Philosophy and Ethics
"Be a free thinker and don't accept everything you hear as truth. Be critical and evaluate what you believe in"
Philosophy and Ethics does not teach religion: it teaches us about religion and aids us in learning from religion. It provides an intellectually exciting opportunity to explore the
mysteries of the world by critically examining the BIG ultimate questions: Where do we come from? What’s right and wrong? What happens when we die? Philosophy and Ethics plays a significant role in the social, moral, spiritual and cultural development of young people. The subject provides understanding of the social, historical and cultural context for religious and non religious beliefs and practices.
Philosophy and Ethics helps us to learn about shared and differing moral values in order to debate moral dilemmas. Individuals are invited to reflect on the views of others in order to
evaluate their own views, their own responsibilities in the world, and their own responsibilities towards future generations. The subject tackles extremist ideology, racism and other forms of discrimination, thereby promoting community cohesion.
Philosophy and Ethics is an inclusive forum that nurtures self-esteem and self- confidence. It encourages humanity to ask deep questions and explore possibilities rather than accepting the initial reality presented to us. Developing an understanding of our multicultural society supports all generations, including our future leaders, to be empathic, understanding and compassionate. Philosophy and Ethics is a highly regarded academic subject and opens many future doors – particularly in jobs involved in law or politics.
The Philosophy & Ethics Long Term Plan is available here
The Autumn Philosophy & Ethics Medium Term Plans for KS 3 are available by clicking on the Year groups below.
Miss L. Massey - Leader of Philosophy and Ethics
Miss L. Humbles - Teacher of Philosophy and Ethics/Sociology
Mrs K. Sheehan - Teacher of Health and Social Care
Further Information on Key Stage Four
GCSE students sit the WJEC Eduqas Route A pathway
The exam consists of 3 papers:
Component 1:Religious, Philosophical and Ethical Studies in the Modern World Written examination: 2 hours 50% of qualification Candidates will study the following four themes. All questions are compulsory.
Theme 1: Issues of Relationships
Theme 2: Issues of Life and Death
Theme 3: Issues of Good and Evil
Theme 4: Issues of Human Rights
This component will be assessed by compulsory questions focusing on knowledge, understanding and evaluation of the identified themes.
Component 2: Study of Christianity Written examination: 1 hour 25% of qualification Candidates will study the beliefs, teachings and practices of Christianity.
This component will be assessed by compulsory questions focussing on knowledge, understanding and evaluation of the subject content.
Component 3: Study of a World Faith Written examination: 1 hour 25% of qualification Candidates will study the beliefs, teachings and practices of Buddhism
Homework in Philosophy and Ethics:
KS3 students will be set one piece of homework every 4 lessons
GCSE students will be set one piece of homework every 3 lessons
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