• Environmental Management
  • Kuwait Social Studies
  • Psychology
  • Geography
  • History
  • Government and Politics

Environmental management is concerned with education for sustainable development in a world where the security of resources and life-sustaining systems is endangered by human impact. The syllabus draws upon disciplines such as biology, earth science, geography, economics and anthropology.

It starts with the interdependence of the Earth's natural systems and how people use natural resources, and moves on to examine the impact of development on the environment. Issues such as environmental pollution and resource depletion are examined, but the view of them is forward looking, to see how we may change the nature of development towards future sustainability.

All students in Key Stage 3 – Years 7 and 8 – continue to follow the Kuwait Ministry of Education programme of Social Studies. During these two years they work from Books 3 and 4 which are supported by appropriate workbooks which contain a variety of activities to complement the textbook.

Year 7 follow Book 3 which covers the Geography of the region and then moves on to look at Ancient Civilisations such as the Sumerians and the Babylonians who were responsible for the invention of things which we now take for granted, for example the Sumerians calculated that one calendar year should consist of 365 days. The book then moves on to study the foundation of Islam and the life of the Prophet (PBUH).

Year 8 also covers both the Geography and History of the region but from a more contemporary standpoint. This group uses Book 4 of the programme which includes the impact of the Gulf War on Kuwait and the region.

This fascinating AS course has been introduced recently into the options available within the Humanities Department.

Psychology is the study of humankind’s behaviour patterns and the causes and consequences of this behaviour.

As with all subjects at AS Level the emphasis is wide and varied. Some classes will be teacher-led whilst others will examine individual research; the analysis of results of investigations, inspired by individual research; the ability to debate and support the results of these investigations. Case-studies form an important and compelling part of the programme of study.

The skills required for the successful completion of this subject are similar to those needed to study any of the other Humanities subjects, i.e debating, the analysis and evaluation of different sources, and communication skills. There is an expectation that the students will read from many different sources to ensure a well-balanced view of issues being discussed. The ability to justify conclusions drawn is of paramount importance.

Geography is a wide-ranging subject. Within its scope are many diverse, interesting and exciting elements. An awareness and understanding of current world affairs and problems are regarded as important aspects of study.

We teach our students various skills including map reading, finding reference material, handling statistics, drawing sketch maps, note-taking and many others. We work hard to improve students’ literacy and place great emphasis on spelling, grammar and punctuation. We teach students how to analyse maps, describe, explain and compare patterns.

There are high expecations of achievement and behaviour in every year group as our main focus is to provide students with opportunities to achieve their best. Learning stands at the core of all our lessons and we support our students in developing a desired attitude to learning.

Castles, disease, revolution, bloodshed and war. Sound interesting? These are just a few of the topics you will study in your history lessons at GES.

At KS3 (years 7, 8 and 9), the focus is on change and development in British History. Year 7 pupils will examine the development of castles, the Black Death that ravaged Europe and everyday life in the Medieval World. In Year 8, pupils will move on to the gruesome murders of Jack the Ripper, the abolition of the slave trade and the huge changes that went on in Industrial Britain. Finally, we build up to study both World Wars, Twentieth Century political developments and the dropping of the Atom Bomb in Year 9.

Those students who choose to study History at IGCSE and beyond, can look forward to a closer examination of the end of World War I, the Cold War, the Russian Revolution and the American ‘Boom and Bust’. All these studies require a great deal of reading, writing and analysis. The skills you acquire in History will not only improve your communication skills but also the way you debate and analyse different sources. These are skills for life not just for examinations. So, come and join us for an interesting, mind-boggling and rigorous study of mankind’s history.

Do you like debates? Interested in how the world works? Have some opinions of your own? This course will provide you with all you need to know about the world of political ideas, institutions and processes. From the workings of Parliament, the philosophy of Democracy to the ideas behind the main UK political parties. Our AS course focuses on the world of UK politics and also branches into worldwide issues.

Why choose Government and Politics? During this course you will acquire valuable knowledge about different systems of government and the way politics affects everybody’s daily life. However, this course is not simply about knowledge. You will also develop your debate expertise, your ability to analyse and evaluate different sources and your communication skills. You will be expected to keep up to date by watching current events on TV and reading quality newspapers and undertaking relevant research. Your lessons will involve group discussions, presentations, individual research and teacher-led learning.