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Ethics

The ethics department strives to develop students’ ability to form, explain and develop their own opinions and understanding of the world. The course covers a multitude of content from 3 subject areas, PSHE, citizenship and religious studies; this enables students to develop their opinions using a large range of belief systems and sources. Lessons are designed to enthuse learners through the engaging and relevant subject content; planned tasks and skills based learning. Students are given frequent differentiated feedback about their understanding of the topics studied and the skills they have acquired. The information gained from this is recorded and tracked on a termly basis. The department is well resourced and has specialist resources for relationships education, religious studies and citizenship. The course has also been recognized both locally and nationally for its excellence in comprising such a diverse and relevant curriculum.    

 

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Number of Lessons Taught Per Week: 1

Aims of the course:

Ethics is vital as a core provision for students. The subject enables students to express their opinions, question their opinions and listen to others’ opinions in a safe and secure environment. Students develop their abilities in speaking, listening, reading and writing that they will need to participate in society and employment. There is a particular focus on students’ ability to develop social skills including group work, verbal presentation and active participation in debate and discussion.

The ethics team works very closely with the college pastoral teams to ensure that topics relevant to the students’ needs are covered throughout Key Stage 3 as well as supporting other curriculum subjects, such as English, history, science and geography with an academic expectation thorough the investigation of personal belief, sources, practices, life choices and forms of personal expression.     

Opportunities for further study :

Ethics is a core subject that all students in KS3 take; there is opportunity to take study in ethics into a GCSE qualification through the Religious studies: Philosophy and applied ethics course. This is available both to Year 9 and Year 10 students at options evenings. The course is an excellent pathway into further study into sociology, psychology, philosophy and theology at A Level and university. The course its self is an academic course and we would recommend that students who do particularly well in core ethics should take the philosophy and applied ethics option.   

There are many projects that students can undertake during their time in Key Stage 3 these are subject specific research projects.

Key Stage Three is essentially a mandatory pathway to Key Stage Four, where students will undertake their GCSEs. In order to access the material in Key Stage Four at the minimum G grade level, students will need to achieve a wide range of writing abilities by the end of Year 9.

Website links for resources:

BBC News

BBC GCSE Bitesize

Childline Bullying

Thinkuknow

CEOP Police

 

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Qualification: GCSE

Examination Board: Edexcel

Specification Code: GCSE (9-1) Religious Studies B 1RBO

Number of Lessons Taught Per Week: 3

 

Aims of the course: 

RS: Ethics is a broad course which aims to challenge young people and equip them to lead constructive lives in the modern world.

Pupils will enhance their personal and social development through enquiring and reflecting on different beliefs.

Entry Requirements:

Academically, anyone who excels in Ethics (Level 6 and above) will be suitable for RS: Ethics at GCSE as some topics are repeated and built upon e.g. Rituals, Media, The Environment, Relationships and Peace and conflict.

 

Additionally, if pupils have an enquiring mind and want to know more about the modern world whilst developing transferable skills in reflection, exploration, analysis and justification in order to clearly explain =personal ideas, RS: Philosophy and Ethics is a suitable option.

Course Structure:

RS: Ethics is taught through Years 9, 10 and 11 and includes the following concepts that are assessed.

Paper 1

Paper 2

Religion and Ethics

Religion, Peace and conflict

Marriage and Family life,

Matters of life and death,

Islamic life

Crime and punishment,

Peace and conflict,

Christian life

Edexcel GCSE Religious Studies 2016

Assessment & Examinations:

Paper 1

Paper 2

Examination

Examination

Year 11

Year 11

June/July

June/July

50% weighting

50 % weighting

A mock or practice paper will be completed at the end of every unit work.

Term by term content:

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Christianity: Section 2

(Crime and Punishment) Islam: Section 1 (Muslim beliefs)

Christianity: Section 1 (Christian beliefs)

 

Islam: Section 2

(Marriage and the Family)

Islam: Section 3

(Living the Muslim Life)

Christianity: Section 3

Living the Christian Life

Islam: Section 4

(Matters of Life and Death)

Christianity: Section 4

(Peace and Conflict)

Revision and examinations

Crime and Punishment:

Death Penalty,

Justice,

Nature of crime,

Evil and suffering,

Aims of punishment,

Treatment of criminals,

Forgiveness

Marriage and the Family:

Purpose of marriage,

Sexual relations,

Importance of the family,

Contraception,

Divorce,

Equality of men and women,

Prejudice and discrimination

Matters of Life and Death:

Origins of the universe,

Sanctity of life,

Science and human life,

Abortion,

Life after death,

Euthanasia,

Threats to the earth

Muslim Beliefs:

Six beliefs of Islam,

Usul ad-Din in Shi’a,

The nature of Allah,

Prophethood,

Importance of the Qur’an,

Importance of angels,

Predestination,

Life after death

Living the Muslim Life:

Ten Obligatory acts of Shi’a,

Shahada,

Salah,

Sawm,

Zakah,

Hajj,

Jihad,

Id-ul-Adha

Peace and Conflict:

Peace,

Peacemaking,

Conflict,

Pacifism,

Just War theory,

Holy War,

Weapons of mass destruction,

Responses to conflict

Christian Beliefs:

The Trinity,

Creation,

The Incarnation,

Jesus,

Salvation,

Life after death,

Evil and suffering,

Living the Christian Life:

Worship,

Sacraments,

Purpose of prayer,

Pilgrimage,

Celebrations,

The Church,

The community

Revision:

Memory recall, games and practice tests.

 

Opportunities for further study:

This is available to Year 9 students at options evening. The course is an excellent pathway into further study into sociology, psychology, philosophy and theology at A Level and university. The course its self is an academic course and we would recommend that students who do particularly well in core ethics should take the RS: Ethics option.   

There are many projects that students can undertake during their time in Key Stage 4 these are subject specific research projects.

Key Stage Three is essentially a mandatory pathway to Key Stage Four, where students will undertake their GCSEs. In order to access the material in Key Stage Four at the minimum G grade level, students will need to achieve a Level 6 by the end of Year 9.

Website links for resources: 

Type in the ISBN number into Amazon.

Suggested revision guides/ books:

Name: Edexcel GCSE (9–1) Religious Studies B Paper 1: Religion and Ethics – Christianity Student Book

Retail Price: £14.99

ISBN Number: 9781292139326

 

Name: Edexcel GCSE (9–1) Religious Studies B Paper 2: Religion, Peace and Conflict – Islam Student Book 

Retail Price: £14.99

ISBN Number: 9781292139364

 

Name: Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Religious Studies B, Christianity & Islam Revision Workbook

Retail Price: £5.99

ISBN Number: 9781292148816

 

Name: Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Religious Studies B, Christianity & Islam Revision Guide

Retail Price: £5.99

ISBN Number: 9781292148823