The Philosophy and Ethics department provokes and challenges students with questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.
It develops our students’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, Islam, Judaism & Buddhism and world views that offer answers to such questions. Humanism and atheism are also studied. The Philosophy and Ethics department offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development. The department encourages students to learn from different religious beliefs, values and traditions while exploring their own beliefs, and questions of meaning. It challenges our students to reflect on, consider, analyse, interpret and evaluate issues of truth, belief, faith and ethics. It encourages them to understand that we live as citizens in a pluralistic society and a global community. Our aim is to equip students for adult life, employment and life-long learning.
In years 7-9 students follow the national curriculum. The Philosophy and Ethics curriculum is based on the Derbyshire Agreed Syllabus for RE, revised 2014.
|Year 7||Topics include:
In the beginning...
All students in years 10 and 11 complete a full GCSE in Applied Ethics & Philosophy. The school believes the study of Philosophy and Ethics to be invaluable. Students learn to consider fundamental issues of our modern society and develop the capacity to think critically and develop analytical skills.
Specifications are due to change for September 2017, and we will be following AQA Syllabus A:
|Qualification||GCSE Religious Studies – Philosophy and Applied Ethics|
|Syllabus number||Syllabus A (8062)
Component 1: the study of religions, beliefs and teachings
Component 2: Thematic Studies
Theme B: Religion & Life
Theme C: Questioning the existence of God
Theme D: Religion, Peace & Conflict
Theme E: Religion, crime and punishment.
|Assessment details||100% terminal exam|
|Further details||This curriculum has no coursework requirement. Pupils sit two x 1 hour 45 minute examinations at the end of Year 11.|
|Recommended textbook and revision guides||To be confirmed in Autumn 2016.|
BBC Bitesize (Key Stage 4)
More 4 (for selected documentaries)
The Big Question (BBC)
Thought for the Day (Radio 4)
Beyond Belief (Radio 4)
TrueTube (short films on GCSE topics)