Religious Studies and Philosophy Curriculum

RE/Philosophy runs in the following year groups. Click on the links below to jump to a particular course:

 

Year 9 Religious Studies

Autumn Term
Students will study 2 topics – Life after Death and Crime & Punishment. In both topics the focus will be to develop their skill in making judgements based on evidence and arguments.

Spring Term
This term they will study Animal Ethics and An Introduction to Philosophy.

Summer Term
During the final half term of Year 9, students investigate the way Jesus is portrayed in various forms of the media and then present their ideas in groups to the rest of the class.

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Year 10 Religious Studies

Autumn Term
Students will complete the first topic of the Religion & Life unit they started in the Summer term before moving onto topic 2 – Matter of Life & Death.

Spring Term
Students will study topics 3 & 4, Marriage & Family Life and Community Cohesion.

Summer Term
Students will complete the Religion & Life topics before a two week revision programme prior to sitting their Year 10 exam. They will then begin the first topic from the Religion & Society unit – Rights & Responsibilities.

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Year 11 Religious Studies

Autumn Term
Students will continue with the Rights & Responsibilities topic and then begin the Environment & Medical Issues topic. This term they will visit a mosque.

Spring Term
Students will study 2 topics during this term – Peace & Conflict and Crime & Punishment. They will sit a mock exam during this term.

Summer Term
Finally, students will follow a structured revision programme focusing on exam question skills as well and course content prior to sitting their external examinations.

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Year 12 Philosophy (exam board: AQA)

Autumn Term
Students will be introduced to the key skills required for philosophical study including the type and structure of arguments and what makes a strong/weak argument. They will begin study of the two key topics at AS level – Theory of Knowledge (theories of perception) and Philosophy of Religion (defining God and arguments for theism).

Spring Term
Students will develop their skills further focusing on the tripartite theory of knowledge, empiricism & rationalism, the problem of evil and religious language.

Summer Term
Students will follow a revision programme tailored to their individual strengths/areas for improvement prior to taking external examinations.

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Year 13 Philosophy

Autumn Term
Students will begin study on the two A2 units – Ethics and Philosophy of Mind.

In Ethics they will cover three normative theories: Utilitarianism, Kantian Deontology and Virtue Ethics. In Philosophy of Mind they will study Dualistic theories of the relationship between the mind and the body including substance and property dualism.

Spring Term
In Ethics they will study the application of the theories to various ethical problems including crime & punishment, war and the treatment of animals. They will then study meta-ethics, looking at cognitivist & non-cognitivist theories of ethical language.
In Philosophy of Mind students will study materialist theories of mind including identity theory, functionalism and eliminative materialism.

Summer Term
In the final term, students will be completing topics from the previous term before embarking on a revision program in preparation for their final exam.

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