GCSE Philosophy and Ethics

Why Philosophy and Ethics

Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of one western and one eastern religion and non-religious belief such as atheism and humanism. The will learn to construct well argued, well informed, balanced and structured arguments. Students can engage with questions of belief, value, meaning and purpose and their influence on human life. This course prepares students for adult life in a pluralistic society and global community,

The course offers the diversity of responses to the following: Peace and conflict. The origins of the universe, stewardship, environmental responsibility and sustainability. The sanctity of life, attitudes towards abortion and euthanasia and life after death. Crime and punishment, forgiveness and good, evil and suffering.

Assessment: 
The GCSE full course is made up of all three components across the two years with two exams (1 hour 45 mins each) at the end of Year 11.
Paper 1 (50% of qualification) - Religious, Philosophical and Ethical Studies int he Modern World.Paper 2 Christianity (25% and one other world religion (25%).


“It interests me and helps me to learn about what other people think and believe. Philosophy and Ethics allows you to have open discussions which are good fun. It also teaches valuable skills which universities and employers like.”

“It gives you an opportunity to go where a normal Monday morning wouldn’t take you. It opens discussions and deep thought thinking trails. It develops you personally and academically and is humorous and fun. It considers moral issues and different responses to them.”