The ethics department include the following subjects: religious studies, PSHE and citizenship
The ethics curriculum provides an excellent opportunity for students to develop their social, moral and cultural and ideas and understanding. Much emphasis is placed on students' personal development, helping them to understand the multi-cultural and multi-faith world they live in and their own place in that world. The department also focuses on students’ personal and economic wellbeing. Students have an opportunity to do this through groups and class discussion of topical ethical and moral issues, often issues that are newsworthy, enabling and encouraging students to stay abreast of current affairs. Students are encouraged to develop both their oracy in addition to their written skills; both are equally valued. Success in ethics is dependent on students’ ability to understand, analyse and evaluate the world around them. Students may approach ethics from an atheist, agnostic or theist background however, success in the subject is dependent on ability to understand, analyse and evaluate, rather than on personal beliefs.
Year 7 and 8
In lower school students are taught a range of topics that from religious studies, PSHE and citizenship. The lower school curriculum has recently been designed to support the new GCSE specifications, to ensure that students have a high level of religious literacy to enable them to be able to have good academic discussion and debate about both religious and ethical topics.
- The Big Story: Creation Story and Life of Jesus
- Islam – key beliefs and the Five Pillars
- Life after Death
- Inspirational People
- Existence of God
- Human Rights
- Crime and Punishment
All students take the GCSE Religious Studies from the AQA exam board. All students start this in Y9. Student have 2 lessons per week in Y9 and 1 in Y10 and 1 in Y11. As of next year this will change and students will have 2 lessons in both Y9 and Y10 and will take the exam at the end of Y10.and take the exam at the end of Y10.
Students follow the AQA specification GCSE Religious Studies A. This specification follows the principles of the ethics departments and allows students to look at topical issues from both their own personal perspective and a religious perspective. The specification is made of two papers: Paper 1 covers Christian and Muslim beliefs, teachings and practices and paper 2 covers ethics issues (thematic studies).
Paper 1: Beliefs, teachings and practices
- Christian beliefs and teachings
- Christian practices
- Muslim beliefs, teachings and practices
- Muslim practices
Paper 2: Thematic Studies
- Theme A: Relationships and Family
- Theme B: Religion and Life
- Theme D: Peace and Conflict
- Theme E: Crime and Punishment