Philosophy & Ethics

Key Stage 3

All students work and progress through a Philosophy & Ethics course in line with the Walsall Local Agreed Syllabus for RE 2010. This includes the new non-statutory national framework for RE, published by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority. The department is based in room 67, 141 and 142 and offers all students the opportunity to extend their knowledge, understanding and skills in learning about, and from, the many religions represented in Great Britain. The Key Stage 3 course follows on from what has been taught in the primary school. We focus on a thematic study of religion and cover a range of issues. Philosophy & Ethics is used as a tool to help your child understand why people act in the way that they do and believe what they do. Philosophy & Ethics promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural and social development of students by giving them the space to think about their role in an ever-increasing multi-cultural society.


Key Stage 4

What will I study?

You will study two components for your GCSE in Philosophy and Ethics:

  • A study of two religions focussing on their beliefs, teachings and practises.
  • Religion, philosophy and ethics in the modern world.

Philosophy and Ethics GCSE will help to you to:

  • Develop knowledge and understanding of religions and non-religious belief.
  • Teach you the ability to construct well argued, well-informed, balanced and structured written arguments.
  • Engage with questions of belief, value, meaning, purpose, truth, and their influence on human life.
  • Reflect on and develop their own values, beliefs and attitudes in the light of what they have learnt.
  • Understand the influence of religion on individuals, communities and societies.


What can this course lead to?

A qualification in Philosophy and Ethics is especially useful in professions such a nursing, police, teaching, law,  social work and more. Philosophy and Ethics deals with relevant real life topics that help students gain a wider understanding of the world we live in. A  GCSE in Philosophy and Ethics will also lay the foundation for the study of AS/ A level.


How will this course be assessed? 

100% exam.