Philosophy, Religion & Ethics

Introduction

The Philosophy, Religion & Ethics department consists of one full-time and one part-time specialist teachers who are committed to delivering a PRE curriculum in line with the East Sussex Locally Agreed Syllabus which states that the aim of religious education is “to give children and young people opportunities to explore the spiritual dimension of human experience and fundamental questions of human life, relating these to the beliefs, values and practices of believers and others and to their own developing beliefs and values.”

Teaching & Learning

The department uses a wide range of teaching and learning techniques which encourages students to develop their own independent learning skills and collaboration with others. Discussion and debate about a number of religious, philosophical and moral questions is an integral part of the learning experience and to facilitate this the department uses a range of current local, national and world wide news stories.

Facilities

There are two well equipped PRE rooms as well as a department office/resource base. The department has an extensive range of resources which include a range of text books, posters, artefacts and DVDs. There is computer/ wi-fi internet access in all rooms with a projector & screen in one room and an interactive whiteboard in another. All rooms display student work which creates for a rich and stimulating environment in which to work.

Enrichment

Each year we organise a Year 9 Extended Learning Day on Diversity and Community where a number of guests from a range of religious and secular communities interact and hold discussions and workshops with students. Representatives of the Christian faith have also visited a number of classes in KS4 to give insight into the Christian perspectives on a range of religious and moral questions. There is opportunity for students in the Sixth Form to attend a conference on Philosophy, Religion & Ethics.

Curriculum

Learning outcomes for PRE on pathway 8 – click here
Learning outcomes for PRE on pathway 7 – click here
Learning outcomes for PRE on pathway 6 – click here
Learning outcomes for PRE on pathway 5 – click here
Learning outcomes for PRE on pathway 4 – click here
Learning outcomes for PRE on pathway 3 – click here
Learning outcomes for PRE on pathway 2 – click here

Revision

The course information below is only an outline of course content / learning objectives and should NOT be used as a guide to the topics for revision purposes.  Detailed guidance for revision for this subject can be found as follows:

  • GCSE / Level 2 courses  will be assessed using the topic content of Years 9, 10 & 11 –  please click here for detailed revision advice
  • A level / Level 3 courses will be assessed using the topic content of Years 12 & 13 –  please click here for detailed revision advice
Year Course & Topics covered Level Contact for more detail
7 Term 1: Does God Exist?

Term 2: What does it mean to be enlightened?

Term 3: Should you always forgive?

Term 4: Spirited Arts

Term 5: Does Prayer Work?

Term 6: What is the Hindu way of life?

National Curriculum
East Sussex LA syllabus
Ms H Hughes–

hhughes@heathfieldcc.co.uk

8 Term 1: How Should We Live?

Term 2: Can God be Experienced?

Term 3: Is there such a thing as a Selfless Act?

Term 4: Is Religion Good for Society?

Term 5: Does Life After Death make sense?

Term 6: How do people inspire change?

National Curriculum
East Sussex LA Syllabus
 
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Core PRE Programme of Study

Term 1: What does it mean to live a Virtuous Life?

Term 2: Why is there Evil & Suffering?

Term 3: Should We Interfere With Nature?

Term 4: Can War ever be Justified?

Term 5: Are Humans Worth More than Animals?

Term 6: Spirited Arts Competition

  Ms H Hughes–

hhughes@heathfieldcc.co.uk

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Core PRE Programme of Study

Term 1:  What is Reality?

Term 2:  What is our Duty?

Term 3:  Can we chose when to die?

Term 4:  Are Religions True?

Term 5:  Is Religion compatible with Science?

Term 6:  Why should we Care about the Environment?

   
11 Core PRE Programme of Study

Term 1: What is Free Will?

Term 2 What lessons for life can we learn from ancient philosophies?

Term 3: What ethical questions are raised by sport & leisure?

Term 4: What does it mean to be a global citizen?

   
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OCR Year 1 A level Philosophy, Religion & Ethics (Religious Studies)

Philosophy of Religion

  • Ancient Greek Philosophical Influences
  • The Existence of or Non-existence of God
  • The Nature of Soul, Mind & Body
  • Nature & Impact of Religious Experiences
  • The Problem of Evil

Ethics

  • Normative Ethical Theories:
  • Natural Law
  • Situation Ethics
  • Kantian Ethics
  • Utilitarianism
  • Applied Ethics: Business Ethics
  • Applied Ethics: Euthanasia

Developments in Religious Thought

  • Ideas about human life, the world and ultimate reality
  • Philosophy & Human Nature
  • Death & the Afterlife
  • Revealed and Natural Theology
  • Sources of Religious Wisdom & Authority
  • The Diversity of Ethics and Practice & Identity

The specifications for this course can be found by clicking here.

GCE  A level Year 1

H571/01

H571/02

H571/03

Miss H Hughes – hhughes@heathfieldcc.co.uk
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OCR A Level Year 2 Philosophy & Ethics (Religious Studies)

Philosophy of Religion

  • Attributes of God
  • Religious language
  • 20th Century Perspectives on Language

Ethics

  • Meta-ethics
  • Conscience
  • Sexual Ethics

Developments in Religious Thought

  • Gender & Society & Theology
  • Liberation Theology & Marx
  • Challenge of Secularism

The specifications for this course can be found by clicking here.

GCE A Level Year 2: Level 3