Key Stage 3
The aim of ethics at KS3 is to give students a broad understanding of different religions, practices and to be able to examine and explore several ethical issues. During this process, we encourage all students to express themselves and their opinions through rigorous GCSE style questions designed to inspire future study.
Year 7 will explore several modules which will act as building blocks for future study. These include exploring Rites of Passage, Creation, Islam and Christianity.
Year 8 build on the work completed in Year 7 and begin to look at ethical issues including human rights and animal rights. In addition, they explore Christianity as a world religion.
Year 9 students examine issues such as child soldiers and the holocaust and world issues. In addition, the will explore some of the smaller world religions.
Key Stage 4
Exam Board: AQA
Why study Ethics GCSE?
Ethics provides students the opportunity to examine many world issues and religious beliefs and practices. The course encourages students to write well at an academic level. Students will learn how to express their own opinions and understand the opinions of others. It is a good course for students wishing to go onto A Level study or those with an interest in police service, armed forces, medicine or law.
Students will complete modules from an ethical perspective including, peace and conflict, crime and punishment, family and relationships and medical ethics. From a religious perspective, students will examine both Christianity and Islam, understanding practices and beliefs of both religious groups.
AQA Syllabus A
Students will complete two exams at the end of Year 11. Each exam is one hour forty-five minutes long.