Ethics forms a core part of our curriculum.  It gives all students the opportunity to explore accepted behaviour and world views within society. It comprises two subject areas: Religious Studies and Skills for Life (S4L).  All students follow both subjects throughout their time at school.

Religious Studies/ Philosophy and Ethics

Through the study of religion and world views students gain a greater understanding of their own beliefs, and those of others. The skills, knowledge and understanding acquired are transferable, and the qualification is vital foundation for those considering a career in social services, local government, emergency services, healthcare, counselling, armed forces, diplomatic service, local or national government, teaching and religious occupations. Philosophy & Ethics is a popular and successful subject at Sixth Form College and a number of our students have gone on to study theology at university. 

All students will take the AQA Religious Studies GCSE. 

Students explore issues of Christian Belief and Practice, Muslim Belief and Practice and four themes, understanding Relationships and Families; Religion and Life; Religion, Peace and Conflict; and Religion, Crime and Punishment.

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Skills for Life/ PSHE/ Citizenship

This is a non-examined course. At Key Stage four this is delivered through the Philosophy and Ethics lessons. It includes the statutory elements of personal, social, health and citizenship education.  This gives students an opportunity to discuss and learn about important ‘life’ issues that are not necessarily covered by their GCSE subjects and without the constraints of examinations. [Citizenship is also delivered through a cross-curricular approach.]  We are also able to address issues that are current.  When addressing these issues we will often take the opportunity to invite outside agencies in to speak with our students in order to supplement their learning.

Modules include

  • Careers: career paths and further education choices
  • Anti-Bullying
  • Mental Health and well being
  • Sex and Relationships
  • Drugs and Alcohol education
  • Community action
  • Heart Start
  • Financial Wellbeing
  • Politics
  • Law and Justice
  • British Values
  • Global citizenship

Curriculum Overview: Ethics

 Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

Year 7

POS 1 - Does religion help people to be good.
POS 2 - Why do some people think Jesus is inspirational.
POS 3 - Should happiness be the purpose of life. 

Year 8

POS 1 - Why is there suffering
POS 2 - Peace and conflict
POS 3 - Is death the end

Year 9

Students begin their GCSE course in Year 9.

Students will look at Beliefs and teachings in Christianity and Islam.  They will also study Christian practices.

 Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

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Students continue their study of the GCSE course.  They study Muslim practices.  When they have the beliefs and teachings of two religions completed they move on to study the four themes of understanding Relationships and Families; Religion and Life; Religion, Peace and Conflict; and Religion, Crime and Punishment. 

Curriculum Information

GCSE AQA Religious Studies Specification A

Additional Information

All revision materials are available on the L drive in the Ethics folder.

A revision guide and revision workbook is available from the school shop.

AQA – Religious Studies GCSE Specification A ISBN: 978-1-471-86685-2

Students may use BBC Bitesize and Seneca to support their revision efforts.