Philosophy and Ethics
Philosophy, Ethics and Religious studies will appeal to learners who have an interest in the big questions in life, who are accepting of a range of beliefs and approaches to living, and who are passionate about voicing their own opinions.
The course allows learners to explore, develop, enhance and change their views on a range of moral and philosophical questions facing the world and provides them with opportunities to hone their skills on independent thought and argument. By presenting learners with a range of both religious and non-religious approaches to these issues, learners can develop an awareness and empathy around the views of others; equipping them with the ability to relate to people from different standpoints whilst affirming or questioning their own pre-conceived views.
The main religions focused on through our course are Christianity and Islam. Learners will grapple with interpreting bible and Qur’an scriptures and applying their learning to support beliefs and opinions in response to controversial statements. Learners will also engage in understanding the different beliefs and practices of Islam and Church of England Christianity. They will look into the founding story of the religion and explore the different aspects that make each religion different; looking for example, into the purpose of fasting during the month of Ramadan, why Muslims attend Hajj, and what jihad really is.
By October of their final year, learners will have completed the course and will commence the process of revision for their final GCSE exams in the summer of Cohort 11. Learners will practice examination questions and also revisit some of the content that they studied initially in Cohort 9 first and Cohort 10 afterwards.