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.

Year 9 - Mixes the philosophical with the ethical and pupils begin by considering slavery in the modern age. This is followed in the Spring Term with a unit of work examining the relationship between Science and Religion when considering the origins of our universe. The final unit in Key Stage 3 asks pupils to consider what we mean by ‘good’ and ‘evil’ and whether these exist naturally or are constructs of the human psyche.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum Outline

Our GCSE pupils follow OCR’s Religious Studies GCSE Philosophy and Applied Ethics course, which aims to give young people the opportunity to identify, investigate and respond to fundamental questions of life raised by religion and human experience. It is designed to encourage young people to be inspired, moved and changed by following a broad, satisfying and worthwhile course of study that both challenges and equips them to lead constructive lives in the modern world. 

Young people will develop their skills of analysis and interpretation alongside five of the six key skills (communication, working with others, improving own learning and performance, problem solving and IT).

Pupils’ learning in Year 10 and Year 11 comprises four units made up of eight topic areas:

  • Philosophy Unit 1 (Deity, End of Life)
  • Philosophy Unit 2 (Good and Evil, Religion and Science)
  • Ethics Unit 1 (Human Relationships, Medical Ethics)
  • Ethics Unit 2 (Peace and Justice, Equality)

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."