Religious Studies at Denefield is taught to all students from Years 7-9 as part of the KS3 curriculum. During their time in KS3, students are introduced to the major world religions and are encouraged to think about the way in which religion contributes both to the lives of individuals and to wider society. As students move into Year 9 they are introduced to the linked areas of Philosophy & Ethics with a focus on how moral decisions are made and judged. As an option subject at KS4 and KS5, students can choose to continue with Philosophy & Ethics at GCSE and to A Level.
Subjects Studied at Key Stage 3
Philosophy & Ethics at GCSE (Years 9, 10 and 11)
At KS4 Religious Studies becomes Philosophy & Ethics and is an option subject that students can select. Students do not have to believe in God to do GCSE Philosophy & Ethics: all opinions and beliefs – or none – are welcomed. We teach the OCR Religious Studies Course which covers two major world religions alongside philosophical and ethical enquiry. This course suits students who are inquisitive and want to critically explore the beliefs of others and themselves.
There is no coursework for GCSE Philosophy & Ethics and the course is wholly exam based and made up of three papers. The examination for the first two papers consists of eight short answer questions and two essay questions per paper. The examination for the third paper consists of 12 short answer questions and four essay answers per paper. Students are encouraged to explain their personal opinion and be able to explain a contrasting opinion to their own. The structure of the GCSE Philosophy & Ethics course is also good preparation for AS and A Levels.
Philosophy & Ethics at A Level
At KS5 students have the option to study Philosophy and Ethics at A Level: as with the GCSE course, there is no requirement for students to have any form of religious belief. We teach the OCR A Level Religious Studies Course which covers Greco-Roman and Judeo-Christian philosophy and ethical theories from both secular and religious philosophers and theologians. This course is designed to explore the big questions! We aim to investigate our place in the universe and how best we can live our lives. This course would be ideally suited to someone who loves arguing their point and investigating the true meaning of what is right and what is wrong and how people think.
There is no coursework for this A Level Philosophy & Ethics and students will sit three one and a half hour papers for AS and three two hour papers for A2 with three questions per paper. Students are taught how to write and structure essay responses to an undergraduate level and are encouraged to read around the topics studied to pursue areas of personal interest.
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