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Religious Studies Key Stage 3

In year 7 students develop the skill of knowledge which underpins the entire Religious Studies course from KS3-KS5 and beyond.  Students will study a thematic unit looking at the importance of holy books, before an in-depth unit on the life, work and last week in the life of Jesus.

In year 8 students go onto develop further the skill of understanding the importance of faith for those who follow one.  Year 8 commences with a study of a philosophical unit designed to get students thinking about their own faith and that of others-this is called ‘where is God?’.  Students then study Christian worship and look at an ‘ultimate question’ of their choice in order to develop research and presentation skills.

In year 9 students are becoming more aware of the need to evaluate ideas and look at a range of influential people of faith in the unit ‘faith in action’.  They then go on to study the popular topic ‘wicked’, looking at where evil and suffering originates from and different religious responses to these issues.  Students commence the GCSE short course after Easter and look at the topic ‘religion, peace and justice’ which covers issues of war and peace, social injustice and crime and punishment.


Religious Studies Key Stage 4

Exam Board: OCR

Specification: OCR Religious Studies: Philosophy and Ethics J621/J121

Religious Studies will enable you to study both the philosophical questions that Christianity tries to answer such as ‘is there life after death?’ and ‘does God exist?’ while also considering the ethical rights and wrongs in society today.


Philosophy B601: Belief about deity, religious and spiritual experience, end of life.

Philosophy B602:

Good and evil, reason and revelation, religion and science.

Ethics B603: Medical Ethics and Poverty and wealth.

Ethics B604: Religion, peace and justice and Religion and media.

The course is 100% examined-there is  no coursework.

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Religious Studies Key Stage 5

Philosophy and Ethics As and A level

Examination Board: OCR

Specification: H172/H572

Why study Philosophy and Ethics?

A Level Philosophy and Ethics enables students to develop their interest in and enthusiasm for a rigorous study of Philosophy and Ethics and relate it to the wider world.   It encourages students to adopt an enquiring mind, and to be critical in their thinking.  Students will also be able to reflect on and develop their own values, opinions and attitudes in light of their learning.

What will I learn about?

AS Unit 1 – Philosophy of Religion: Plato and Aristotle’s views on Cause and Purpose, the concept of God as Creator, The Goodness of God, The Ontological, Cosmological, Teleological and Moral Argument for the existence of God, the Problem of evil and Religion and science.

AS Unit 2 –Religious Ethics: Ethical theories of Natural Law, Kantian ethics, Utilitarianism, Christian ethics and how these ethical theories are applied to Abortion/ the right to a child, euthanasia, genetic engineering and war and peace.

A2 Unit 3 – Philosophy of Religion: Religious language, religious experience, Miracles, the Nature of God and Life and Death.

A2 Unit 4 – Religious Ethics: Meta Ethics, Free- will and determinism, the nature and role of conscience and virtue ethics as applied to environmental and business ethics and the environment.

How will I be assessed?

AS: Two written exams, one in philosophy and one in ethics both lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Counts towards 50% of the A-level

A2: Two written exams, one in philosophy and one in ethics both lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Counts as the other 50% of the A-level.

Future pathways/careers?

Philosophy and Ethics enables students to develop skills of analysis and evaluation as well as good communication skills, which will be essential for both higher education and a range of careers.

Careers, which are directly based on Philosophy and Ethics, include: Law, social work, education, medicine, administration, politics

Entry Requirements GCSE Bs in English and Religious Studies Philosophy and/or ethics

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