Philosophy and Ethics

We offer Philosophy and Ethics (P&E)  at Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9), Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) and Key Stage 5 (Years 12 and 13).

The subject offers a fascinating insight into different cultures, practices and ways of thinking.  It is a chance for everyone to express their own views on ethical issues such as the death penalty, evil and suffering and poverty. 

At Key Stage 4, students study more philosophical and ethical issues such as: medical ethics, relationships and the nature of good and evil. GCSE Philosophy and Ethics encourages students to develop their evaluative and analytical skills essential for success in higher education.  Lessons provide regular opportunities for students to discuss and debate their viewpoints and the views of others, and develop an awareness and understanding of moral and spiritual beliefs.

Curriculum

Key Stage 3

Year 7

  • Ultimate questions
  • What guides our lives
  • Why is their poverty? (includes  the role of charities)
  • Buddhism

Educational visit to St Albans

Year 8

  • Hinduism
  • Values and ethics
  • Is religion dangerous?
  • Inspirational leaders

Educational visit to Hindu Temple, Neasden

Year 9

  • Human Rights
  • Medical ethics
  • Euthanasia
  • Crime and Punishment
     
Key Stage 4 (an option subject with effect from June 2016 – 5 lessons a fortnight)
 
GCSE (Exam Board: AQA Spec A: Code 8062)
100% exam
 
Component 1: The Study of religions: Beliefs, Teachings and Practices
 
Beliefs, Teachings and Practices from; 
 
1. Christianity and,
2. Islam
 
Component 2: Thematic Studies
 
  • Religion, Peace and Conflict
  • Religion, Human rights and Social Justice
  • The existence of God and Revelation
  • Religion and Life.
 

Key Stage 5

At Key Stage 5 (Year 12), students study the AQA syllabus which covers the philosophy and ethics of religion. Students must achieve at least a C grade at GCSE English to take up the subject at A level as the course requires students to carry out independent research, read and make notes on various texts and write essay style answers.
 
Component 1: Philosophy of Religion and Ethics.
 
Section A = Philosophy of Religion
 
  • Arguments for the existence of God
  • Evil and Suffering
  • Religious Experience
Section B = Ethics and Religion
 
  • Ethical Theories
  • Issues of Human life and Death
  • Issues of Animal life and Death
Component 2: Study of Religion
 
  • Sources of Wisdom and Authority
  • God/Ultimate Reality
  • Life after Death
  • Key Moral Principles
  • Religious Identity
Key Stage 5
 
Year 13: A Level (Exam Board: AQA Code: 7062)
 
At Key Stage 5 (Year 13), students study the AQA syllabus which covers the philosophy and ethics of religion. Students must achieve at least a B grade at GCSE English to take up the subject at A level as the course requires students to carry out independent research, read and make notes on various texts and write essay style answers.
 
Philosophy – topics studied in Year 13
  •  
  • Religious language
  • Religious experience
  • Miracles
  • Attributes of God
  • Life and death
Ethics – topics studied in Year 13
 
  • Meta ethics
  • Free will and determinism
  • Conscience
  • Virtue ethics
  • Applied ethics
  • The dialogue between religion and ethics
Curriculum area staff
 
Miss A Esland (Curriculum Leader - Humanities)
Ms S Tullett
Miss J Perry
Ms E Ewuze
 

Homework and Assignments

Key Stage 3 - Approximately 30 minutes per week/one hour per fortnight
Key Stage 4 -  Approximately one hour per week
Key Stage 5 – Three to five hours per week
 

Past Examination Results

GCSE Summer 2016 (as a core subject for whole year group) - 19% A*-A, 72% A*- C, 100% A-G
 
A Level Summer 2016 - 75% A-B, 100% A*- C
 

Useful Websites and Resources: Key Stages 4 and 5 

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/rs/specifications/AQA-8062-SP-2016.PDF

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/rs/specifications/AQA-7061-SP-2016-V1-0.PDF