Philosophy & Religion

Key Stage 3

Philosophy & Religion is a vital part of the National Curriculum. It is through such a subject that we are able to educate pupils about different religions and cultures and celebrate this difference. Through appreciating what others believe and how others think, we can have a well-balanced understanding of the different cultural and religious groups that make up British society today.

We aim to help pupils to develop their own ideas on key issues, such as:

Why are we here?
What makes a religion?
Do we have a duty to be good?

We don’t only have a focus on religion, but we also aim to explore key ethical concepts and begin to determine how we can decide what is right and wrong. We try and ensure all pupils have the chance to debate, write about, act out and think about several key issues.

Year 7

Term 1 – Introduction | Islam and the Media
Term 2 – Who was Buddha?
Term 3 – The Real Jesus
Term 4 & 5 – Sikh beliefs affect their actions
Term 5 & 6 Life is a journey

Year 8

Term 1 – What does it mean to be a Jew?
Term 2 – New world religions
Term 3 & 4 – What does it mean to be a Buddhist?
Term 5 – What do Christians believe?
Term 6 – Why go on a pilgrimage?

Year 9

Term 1 – Does God exist?
Term 2 – What does it mean to be moral?
Term 3 & 4 – How do we respond to the Holocaust?
Term 4 & 5 – Multiculturalism and Sikhism
Term 6 – Religion: The past, the present and the future

Key Stage 4

What will my child learn in Philosophy and Religion?

Students enjoy this subject because it actually looks at a wide range of topics and issues that affect our world today such as war and peace, prejudice and discrimination, abortion and euthanasia, good and evil and religion and science.

The course is split into two units:

Unit One is the study of philosophy of religion. We study Beliefs about God; Life after Death; Good and Evil and Religion and Science.

Unit Two includes is the study of ethics. We study Medical Ethics; Relationships; War, Peace and Justice and Equality.

How is Philosophy and Religion taught?

In addition to student basic notes and using the key text books, there will be a lot of discussion and debate. We will also use videos and topical news items and sometimes role play.

How is Philosophy and Religion assessed?

There are two exams, one on unit one and one on unit two. Each exam includes a mixture of short answers and essays. There is no controlled assessment. All marks are based on those final two written exams.

Key Stage 5

Philosophy

What will my child learn in A-Level Philosophy

Philosophy literally means the ‘love of wisdom’. But what does it mean to be wise? This A Level course will help you to understand what it means to be wise, to ask questions and to seek answers to those questions. It is a quest for knowledge; a journey on which you will learn how to think and develop skills that will equip you to succeed at university, at work and in life.

The course is split into two units at AS Level, and you study two topics in each unit. In Unit 1 you study ‘Reason and Experience’ and one from ‘Why Should I be Moral?’ and ‘The Idea of God?’ In Unit 2 you study ‘God and the World’ and ‘Freewill and Determinism’.

At A2 Level you will study Political Philosophy and Moral Philosophy. You will also study Rene Descartes Meditations in depth.
There is no specific entry requirement but a good grade in English really helps as you do have to read complicated texts and write essays.


 

Religion

What will my child learn in A-Level Religion

Religious Studies examines the most important questions that you could ever ask. We address philosophical & ethical issues from Plato in Ancient Greece to Richard Dawkins in modern day Britain.

Topics studied in philosophy include questioning the existence of God, the philosophical foundations of religion, religious experience and miracles. From an ethical perspective we explore the concept of morality and practical ethical issues such as Euthanasia and Abortion.

Religious Studies is useful for many careers: journalism, law, teaching, social work, management and police work. Indeed in all jobs where you work with and need to understand people. Universities look favourably on an A level in RS because it shows you have developed the skills to reflect upon and develop your own values, opinions and attitudes together with the ability to evaluate and justify a point of view.

There is no specific entry requirement and you do not need a GCSE in RS to succeed. However, a good grade in English really helps as you will be expected to read complicated texts and write essays