Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

Mrs C. Yeadon

Religion, Philosophy & Ethics


Department staff:

C M Yeadon:  Subject Leader

R J Parmiter: Subject Teacher

R F Eden: Subject Teacher



Key Stage 3:

Overview of the course

Key Stage 3 RPE is a subject that builds empathy, understanding and respect in a world often characterized by diversity, conflict and change.  The Year 7 and 8 curriculum provides a unique opportunity to learn about, and from, faiths, cultures and people in an open, respectful and objective way.  It hopes to increase understanding about faith communities which are so often misrepresented by the extremists.  It celebrates the contributions religions and religious people have made to our world; but it also provides opportunities to critique certain beliefs, practices and structures.  In Year 9 we explore Philosophy, Ethics and Philosophy of Religion as well as winning the book ‘Night’ by Nobel Prize winning author and activist Elie Wiesel. In line with the opening of the 2013 ‘Realising the Potential’ report, we agree that;

‘Religious education (RE) should make a major contribution to the education of children and young people. At its best, it is intellectually challenging and personally enriching. It helps young people develop beliefs and values, and promotes the virtues of respect and empathy, which are important in our diverse society. It fosters civilised debate and reasoned argument, and helps pupils to understand the place of religion and belief in the modern world’.

What will I learn?


Year 7:

Buddhism Christianity Sikhism
Who founded Buddhism?

What are the Three Marks of Existence?

What are the Four Noble Truths?

How do I reach Enlightenment?

Meditation – theory and practice.

Different types of Buddhism

Who is Aung San Sui Kyi?

Buddhism in Britain

Who is Jesus?

Did he meet expectations?

What did he really teach?

Death and Resurrection?

Prayer and Worship.

Who was George Foxx?

Who was Margaret Clitheroe?

Christianity and York.

What is a guru?

Who founded Sikhism and why?

Why put a book to bed?

Why is equality for women so important?

Why do religious people wear what they do? The importance of symbolism.






Year 8:

Hinduism Islam Judaism
Monotheism or Polytheism?


Gods and Goddesses





Who is the founder?

The Qur’an

What do Muslims really believe?

The Five Pillars

Malcolm X

Islam in Britain

The Birth of Monotheism


Moses and Passover



Yom Kippur




Year 9:

Philosophy Philosophy of Religion Night by Elie Wiesel
What is real?

Plato’s Allegory of The Cave

Baudrillard and The Matrix

Nozick’s Pleasure Machine

Free Will and Determinism

Who or What is God?

The Design Argument

The Cosmological Argument


The Problem of Evil

What is a Theodicy and can they answer the problem of evil?

How did the Holocaust affect Elie’s faith and humanity?

What questions does the Holocaust raise about belief in God?



What will I do?

  • Discuss
  • Debate
  • Reflect
  • Create
  • Question
  • Design
  • Read
  • Argue
  • Think
  • Listen
  • Empathise
  • Evaluate
  • Explain


Key Stage 4:

CORE Religion, Philosophy & Ethics:

Overview of the course

Philosophy for Life is a course which allows students to reflect on the most important questions of all:  What is the point of life?  What should I be aiming for? How should I live?  What do I really want?  How can I be happy?  How do I deal with anxiety?  How do I manage my anger?  What job do I actually want to do?

Students will explore these questions by learning about, and from, a variety of philosophers from Socrates to Nietzsche. They will also look at different religious approaches to these questions from the likes of Jesus and The Buddha.


What will I learn?

Stoicism:  Managing anxiety and anger.

Epicurus: Happiness, pleasure and the present moment.

Cynicism: Free from fear.

Pythagoras: Memory, reputation and incantation.

Scepticism: Question everything (especially yourself).

Plato: How do societies flourish?

Aristotle: Character and friendship.

Nietzsche: Hardship and happiness.

Schopenhauer:  Love and happiness.

Michel de Montaigne: Self-esteem

Siddhartha Guatama: Attachment and Letting Go

And more…


GCSE Religion, Philosophy & Ethics:

Overview of the course

The quest will be two-fold: students will investigate religious beliefs, teachings and practices from Buddhist and Christian faiths. They will then apply these to an ethical investigation into a variety of issues:  war, violence and peace; crime and punishment and the origins and sanctity of human life.

Examination board: AQA Specification A


2 x written exams  ( 1 hour and 45 minutes x 2).

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