Philosophy encourages student’s curiosity and appreciation of the diverse world around them. Through rigorous investigation and debate, student will develop the confidence to challenge the views of others and articulate their own arguments on world issues such as wealth and poverty, the nature of faith, and medical ethics.  The study of Philosophy creates students who are inquisitive, resilient members of society, who are prepared for life in the 21st century, making the subject very desirable for employers and further education.

At key stage 3, students will answer 1 enquiry question per term. They will investigate many different answers (religious and non religious)  to that question, before being able to create their own reasoned judgements as part of their assessment. The focus skills of assessments will be ; knowledge and understanding, analysis and interpretation and reasoning and evaluation.

Autumn Spring Summer
Year 7 Why do people believe in God? Why is Abraham important? : The foundations of Judaism, Christianity & Islam Why is equality important to Sikhs?
Year 8 What is Islam? Was Jesus more than a rebel of his time? Is Buddhism compatible with modern life?
Year 9 Is life sacred? A study of Hindu & Jewish views on the value of life. How does religion respond to conflict? : A study of Christianity & Islam Is religion relevant to our society?

If students choose Philosophy as one of their GCSE options they will complete a study of the AQA GCSE Religious Studies Specification.

This comprises of two parts-one part will involve a detailed study of the beliefs and practices of Christianity and Islam. The other aspect involves applying the above to a range of thematic studies-such as medical ethics, just war theory, debates about the existence of God.

In KS3 our students are formally assessed using an end of unit test at the end of each term’s topic of study which is logged onto G4S.

In KS4, in addition to the above, students will sit one mock exam in the Spring term of Year 10 and one in the Autumn term of Year 11.

Key Stage 4 Courses

If students choose Philosophy as one of their GCSE options they will complete a study of the AQA GCSE Religious Studies Specification.

This comprises of two papers; Paper 1  will involve a detailed study of the beliefs and practices of Christianity and Islam. Paper 2  involves applying this knowledge to a range of thematic studies-such as crime and punishment, medical ethics, social justice and the nature of relationships. Students will be assessed using exam criteria throughout the topic and will sit an end of unit paper at the end of each topic.

Details of this course is available from the linked resources on this page.