Religion, Philosopy & Ethics

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Curriculum Information for Key Stage 3 students


Welcome to the Religion, Philosophy and Ethics department


To develop a critical understanding of World Religions and non-religious views.



Introduce the main beliefs, practices and divisions of World Religions (Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism – a particular specialism on Buddhism at GCSE) – and non-religious views, for example, humanism as well as explore contemporary ethical and global issues. Students begin their GCSE studies in Year 9 and sit their exam at the end of Year 10.


What topics will I study in KS3 (years 7 and 8):

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Can I study this at KS4?    

RPE is a core subject and is studied at KS4.


Are there any enrichment opportunities in school?

The department regularly invite speakers.  In addition, there is the opportunity to go on a Humanities trip to Amsterdam in Year 8, exploring the history and geography from the experiences of the Dutch Jewish communities.


What could I do/read at home to help myself or where could I visit to help my learning?

Reading a good quality newspaper covers many of the religious issues and public debates arising in the classroom.

Visiting museums and sacred places when on holiday in the UK and abroad, showing a curiosity about people’s beliefs and practices.


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