Philosophy, Religion and Ethics

Philosophy, Religion and Ethics (PRE) allows students to explore the beliefs and practices of the six major religions in order to understand the unique values that are held. The PRE learning equips students with a sense of empathy and respect that will stay with them beyond the classroom. In their learning journey, students will gain skills that are highly transferrable to accommodate their development while in school and beyond. This subject allows students to develop their own identity while also allowing them to critically analyse their place in the world as global citizens. 

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Key Stage 3

Year 7 

  • Ultimate Questions
  • Hinduism
  • Charity
  • Islam

Year 8 

  • Earth and life issues
  • Law and Justice 
  • Judaism
  • 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, Religion 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
  • Alternative Beliefs
  • Charity
  • Values and Ethics
  • Medical Ethics
  • Existence of God and Revelation

GCSE Religious Studies (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 Religious Studies 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

Mr J Monis - Curriculum Leader of Philosophy, Religion and Ethics

Miss Bartington

Mr Dumpleton

Mr Griffiths

Miss Loxley

Mr Worth


Useful Websites

Subject Documents Date  
Philosophy, Religion and Ethics Curriculum Map 06th Sep 2021 Download