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Philosophy & Ethics

Overview of KS3: Philosophy & Ethics

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

  • Beliefs about the Soul (including near death experiences, beliefs about the after-life, and theological studies focussing on Dante’s Inferno)
  • Matters of Life and Death (including issues surrounding abortion, euthanasia and medical ethics)
  • Religion and society, (including the changing role of religion in the world today)
  • Reasons for conflict and extremism
  • Big Questions’ which seek to explain society’s fascination with miracles, the paranormal, and conspiracy theory

Overview of KS4: Philosophy & Ethics

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

  • Ultimate Questions (Including Design & Causation philosophical theories)
  • Matters of Life & Death (Including abortion and euthanasia debates)
  • Marriage & Family Life (Including religious debates surrounding contraception, marriage and sexuality)
  • Community Cohesion (including racial harmony and multi-faith societies)

Paper 2 – Students will study

  • Rights and Responsibilities (including morality, situation ethics and medical and environmental ethics)
  • Crime and Law
  • Peace Conflict and Religion

Philosophy & Ethics Visits

At GCSE, students learn a variety of different beliefs and philosophies, including Humanism, Christianity, Islam and Renaissance Philosophy. To help students prepare for their exams we organise trips to bring the theory to life. This helps students see how philosophical and ethical theory applies to people in the real world.

 

 

In Y11 students visited the Medina Mosque, Sheffield in order to see first hand how Muslims practise their faith. Y11 students also participated in Rotherham’s Harms of Hate Conference at Magna, in which students heard from people who have been affected by religious prejudice and victims of extremism.

SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social, and Cultural)

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.

Homework

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.


Philosophy & Ethics Staff


Mr C Darler
Director of Student Development


Mr J Picton
Teacher of Subjects: Philosophy


Exam Board

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Revision Sites




Y9 Options Pathway

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Reminder: Y6 Transition Evening for prospective students - Wednesday 18th September 5pm & 6pm