You are here

Philosophy & Ethics

Course description 

KS3 and KS4

Philosophy and Ethics is interwoven  into the ‘Learning for Life’ area of the curriculum throughout the year.  In the summer term, some time is spent specifically on this area.  See ‘Learning for Life’.


Studying Philosophy and Ethics at GCSE level will encourage learners to:

  • develop knowledge and understanding of religions and non-religious beliefs, such as atheism and humanism
  • develop knowledge and understanding of religious beliefs, teachings and sources of wisdom and authority, including through their reading of key religious texts, other texts, and scriptures of the religions they are studying
  • develop the ability to construct well-argued, well-informed, balanced and structured written arguments, demonstrating their depth and breadth of understanding of the subject
  • 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 and contribute to their preparation for adult life in a pluralistic society and global community
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of two religions
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key sources of wisdom and authority including scripture and/or sacred texts, where appropriate, which support contemporary religious faith
  • understand the influence of religion on individuals, communities and societies
  • understand significant common and divergent views within religions and beliefs
  • apply knowledge and understanding in order to analyse questions related to religious beliefs and values
  • construct well-informed and balanced arguments on matters concerned with religious beliefs and values.
Key Stage 4 

The GCSE Philosophy and Ethics course studied is OCR J625.

This is a two year course with 100% assessment at the end of the course.  There are two components.

Component 1 - Beliefs and Teachings and Practices.

Learners are required to study two religions, including Christianity.

Component 2 - Religion, Philosophy and Ethics in the Modern World From a Religious Perspective.

Learners are required to study this component from the perspective of Christianity.  Themes to be studied are:

  • Relationships and families
  • The existence of God, gods and the ultimate reality
  • Religion, peace and conflict
  • Dialogue between religious and non-religious beliefs and attitudes.