Philosophy & Ethics

Philosophy & Ethics

Head of Department – Mrs S. Godfrey

Examination Board: Eduqas – Religious Studies

GCSE Religious Studies offers an academic qualification recognised by universities and employers. For those interested in working with people, especially in Law, Journalism, Medicine, Teaching and Personnel Management, Religious Studies offers an opportunity to explore the major beliefs and social/moral problems of our time.

Important and sometimes quite sensitive issues will be addressed providing pupils with an opportunity for personal growth and development.

Many employers value the flexibility of thought and the capacity of marshalling arguments in a coherent and compelling manner which the study of RS fosters. The syllabus is designed to be accessible to persons of any religious tradition, or none.


GCSE Religious Studies should encourage students to be inspired, moved and changed by following a broad, satisfying and worthwhile course of study that challenges them and equips them to lead constructive lives in the modern world.

The course must enable students to:

  • adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of religion;
  • explore religions and beliefs, reflect on fundamental questions, engage with them intellectually and respond personally;
  • enhance their spiritual and moral development, and contribute to their health and well being;
  • enhance their personal, social and cultural development, their understanding of different cultures locally, nationally and in the wider world and to contribute to social and community cohesion;
  • develop their interest in and enthusiasm for the study of religion, and relate it to the wider world;
  • reflect on and develop their own values, opinions and attitudes in light of their learning.


Students are expected to demonstrate the following in the context of the content described:

  • A01 Demonstrate Knowledge and understanding of religion and belief*, including: Belief, practices and sources of authority.

Influence aon individuals, communities and societies.

Similarities and differences within and/or between religions and belief.

  • A02 Analyse and evaluate aspects of religion and belief*, Including their significance and influence.

*The term belief’ includes religous and non-religous beliefs as appropiate to the subject content requirements.


Component 1: Religious, Philosophical and Ethical Studies in the modern world.

  • 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

Component 2: A Study of Christianity Beliefs, Teachings and Practices

  • Good and Evil
  • Religion, reason and revelation
  • Religion and science

Unit B603: Ethics 1 (Relationships, Medical Ethics, Poverty and Wealth)

  • Religion and human relationships
  • Religion and medical ethics
  • Religion , poverty and wealth

Unit B604: Ethics 2 (Peace and Justice, Equality, Media) Religion, peace and justice

  • Religion and equality
  • Religion and the media

In Years 10 and 11 the PSHE programme is predominantly taught through the Religious Studies – Philosophy and Applied Ethics full course GCSE. It is also supported by other GCSE subjects and enhanced by a series of ‘Enrichment Days’.

These days provide opportunities for learning about:

personal development, by raising awareness of social issues;
community responsibilities and citizenship issues;
relationships with others (within a moral framework);
healthy living;
careers education and guidance;
The objectives of these dedicated days are to heighten self-awareness through the development of social, decision-making and study skills.

Teaching methods are varied and many outside speakers are involved.

Key Stage 3 Philosophy and Applied Ethics