Religion, Philosophy & Ethics

Department vision

Everyone has beliefs. Even the person who says, 'I don't believe in anything." The study of religion is for everyone, whether religious or not, and is always carried out in a non-doctrinal and open way. There is no preaching in this study and no particular creed is ever recommended. Rather students are expected to develop the ability to listen and learn from others and show respect and empathy for the views and life styles of others. The world is becoming a smaller place with worldwide travel, business and the use of the Internet and Britain is now a multi-cultural society under global influence. Understanding other cultures is vital for modern life and social cohesion.

Year 7

 

Topic 

Learning Outcomes 

Term 1  

What are Sikh beliefs about God? 

To investigate key beliefs and practices in Sikhism and analyse the impact these have on a Sikhs life in Britain today. 

Term 2   

Who was Jesus Christ? 

To understand Christian beliefs about Jesus Christ as he is presented in the Gospels and to consider the influence Jesus’ example and teaching has on believers today. 

Term 3   

How important is tradition for Jews? 

To explore the traditions and religious practices within Judaism and to consider how history and ancestry impacts the Jewish way of life. 

Term 4 

What does it mean to be Christian? 

To examine ways in which Christians put their faith into action through worship and sacraments. 

Term 5 

What are Hindu beliefs about God and the afterlife? 

To compare Hindu ideas about God, worship and life after death with alternative religious beliefs.  

Term 6 

Faith in Action  

To investigate how individual Christian put faith into action by looking at the lives of Mother Teresa and MLK Jr. 

Year 8

 

Topic 

Learning Outcomes 

Term 1   

Do we need to prove the existence of God? 

To examine philosophical questions about God’s existence and evaluate whether there are good reasons for belief in God or not. 

Term 2   

Morality and ethical questions 

To investigate where our sense of right and wrong comes from and how religious and non-religious people approach ethical questions 

Term 3   

What are the teachings of the Buddha?  

To explore the life and journey of Prince Siddhartha Gautama and analyse the usefulness of the Buddha’s teaching. 

Term 4   

What are Humanists ideas about life and death?  

To understand what it means to be Humanist by examining secular ideas about the purpose of life and reality of death. 

Term 5 

How did Islam start?  

To investigate the life of Muhammad and to understand the importance of rituals and ceremonies in Islam. 

Term 6 

Influential religious figures  

To explore and analyse the lives of influential religious figures, including; Malala Yousafzai and Malcom X. 

Year 9

 

Topic 

Learning Outcomes 

Terms 1-3 

Practices in Islam  

To understand how and why Muslims perform the Pillars and celebrate festivals. To become confident in answering GCSE style questions by explaining and analysing the practices with reference to Islamic scripture and Arabic terminology. 

Terms 3-6 

Beliefs and Teachings in Islam  

To understand the key beliefs about God, Prophets, angels and life after death in Islam. To become confident in answering GCSE questions by explaining and analysing beliefs and teachings with reference to Islamic scripture and Arabic terminology. 

Years 10 & 11

Year 10

 

Topic 

Learning Outcomes 

Terms

1-2 

Beliefs and Teachings in Christianity 

To understand key Christian teachings and beliefs about God, life after death and Jesus’ Last Days. To demonstrate an improved ability in answering GCSE style questions by explaining and analysing beliefs and teachings with reference to Biblical scripture and key terminology. 

Terms 

3-4 

Practices in Christianity  

To understand how and why Christians perform worship and sacraments and celebrate festivals. To demonstrate an improved ability in answering GCSE style questions by explaining and analysing the practices with reference to Biblical scripture and key terminology. 

Terms

5-6 

Religion, Crime and Punishment  

To explore religious and non-religious perspectives about issues relating to crime and punishment (including forgiveness, forms of punishment and the death penalty) and to analyse ethical implications for individuals as well as wider society. Continue to demonstrate ability in applying religious teachings and scripture to the crime and punishment themes. 

Year 11

 

Topic 

Learning Outcomes 

Terms

1-2 

Revelation and the existence of God  

To examine and evaluate philosophical arguments for the existence of God and the nature of the divine and revelation. To demonstrate expert ability in applying religious teachings and terminology to ideas about revelation, enlightenment and philosophical arguments. 

Terms

3-4 

Religion and Life  

To examine and evaluate religious and non-religious ideas about the origins of the world and humanity. To explore ethical arguments surroundings life and death issues, including, abortion, euthanasia and animal experimentation. To demonstrate expert ability in applying religious teachings and terminology to ideas about creation and ethical life issues. 

Terms

5-6 

Relationships and Families  

To examine and evaluate religious and non-religious attitudes towards the purpose of relationships and families and beliefs about gender roles and equality. To demonstrate expert ability in applying religious teachings and terminology to a range of ideas and beliefs about family, relationships and gender. 

Post 16 at WG6

The RPE department is part of the Social Science Faculty at WGSG. The Social Science department offers four A Levels which have all proven to be some of the most popular A Levels in the school. They are:

  • Religion, Philosophy and Ethics A Level

  • Business Studies A Level

  • Psychology A Level

  • Sociology A Level

  • Health and Social Care A Level

Related Careers

RS, Philosophy and Ethics develops skills of evaluation and analysis which are applicable to almost any walk of life. It is not just about what others think; it is about learning to think for yourself. According to AGCAS – the association of Graduate Careers Advisory Service, RS/Theology graduates go into a wide range of careers. However, they, and employers, feel that it particularly prepares students for the following careers:

  • Law

  • Social Worker

  • Teaching

  • Journalism

  • Politics

  • Financial Services

  • Hospitality

  • Human Resources

  • Community Work