Humanities & Social Sciences

Interested in topics ranging from volcanoes to socialism (and everything in between)? If so, then studying humanities at Pendleton Sixth Form College is the right choice for you. The courses we offer in our Humanities and Social Science Department will help you acquire a better understanding of a broad range of topics and develop a set of academic skills that will enable you to prosper in Higher Education or the workplace. Students will gain attributes from highly-skilled teachers who have a deep passion for their subjects, in addition to outside speakers and high-quality learning resources.

Our Courses:

Leanne McGeown

Head of Department, Psychology

After graduating with a Degree in Psychology, Leanne completed her teacher training at Edge Hill University before beginning her teaching career at a college in Cheshire.  Leanne joined Pendleton as the Head of Psychology in 2019 and has since completed a Masters Degree. 

Matt Phillips

Head of Department, Humanities

Matt has a keen interest in current affairs, particularly international relations. This is reflected in his MA in International Politics and BSc in Geography. Matt has a wealth of teaching experience, having taught across a range of subjects including; geography, politics and economics. 

Hannah Ashton

Curriculum Leader for Psychology

After studying Psychology at Pendleton College Hannah developed a passion for this subject, going on to study it further at The University of Manchester achieving a BSc. before achieving a Distinction in her Teaching degree at Masters level from The University of Bolton.

Ash Booth

Curriculum Leader for Criminology / Teacher of Sociology

A Criminology Major, with Minors in both Law and Sociology from Lancaster University. Ash qualified with a PGCE in Social Sciences through Liverpool Hope’s School Direct Programme, applying his past experience a teaching assistant and paralegal to his lessons. 

Nicholas Cousins

Teacher of Classical Civilisation & Criminology

With 18 years of Teaching Experience and qualifications from Portsmouth, Sheffield and the Open University, Nicholas is a great addition to our Humanities and Social Science Department.  In his spare time, Nicholas self published two books on Green political philosophy. 

Janet Dumican

Teacher of Law

Janet has over 15 years of experience teaching Law and as a Senior Examiner for OCR in Criminal Law. Janet has a passion for criminal law, having spent seven years working as a Police Officer, though equally enjoys teaching both TORT and Contract Law. 

Rachael Good

Teacher of Sport

Passionate about sport, Rachael completed a BSc (Hons) in Sports Science  at University and pursued a career as a Personal Trainer before joining us here at Pendleton Sixth Form College. Rachael’s greatest achievement was a top 6 ranking in the Modern Pentathlon for the Triathlon event.

John Greenaway

Teacher of Sociology & Criminology

After moving to Manchester in 1984, John completed his first degree in Politics and History at Manchester Polytechnic, later completing a Masters degree in European Politics at Manchester University before qualifying as a teacher and joining the team here at Pendleton Sixth Form College. 

Kath Horwill

Teacher of History

Kath’s specialisms are German and Cold War History, having spent a year of her degree studying at a German University. Kath is a senior examiner for AQA. Kath has an NPQSL having researched the impact of aspiration on A level performance. She is currently studying for a Masters in Education.

Natalie Cécile Kersh

Curriculum Leader, Humanities

A qualified French Translator with a Masters Degree in Translation and International Business, Natalie teaches on our A-level French and A-level Criminology courses. Natalie has a depth of experience teaching languages, having previously taught in France for several years.

Rebecca Kirkpatrick

Teacher of Law

Rebecca completed a Law degree and Masters in Law before beginning her training to become a solicitor, working with clients as a paralegal, mostly in financial litigation and conveyancing. After a successful career she retrained as teacher applying her practical and academic knowledge in her lessons. 

Maxime Lallement

French Languages Assistant

Maxime graduated with a PhD in Philosophy from Manchester Metropolitan University in December 2015. Having worked as a French Language Tutor for various institutions, he developed a passion for sharing his mother tongue, helping students communicate and developing critical thinking. 

Caitlin Sanders

Teacher of Psychology

A former Pendleton student, Caitlin completed her BSc (Hons) in Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University, before pursuing her passion to teach and completing her PGCE in Psychology. Caitlin is currently completing her NQT year here at Pendleton.

Wendy Walmsley

Teacher of History & Politics

Wendy studied History and Politics from Queens University, before completing a PGCE in Manchester and joining the Humanities Team at Pendleton College. Wendy enjoys teaching on our A-level History course as she can talk about her favourite part of history – the Tudors.

Christina Wood

Teacher of Criminology

Originally a philosophy teacher, Christina has now moved into the field of Criminology. In her spare time she enjoys watching true crime documentaries and researching true crimes, miscarriages of justice and crime reduction strategies; applying her findings to her lessons. 

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