Religious Education / Philosophy and Ethics
Head of Department: Mrs F Hawkes
Teacher: Mr B Southgate and Mr Chisholm
Religion and Philosophy at TWGSB enables students to grapple with philosophical questions such as, “What is the meaning of life?” “Is there a God?” and “How do we know the right thing to do?” Students in KS3 study Religion and Philosophy for one hour a week. All students at TWGSB take the full course RE GCSE and they have three hours a fortnight for this. Philosophy is a popular A Level course which is growing in numbers. Many interesting educational visits are arranged for the students and feedback is very positive with our “In the Footsteps of Socrates” summer tour of Athens proving especially popular.
Philosophical Fictions lunchtime club and a Sixth Form summer tour of Athens.
Be the change you wish to see in the world (Gandhi)
Years 7 and 8
During KS3 students cover a wide range of topics relating to living in the modern world. They encourage tolerance and understanding of different cultures and faiths.
Year 7 includes Asking Questions and Seeking Answers, Sikhism, Being Committed, Introduction of Islam, the True meaning of Islam.
Year 8 includes Being a Christian, the ‘J’ Files, Religion in the 21st Century, Faith in Action.
GCSE: Years 9, 10 and 11
GCSE Course Content
The GCSE course, which starts in Year 9, explores different philosophical and ethical concepts while reflecting on contemporary issues. This will inspire students to think deeply about relevant themes and encourage higher order thinking skills. They will have the opportunity to explore their own beliefs and questions of meaning and reflect on, consider, analyse, interpret and evaluate issues of truth, belief, faith and ethics and develop the ability to communicate these responses.
Christian belief and teachings
Religion, Human Rights and Social Justice
Religion, Peace and Conflict
Crime and Punishment continued…
Matters of Life
Matters of Death
Exam Board: AQA
Links to Specification
A Level: Years 12 and 13
Exam Board: AQA
Qualifications needed: GCSE Religious Education grade 6
Course content: A level Philosophy is designed to give students a thorough grounding in the key concepts and methods of philosophy. Students will have the opportunity to engage with big questions in a purely secular context.
- Perception: What are the immediate objects of perception?
- The definition of knowledge: What is propositional knowledge?
- The origin of concepts and nature of knowledge: where do ideas/concepts and knowledge come from?
- Ethical Theories: How do we decide what is morally right to do?
- Kantian deontological ethics
- Aristotle Virtue Ethics
- Ethical Language: What is the status of ethical language?
Metaphysics of God
- The Concept of God
- Arguments relating to the existence of God
- Religious Language
Metaphysics of mind
- The mind-body problem
- Logical/analytical behaviourism
- Mind-brain type identity theory
- Eliminative materialism
Paper 1 - Epistemology and moral philosophy (3 hours exam)
Paper 2: The metaphysics of God and the metaphysics of mind (3 hours exam)
Link to Specification: http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/subjects/AQA-2175-W-SP-15.PDF
Years 7, 8 and 9
Through the Hindu Caste system we explore different careers in a work related learning task where we ask the students ’Which modern jobs would match these Varnas today?’ We also consider the part played, if any, of destiny, freewill and Karmic forces and how these may affect future employment through the cycle of Samsara.
Through Rites of Passage students explore the concept of commitment and their life plan. Employment is often addressed and we consider what they are doing and/or need to do in order to achieve these goals. We also reflect on what would truly make them ‘happy’ and ‘successful’.
We have an activity highlighting the transferable skills developed and encouraged through the study of RP and link these to the world of work and specific jobs such as being a footballer, journalist, lawyer etc.
- People skills
- Analytical skills
- Deep thinking skills
- Developing own opinions
- Constructing arguments
- Answer questions about life, the world
- Think about your values
- Feeling comfortable in different countries
- Respect for others
A Level students:
- Philosophy is a non-vocational subject, so the skills it gives you are transferable to many different industries. Through studying Philosophy you will develop many employability skills such as self-motivation, time management and IT skills
- Additionally, through studying Philosophy you will acquire the ability to think very deeply about complex issues, weigh up and evaluate different ideas, and take in and analyse dense information quickly.
- Guidance is provided for students considering continuing the subject in further education - concerning the best university to go when considering certain courses – while taking in to account their interests and the jobs this may lead to.
What jobs can I get with through studying Philosophy?
Like many humanities subjects, studying philosophy can open you up to a variety of different careers. Many philosophy graduates choose to go on to further study, meaning that in the future they work as researchers or become professors in their areas. Becoming an expert in your field in this way could pave the way for you to become a philosophy lecturer at university level. Another popular industry for philosophy graduates is teaching. You may decide to work in further of higher education, or in a secondary school.
What other jobs can I do?
Philosophy graduates are highly qualified for a number of fields that are not directly related to their degree subject. Such areas may include:
- Merchant Banking
- The Civil Service
- Social services
Other possible fields include politics, social work, retail and business, although you may to take further study to break into these sectors.