Philosophy and Ethics

This subject offers a fascinating insight into different cultures, practices and ways of thinking to help understand the world we live in. It is a chance for everyone to express their own views on ethical issues such as the death penalty, is religion dangerous, evil and suffering and, poverty in a safe environment. It further allows students to attempt to answer the big questions in life such as; ‘what is the purpose of life’ and also explores the world we live in.

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Key Stage 3

Year 7 

  • Ultimate Questions
  • Hinduism
  • Charity
  • Islam

Year 8 

  • Earth and life issues
  • Law and Justice 
  • Judaism
  • Holocaust
  • Is religion dangerous?

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, students study more philosophical and ethical issues such as: medical ethics, relationships and the nature of good and evil. GCSE Philosophy and Ethics encourages students to develop their evaluative and analytical skills essential for success in higher education – which is why the subject is seen as a classic. Lessons provide regular opportunities for students to discuss and debate their viewpoints and the views of others, and develop an awareness and understanding of moral and spiritual beliefs.

Year 9 - A foundational year to Key Stage 4

  • Human Rights
  • Medical Ethics
  • Crime and punishment
  • Extended Project
  • Alternative Religions

GCSE (Exam Board: AQA Spec A: Code 8062)  100% exam

Component 1: The Study of religions: Beliefs, Teachings and Practices

  1.  Christianity
  2.  Islam

Component 2: Thematic Studies

  • Religion, Peace and Conflict
  • Religion and Life. 
  • Religion, Crime and Punishment
  • The existence of God and Revelation

Key Stage 5

At Key Stage 5, students study the AQA syllabus (7062)  which covers; philosophy, ethics and religion in the 21st Century. 

Paper 1: Philosophy

  • Arguments for the existence of God
  • Evil and Suffering
  • Religious Experience 
  • Religious language
  • Religious experience
  • Miracles
  • Attributes of God
  • Life and death

Paper 1: Ethics 

  • Normative Ethical Theories
  • Issues of Human life and Death
  • Issues of Animal life and Death
  • Meta ethics
  • Free will and determinism
  • Conscience
  • Virtue ethics
  • Applied ethics

Paper 2: Christianity

  • Sources of Wisdom and Authority
  • God and Ultimate Reality
  • Life after Death
  • Key Moral Principles
  • Religious Identity
  • Religion and secularisation
  • Religious pluralism
  • Religion and Science
  • The dialogues between Christianity, Philosophy and Ethics. 

Department Staff

Miss J Perry - ACL Humanities, Head of Social Science
Mr J Monis - social science teacher

Useful Websites

Subject Documents Date  
Philosophy and Ethics The Misbourne Curriculum Map 18th Sep 2019 Download