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Welcome to Philosophy, Religion and Ethics

The Department of Philosophy, Religion and Ethics is comprised of highly knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff who believe in the importance of many of the ideas that we teach. As a department, we feel that the disciplines of philosophy, ethics and religion should be understood on a level where our students can see how these ideas could impact the lives of those around them and even help to guide their own lives in a positive way.

Mr Harry Stone, Head of Philosophy, Religion and Ethics

The curriculum for Year 7 begins with a philosophical exploration of different types of knowledge and philosophical questions which will be raised over the next two years of learning. The broad unit headings are as follows:

  • Unit 1: Questions, Mysteries & Myths
  • Unit 2: The Abrahamic Faiths
  • Unit 3: Ethics & Animal Testing
  • Unit 4: Happiness through Eastern & Western Thought

Year 8 begin their course of learning by questioning ideas about the certainty and reliability of human experience and reality. The unit heading are as follows:

  • Unit 1: Knowledge & Reality
  • Unit 2: Buddhism & Alternative Eastern Philosophy
  • Unit 3: Belief & Non-Belief
  • Unit 4: Human Nature

In the Edexcel course we cover key themes including Religion, Peace & Justice and Crime & Punishment. We focus on the religions of Christianity & Islam and explore the beliefs and practices of both.

At KS5 we follow the Edexcel A Level Religious Studies specification which consists of three equally weighted components.

  1. The Philosophy of Religion section covers the classical arguments for the existence of God, religious experience, the problem of evil, religious language, verification & falsification debates and the various works of various scholars including their influence on developments in religious belief.
  2. The Religion and Ethics section of the course covers a range of ethical theories including utilitarianism, situation ethics, natural moral law and deontological Kantian ethics. The students are given the opportunity to apply these theories to a range of fascinating real-world issues including war & peace, sexual ethics and the relationship between religion and morality more generally.
  3. The Study of Buddhism component of the course focuses initially on the life and work of the Buddha, before moving through the beliefs, values and teaching of Buddhism as a spiritual discipline. Finally the sources of wisdom are examined, along with the Buddhist practices that shape and express religious identify such as an affinity with the practice of meditation. The Buddhism unit is considered within the context of the changing social and historical developments of the religion over time.

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Philosophy, Religion and Ethics events

Towards the end of term, Harry and his Year 7 colleagues were tasked with designing a Multi-Faith Centre, which could be a place of worship for people of various faiths. This is his pitch!

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