Skills For Life
Ethics, Philosophy and Religion
Faculty of Humanities
Head of Faculty
Miss M Clark
Head of Ethics, Philosophy and Religion Department
Miss M Clark
Years 7 – 9
Students study the world religions forming the foundations of knowledge for GCSE; they are taken through the experiences of the believer with a dynamic curriculum full of opportunities for debate, creativity, personal reflection and spirituality. Students consider what ethics is and how we make moral decisions. They also study humanism and why people do not believe in God and learn how to think philosophically by asking and answering ultimate questions. They get a rounded education on the varied landscape of belief in Britain and the world today.
This subject is optional at GCSE and students study AQA A Religious Studies GCSE; they study two major world religions – Christianity and Sikhism and look at the practices and festivals of these two faiths as well as the beliefs and teachings. The second half of the course is concerned with ethical and philosophical issues such as euthanasia, abortion, war, and crime and punishment. Students enjoy discussing these and other issues at length, considering more than one point of view.
Students study the Eduqas A-Level course Religious Studies which is divided into Religion (Judaism), Philosophy and Ethics. Students learn about the history of the Jewish faith and people and how this impacts on their life as believers. Students are introduced to philosophy and arguments for the existence of God, the ethics module looks at what different scholars believe about right and wrong and deals with many real life applications such as immigration, abortion, polygamous relationships and many more.