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Core Philosophy, Religion and Ethics

Mathematics - Year 7

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Below you will find more specific information about the curriculum in Core Philosophy, Religion and Ethics for Year 10 and 11 students, explaining to you what students will learn, when, why and how. There is also information about how parents/carers are able to support students in their learning, extra-curricular opportunities in this subject and how it links to other subjects and the wider world.

While this information covers a broad range of areas, please do get in touch with the Subject Leader Mrs Wells if you have any questions.

Please click on the questions below to find out more.

How are groups organised?

Classes are mixed ability, randomly assigned.

What characteristics does a successful student have in this subject?

All Year 10 students will have one lesson per week on their timetable, students also have a booklet with interesting articles to read and questions to answer – this will be done during one morning registration with their form tutor.

Year 11 students are on a rotation and have x4 lessons with each teacher – 2 of those rotations are Philosophy modules.

What are the key concepts students will study at this level?

  • Religion, Peace and Conflict
  • Religion and Life
  • These units are taught with ethical and moral approaches and they consider both Christian and Muslim points of view

What will students learn at this level?

Year 10

Religion, Peace and Conflict:

  • Beliefs about war
  • Violence and terrorism
  • Nuclear War
  • Holy War
  • Just War
  • Jihad
  • Pacifism
  • Victims of War

Religion and Life:

  • Origins of the Universe
  • Stewardship
  • Environment
  • Animal Rights
  • Abortion
  • Euthanasia
  • Death and the Afterlife


Year 11

Religion and Multi-culture:

  • What does it mean to be British?
  • Extremism
  • Religion in a secular society

Religion and Human Rights:

  • Social Justice
  • Human Rights
  • Exploitation of People
  • Distribution of Wealth

What skills will students develop at this level?

  • Questioning
  • Communication skills
  • Empathy

How will students learn at this level?

  • Completing written and practical tasks
  • Discussion
  • Investigation of information

How will students’ learning be assessed at this level?

There is no assessment for Core Philosophy, however in Year 10 some of the skills need for answering exam questions are covered within the topics

When do key assessments take place?


How can parents/carers support students’ learning?

Encourage students to read/watch the news and pay attention to contemporary issues.

What equipment do students need for this subject?

Essential school equipment – students will be provided with an exercise book that will stay in school.

How does this subject link to other subjects?

The skills of investigation and communication can be transferred to all other lessons.

What websites or resources may be helpful to support students’ learning?


What extra-curricular or enrichment opportunities are available for students in this subject at this level?

There will be a Philosophy debating club one lunch time per week, students can attend to discuss contemporary issues.

What sort of careers can this subject lead to?


What does student work look like in this subject at this level?


How does this subject support a broad and balanced curriculum, meeting the needs of all students, and developing traditional core skills?


How does this subject promote creativity, critical thinking, practice, perseverance and resilience, and making links?


How does this subject encourage enrichment and the development of cultural capital, deep learning, and inclusivity?