Religion, Philosopy & Ethics

Welcome to the Religion, Philosophy and Ethics department

Religion, Philosophy and Ethics provides a ‘positive contribution to pupils Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development and Community Cohesion’

(Ofsted, “Transforming Religious Education”)


To provide students with an understanding of the religious diversity of British culture and beliefs.  We live in a multi-faith society and as part of a global community and in Religious Studies we learn to explore, enjoy and share our own and others beliefs and ask fundamental questions about life.  All students have 1 hour per week of Religion, Philosophy and Ethics from Years 7-8.

‘’What sort of a world can we prepare for our great-grandchildren?’, Richard Rorty. 20th Century Philosopher.


In Key Stage 3 Religion, Philosophy and Society we follow the Surrey Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. This includes units on the six major world religions of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism. We also look at how people respond to moral issues and what theories we use to approach these issues.

What topics will I study in Years 7 and 8?

Year 7

In Year 7 students examine the importance of home and tradition in Judaism, question the nature of Jesus, explore the history of the early Church, reflect upon the five pillars of Islam, discuss community life in Sikhism and ask philosophical questions about the right way to life.

Year 8

In Year 8 students look at heroism in religion and society, evaluate the importance of community in Judaism, consider Hindu beliefs about life and the afterlife, ask philosophical questions about the nature of reality, understand Christian uses of the Bible and examine the debates between religion and science.

Can I study this subject at KS4? (Year 9, 10 & 11 – GCSE)

Students study the GCSE Full course in Religious Studies as part of their core curriculum in Year 9 and KS4.

What careers might this lead to?

Teaching, law, business, local government, social or youth worker, emergency services, NHS, management, HR, ministry, journalism, charity worker.

Useful websites

BBC – Introduction to Religion

True Tube

Christianity – Asking the Big Questions