Key Stage 3 Curriculum Outline

Our Key Stage 3 curriculum is planned to prepare pupils for work at GCSE level. Skills and knowledge required to be successful in this are taught through a range of topics, which include areas requested through pupil voice.

Year 7 - Pupils consider the concept of ‘God’ and what this means for people of different faiths, as well as those with no faith. This is developed by examining different ways in which people express faith through worship – both religious and secular. The year concludes with a study of humans’ responsibility towards the planet and the notion of stewardship.

Year 8 - Our curriculum takes on a more ethical approach and pupils begin the year studying a unit entitled, ‘Monsters’. This considers the nature of what it means to be human in relation to monstrous creations such as Frankenstein’s monster, the Devil and the advancement of robotics and genetics. Year 8 culminates in a unit on Crime and Punishment – examining both the causes of crime and the range of consequences, as well as religious and secular responses to these.


Key Stage 4 Curriculum Outline

Our Philosophy and Ethics course begins with pupils studying some of the key beliefs that underpin Christianity. These include: the nature of God; Jesus’ life, death and resurrection; the origins of the universe; life after death and evil and suffering.

Year 11 (GCSE): Pupils in Year 11 will be starting their study of Islam. This comprises learning about the six articles of faith / six pillars of iman: Tawhid (the ‘oneness’ of God); Angels; Islamic Holy books; Prophets; The Day of Judgement and Predestination. We will be examining the historical context of these beliefs, as well as their impact on Muslims in Britain today.


Philosophy and Ethics doesn’t answer the big questions in life, but gives you the opportunity to learn about these big questions.”
— Mr Cawthraw

Future Opportunities and Pathways Post 16

Philosophy and Ethics is a great qualification for any job that involves working with people, for example; Doctor, Teacher, Shop worker or Solicitor. 

Philosophy and Ethics helps learners understand people and allows them to formulate their own beliefs and opinions, which they can discuss in an open environment. It also equips pupils with essay writing, research, explanation and justification skills – all of which are vital for further study at A Level or above.


Extra Curricular Opportunities

Homework / Study support drop in sessions – Monday, Tuesday and Thursday after the Academy day ends.

"Philosophy and Ethics helps learners understand people and allows them to formulate their own beliefs and opinions, which they can discuss in an open environment."