Philosophy and Ethics

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, Sikhism, 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.

Curriculum Years 7-9

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:
Christian holy week
Year 8

Topics include:
Buddhism (part 1)
Anne Frank

Year 9

Topics include:
What is reality?
Buddhism (part 2)
Civil Rights movement

Useful websites for Key Stage 3

BBC Religions
BBC Ethics
BBC News
RE Quest
Zencast (Buddhism)

GCSE Religious Studies

GCSE Religious Studies is as an option at GCSE level for students to continue their studies within the philosophy and ethics department. Fundamental issues of our modern society are discussed and students further develop the capacity to think critically and develop analytical skills.

Qualification GCSE Religious Studies – Philosophy and Applied Ethics
Board AQA
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 (Philosophy)
Theme D: Religion, Peace & Conflict
Theme E: Religion, crime and punishment.
Website link
Assessment details 100% terminal exam
Further details This curriculum has no coursework requirement. Students sit two x 1 hour 45 minute examinations at the end of Year 11.
Recommended textbook and revision guides

For sale at school and online
AQA GCSE Religious Studies A: Christianity and Buddhism Revision Guide

For sale online
Religious Studies A (Christianity) Marianne Fleming, Peter Smith & David Worden
(ISBN 978 – 0 – 19 – 837033 - 8)
Religious Studies A (Buddhism) Kevin James, Nagapriya
(ISBN 978 – 0 – 19 – 837032 - 1)

Useful websites for Years 10 and 11

BBC Religions
BBC Ethics
Zencast (Buddhism)
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)

Ofsted Outstanding School
Peak 11
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