Key Stage 4
Year 9-11 GCSE Ethics
Students who choose this option will learn how religion, philosophy and ethics form the basis of our culture. The course covers issues of local, national and global concern and places them in a moral and religious context. Students are challenged with questions about belief, values, meaning, purpose and truth enabling them to develop their own attitudes to issues whilst being aware of opposing viewpoints. They will develop an awareness of how differing views can impact and influence the modern world as well as their impact on contemporary British society.
Paper 1: The beliefs, teachings and practices of two of the world's religions namely Christianity and Islam.
Paper 2: Students will study four themes and develop an awareness of different perspectives including religious perspectives on them. This will involve topics such as abortion, euthanasia, animal experimentation, crime and punishment, discrimination, human rights and poverty. Some of these units were covered within KS3 so this is a development of those areas with students being expected to be critical, inquiring and reflective on them, similarly with any new topics covered. There is an expectation that students will complete extended written work demonstrating balanced discussions as well as specific references to sources of wisdom and authority.
Assessment is 100% exam. The students will complete two papers both being 1 hour 45 minutes. This GCSE will be graded using the new 9-1 scale.