RE, Philosophy & Ethics
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Religion, Philosophy and Ethics
In Religion, Philosophy and Ethics (RPE) we encourage students to seek the truth. Our subject asks fundamental questions about life. It exposes students to the ideas of the greatest thinkers our world has ever known. It allows students to become more aware of contemporary ethical issues such as poverty, prejudice, and sexuality. We promote tolerance and understanding among people of a variety of faiths and those who have none.
KS3 Religion, Philosophy and Ethics
At KS3 we build the foundations of knowledge of the six major World Religions: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Sikhism, Hinduism and Buddhism. We do this through thematic Schemes of Work such as Relationships, Wealth and Poverty, Environmental Issues and Life after Death. We also incorporate other belief systems: Humanism, Atheism, Native American, Aboriginal and Pagan. By Year 9 students are well versed in being able to express their own views and also appreciating and expressing others points of view. We have an emphasis also on Critical Thinking, and aim to teach students to construct good arguments, analyse sources of evidence and think about different kinds of truth.
KS4 Religion, Philosophy and Ethics
All KS4 students have core RPE lessons throughout Year 10 and 11, which focusses on developing wider awareness of ethical issues and different religious responses to this. In addition students can take an option to study a Full Course GCSE in Religious Studies. This is OCR, Religious Studies, Option B: Philosophy and Ethics. Students study a variety of Philosophical and Ethical topics such as Arguments for the existence of God, Good and Evil, Medical Ethics, Wealth and Poverty, and War Peace and Justice. The course is assessed by 100% exam, and there is no coursework.
KS5 Philosophy and Ethics
We offer an AS and A2 in Philosophy and Ethics. At AS students study Ancient Greek and Judaeo-Christian influences on philosophy of religion, and traditional arguments about the existence of God. They study ethical theories: Natural Law, Kantian Ethics, Utilitarianism, and Christian Ethics and apply these to the issues of abortion, euthanasia, genetic engineering and war. At A2 students study religious and ethical language, religious experience and the nature of God. They also look at free will and determinism, the conscience, environmental and business ethics and sexual ethics.