Students begin the Philosophy & Ethics course in Year 9. The course covers a variety of moral and ethical topics, as well as different ways of interpreting issues. Students learn about some philosophical and religious theory in order to understand different perspectives.
The Course Covers
The GCSE Philosophy and Ethics course is a full GCSE studied over 2 years. The course comprises of 8 units which are examined in 2 papers taken by students at the end of Y11. The examination makes up 100% of the marks. There is no coursework.
Paper 1 – Students will study
Paper 2 – Students will study
Students begin the Philosophy & Ethics course in Year 9. The course covers a variety of moral and ethical topics, as well as different ways of interpreting issues. Students learn about some philosophical and religious theory in order to understand different perspectives, including their own opinion.
The course also encourages students to consider their own beliefs about their place in the world, and develops important skills such as debating and comparing different theories and points of view in order to better understand national and international disputes including war and conflict and change in society.
Students also learn about the influence of religion and philosophy on societal issues such as marriage, sexuality, race relations and scientific developments, including genetic engineering, organ transplants and abortion.
Philosophy and Ethics in Year 9 is designed as a foundation course for the GCSE, in which students not only learn how to develop and express their own ideas, but also articulate and analyse a range of different philosophies and viewpoints. Philosophy assessments therefore provide a basis for the skills needed at GCSE including developing essay writing, research and reflective written pieces. Assessments are either essays or exam style exams based on the topics taught which follow the format and question style of GCSE.
At GCSE homework tasks are primarily revision based, in order to prepare students for unit tests and ultimately for the two final GCSE papers at the end of Y11.