The aim of the curriculum in KS4 is to build upon the foundations established in Philosophy, Religion, and Ethics at KS3. This course investigates beliefs and practices of two world religions, as well as looking at philosophical and ethical issues of the two religions.
The contents of the course are Beliefs and Practices of Christianity and Islam and four themes, namely: relationships and families, religion, peace and conflict, religion, crime and punishment and religion, human rights and social justice.
Studying Philosophy, Religion and Ethics can provide invaluable life skills, offer opportunities to further education and enhance careers. It gives students a chance to develop an understanding of different cultures and empathy for people from all walks of life. It teaches the principles of debate, philosophy and ethics and also provides a vital lesson in understanding human differences and, most importantly, our similarities since religion is so intertwined in our history, society and culture.
Students of this course can develop critical thinking, research analysis and presentation skills which are valued by employers in a range of sectors. It can lead to Sixth Form subjects such as Philosophy, Politics, Sociology and Psychology as well as university courses such as Law, Medicine, Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE). Current employment opportunities where a qualification in Philosophy, Religion and Ethics would be advantageous include Medical Doctor, Lawyer, Journalist, Teacher, Police Officer, Charity worker, Counsellor and a Civil Service Administrator.