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Philosophy, Ethics & Religion

Curriculum Intent

Our aim is to help students to develop their ability to show a range of skills via three components. These skills include:

Reflect on, select and apply specified knowledge about religion and belief

• Account for the influence of social, religious and historical factors on developments in the study of religions and beliefs

• Construct well informed and reasoned arguments about religion and belief, substantiated by relevant evidence

• Understand, interpret and evaluate critically religious concepts, texts and other sources

• Identify, investigate and critically analyse questions, arguments, ideas and issues arising from the study of religion including those of scholars/academics

• Analyse the nature of connections between the components they have studied.

  1. To provide learners with the opportunity to undertake an in-depth and broad study of one religion covering themes ranging from religious figures and sacred texts to practices that shape religious identity.
  2. To provide learners with the opportunity to undertake an in-depth and broad study of fundamental philosophical themes, ranging from arguments for the existence of God to the use of religious language.
  3. To provide learners with the opportunity to undertake an in-depth and broad study of fundamental ethical themes, 15 ranging from ethical language and thought to freewill and determinism.