outstanding teachers before returning to the classroom.
Scott AllsopTeacher of Humanities & House Coordinator
Scott Allsop joined the British School of Bucharest in 2014. He is a teacher of Humanities and a House Coordinator.
Scott is a Cambridge graduate, studying History at Emmanuel College before returning to the University of Cambridge to complete his PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education). He taught for several years at a comprehensive secondary school in the UK before embarking on teaching in an international environment with a move to the Modern English School, Cairo. There, he held the position of Head of Humanities and was the whole-school Online Learning Coordinator. Scott is the author of a leading history learning website and also hosts a popular daily history podcast.
Alice AllsopTEACHER OF HUMANITIES & EXAMS OFFICER
Alice joined the Humanities Faculty of the British School of Bucharest in 2016. She studied Geography at the University of Cambridge and had a career in higher education and disability studies before becoming an international teacher. Alice spent six years teaching in Cairo, Egypt, where she was the Coordinator of the International Baccalaureate ‘Core’ and an examiner for the IB.
Alice initiated Make A Difference (MAD) at BSB and was the Charities Coordinator. She has been the Exams Officer at BSB since 2021 and is an examiner for Cambridge International. She is committed to supporting students throughout the exams experience and is passionate about student opportunities beyond the curriculum.
Roisin MulchroneTEACHER OF HUMANITIES & HEAD OF YEAR 9
Roisin Mulchrone joined the British School of Bucharest in 2020 as a Secondary Psychology Teacher.
She studied Psychology at St. Mary’s University of Twickenham and has taught for six years in the UK and three years in Vietnam. She has been a Psychology A Level teacher throughout this time while also teaching various Humanities subjects to Key Stage 3. After her PGCE, she completed a research Masters in ‘Education and Leadership’.
Irada ChadwickTEACHER OF HUMANITIES
Irada joined the British School of Bucharest in 2023. She completed her studies in Political Science at the University of Amsterdam. With a PGCE from the University of Sussex, she honed her teaching skills. Her international exposure at Harrow International School Bangkok strengthened her commitment to global education.
Irada dedicated herself to teaching underprivileged students through local charities in Thailand and believes in fostering critical thinking and active citizenship.