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Philosophy, Religion & Ethics

At Ashlyns, we teach Philosophy, Religion and Ethics according to statutory requirements, ensuring that we adhere to the locally agreed guidelines for all Key Stages.

We realise the value of PRE to students, as they prepare to become part of a multi-faith, multi-ethnic society. We teach them to respect, through learning and debate, the difference and similarities between different faiths, whilst ensuring that they appreciate how British values have developed through evolving moral and ethical dilemmas.

Key Stage 3

Years 7 and 8

At Key Stage 3, we teach all of the six main world religions, in addition to Humanism. We try to make sure that pupils understand the link between faith and the believer, and how what an individual believes impacts upon the way that they live their lives.

The curriculum is taught by an enthusiastic team who are committed to pupils and ensure that lessons are balanced and interesting.

Key Stage 4

Years 9 and 10

At Ashlyns, we appreciate the value of an all-inclusive approach to education, and as such offer all pupils the opportunity to sit a full course GCSE at the end of Year 10.

The GCSE examination is split into two papers:

Paper 1 looks at Religion and Ethics. Students must study all four content sections based upon their chosen religion (Christianity).

Paper 2 looks at Religion, Peace and Conflict. Students study all four content sections based upon their chosen religion, and this must be a different religion to the Paper 1 choice (Islam).

The reason Islam has been chosen is that it is an emerging religion in the United Kingdom and one that students will benefit from having an awareness of as they move into the world of work. Through Paper 2 students will look at issues that impact not just upon the United Kingdom but on the world at large.

Purpose of the course: To acquire knowledge and develop understanding of beliefs, values and traditions of one or more religions.  Students learn how to consider the views held by other religions and how this might shape their responses to certain situation. They will be able to relate the beliefs, values and experiences of others to your own experience of life. Both this course and the style of examination techniques used will support other GCSE courses that are offered at Ashlyns.

Key Stage 5

In this course students will develop an interest and understanding of some of the fundamental questions of human life.  They will gain an insight into how human beings try to answer them, something which might shape how they see society and yourself.  Students will begin to explore what it means to be a human being.

Content and Assessment Overview

The Advanced GCE in Religious Studies consists of three externally examined papers. Students are required to choose three papers from a choice of four available from the board. Students must complete all assessment in May/June in any single year.

At Ashlyns, we will study the following:

Paper 1 – Philosophy of Religion

Philosophical issues and questions; The nature and influence of religious experience; Problems of evil and suffering; Philosophical language; Works of scholars; Influences of developments in religious belief.

Paper 2 – Religion and Ethics

Significant concepts in issues or debates in religion and ethics; a study of three ethical theories; Application of ethical theories to issues of importance; Ethical language; Deontology; Virtue Ethics and the works of scholars; Medical ethics – beginning and end of life issues.

Paper 3 – Developments in Religious Studies

Religious beliefs, values and teachings; Sources of wisdom and authority; Practices that shape and express religious identity; Social and historical developments; Works of scholars; Religion and society; Primary texts.