Philosophy & Ethics

Head of department: Mrs F Afolabi


Philosophy and Applied Ethics develops and extends students’ understanding of the world in all its diversity. Learning throughout all Key Stages uses a variety of resources and draws on recent case studies wherever possible. Philosophy and Ethics lessons are designed to actively involve the students in tasks and encourage them to think and learn independently.

Year 7

The skills developed by Year 7 students are designed to help them analyse and reflect on feelings, relationships, experience, ultimate questions, beliefs and practices as they affect the understanding of modern world issues. Topics include; how Christians use the Bible, the importance of worship, who Jesus was, the miracles of Jesus, the role of community in the life of Jews, how Sikhs achieve equality through communal cohesion and a review of the life and times of Mother Teresa.

Year 8

In Year 8 the students develop the skills for empathy and synthesis by considering the thoughts, feelings, experiences, attitudes, beliefs and values of others. They use these skills to study how discipline is maintained in the life of Muslims, the culture of heroes and the synthesis between religion and science.              

Year 9

Year 9 students are tutored to complete a full GCSE in Philosophy and applied Ethics from both Christian and secular viewpoints.

Autumn term: students evaluate and justify their own beliefs about the existence of God. Philosophical arguments are reviewed and theodicies appraised.

Spring term: topics include the ethics of religion, peace and justice, attitudes towards war and Christian attitudes towards absolute and conditional pacifism. Crime and punishment and the causes of terrorism are also reviewed.

Summer term: students studies include the philosophy of forgiveness and a review of the concept of equality.

Year 10

Topical issues studied in Year 10 include the beliefs and practices of Muslims, the moral authority of consensus, Christian attitudes towards relationships and medical ethics. The core and surrounding issues are evaluated and differing opinions analysed. We encourage students to adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of religion and encourage them to reflect on and develop their own values, opinions and attitudes.

Year 11

Year 11 students study the philosophy of the origins of evil and suffering, salvation and the structure of the Church. The rites of passage analysed and consensus on diversity, uniformity and philosophical dialogue between religions and nonreligious beliefs as it affects the monarchy and secularisation to be properly evaluated.


Homework is designed to prepare students for lessons and to articulate the ideas shared in the classroom. It gives students the opportunity to learn independently and add value to their classroom experience.


Enrichment takes the form of visits to different places of worship and in-school debates on topical issues to promote confidence in speaking, understanding and listening.

Useful Links

 (These are particularly useful for GCSE revision)

Careers and Further Study

The study of Philosophy and Applied Ethics enables students to develop their analytical and expressive skills so they are equipped to understand modern world issues with greater insight from a deeper perspective. This ability is valued in careers such as journalism, law, national and international business, the Armed Forces, the medical sciences, teaching and social work.