Philosophy & Religious Studies

We offer Philosophy and Ethics (P&E) to all year groups.  The subject offers a fascinating insight into different cultures, practices and ways of thinking.  It is a chance for everyone to express their own views on ethical issues such as the death penalty, evil and suffering and poverty.

At Key Stage 4, students study more philosophical and ethical issues such as: medical ethics, relationships and the nature of good and evil.  GCSE Philosophy and Ethics encourages students to develop their evaluative and analytical skills essential for success in higher education.  Lessons provide regular opportunities for students to discuss and debate their viewpoints and the views of others, and develop an awareness and understanding of moral and spiritual beliefs.

Key Stage 3

Year 7Year 8Year 9
Ultimate QuestionsValues and EthicsCrime and Punishment
The Big StoryApplied EthicsChristian Beliefs
Introduction to IslamEvil and SufferingOrigin and Value of the Universe
HinduismIs religion a source for peace or conflict?
HinduismHuman Rights

Key Stage 4 (a core subject that all students undertake as a full course GCSE)

GCSE (Exam Board: AQA Spec A: Code 8062) – 100% exam
Component 1: The Study of religions: Beliefs, Teachings and Practices
  • Christianity
  • Islam
Component 2: Thematic Studies
  • Religion, Peace and Conflict
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Religion, Human rights and Social Justice
  • The existence of God and Revelation
  • Origin and Value of Life and the Universe

Key Stage 5

Awarding Body: EDUQAS

Philosophy and Ethics is a subject that by its nature requires candidates to consider individual, moral, ethical, social, cultural and contemporary issues. All modules taught provide opportunities to:

  • Develop your interest in a rigorous study of religion and belief and relate it to the wider world
  • Develop knowledge and understanding appropriate to a specialist study of religion
  • Develop an understanding and appreciation of religious thought and its contribution to individuals, communities and societies
  • Adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of religion
  • Reflect on and develop your own values, opinions and attitudes in the light of your study

Course Content – At A Level three modules will be studied:

  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Religion and Ethics
  • Theology

The Philosophy units include arguments for the existence of God such as the cosmological and ontological arguments, as well as challenges to religious belief such as the problem of evil.

The Ethics units include discussion about what we mean by right and wrong and medical ethical debate on topics such as abortion and euthanasia.This will include ethical theory and its application to ethical issues.

The theology units look at how scripture is used in a contemporary society and issues of different narratives in the Bible. This includes religious concepts such as the nature of God and religious identity.

Assessment is based on knowledge of the topic as well as skills in evaluation and reasoning.

Entry requirements

Grade 6 in PRS, Grade 5 in GCSE English Language or English Literature or History and at least 40 Total Points Score

Assessment

100% examination in three papers:

  • Paper 1 – Christianity
  • Paper 2 – Philosophy of Religion
  • Paper 3 – Religion and Ethics

Extra-Curricular Activities and Trips:

  • At KS3 there is the opportunity to visit our local church in connection to our ‘What is Worship’ unit.
  • At KS4 we visit London central Mosque to learn about belief and practices to support the Islamic element of the GCSE
  • We also offer a trip to our GCSE option students to London to take part in a conference looking at the importance of PRS for their futures. They also get the opportunity to meet students from other schools and discuss their ideas.
  • At KS5 we have a number of trips to Philosophy and ethics conferences. These support the learning of our students as well as being a good introduction to what university lectures and seminars may be like. The students also have the opportunity to meet students from other schools to discuss their ideas.

What is special about us?

In Philosophy and Religious studies we explore and discuss beliefs, our own personal journeys and the big ideas about the world. Our students have the opportunity to discuss and value different opinions and views in a safe and respectful environment.