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Year 9 Philosophy & Ethics

Half term Key content
1 (7 weeks) Religious Philosophy

  • Evil and Suffering
  • What is god like
  • Life after death
  • What is a miracle
  • Did Jesus do miracles?
  • Assessment

Buddhism

  • Life of the Buddha

17th October data collection (CWA,PEG and ATL)

2 (7 weeks) Buddhism

  • 4 noble truths
  • Eightfold path
  • 5 precepts
  • Animal rights – animals and food
  • Animals and work
  • Meditation
  • assessment
3 (7 weeks) 9th January data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)

9th February Parents’ Evening

Ethics

  • morality
  • relationships
  • sex before marriage
  • arranged marriage
  • Abortion
  • Abortion and religious beliefs
  • Debate?
4 (6 weeks) 3rd April data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)

Ethics

  • assessment

Matters of life

  • quality of life
  • fertility treatments
  • transfusions and transplants
  • designer babies
  • cloning
5 (5 weeks) Prejudice and Discrimination

  • equality
  • definitions
  • sexism
  • laws
6 (7 weeks)
  • people who have fought prejudice
  • assessment

Week commencing 19th June: Year 9 exam week

26th June Data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)

Year 10 Core Ethics

Course title:      Philosophy and Ethics GCSE
Subject Content:
Students will cover core content which fulfils the government’s requirement that all students have access to SMSC education (social, moral, spiritual and cultural). This will be covered in Y10 by two topics, ‘Drug Abuse’ and ‘World Poverty’. Students have one core ethics lesson every two weeks.
Half term                Key content:
1 (7 weeks) Drug Abuse

  • Different types of drugs
  • Effects of legal drugs
  • Effects of illegal drugs
  • Reasons why some people take drugs
2 (7 weeks) Drug Abuse

  • Methods of reducing drug abuse
  • Drugs and the law
  • Religious attitudes to drug abuse
  • Assessment
3 (7 weeks) Drug Abuse

  • Recap

British Values

  • Hate Crime
  • FGM
4 (6 weeks) World Poverty

  • Causes of world Poverty
  • How to measure poverty
  • Religious views on poverty
  • Justice stewardship and compassion
5 (5 weeks) World Poverty

  • Trade
  • Fair trade
  • Reasons why religious believers help the poor                                     
6 (7 weeks) World Poverty

  • Long term and short term aid
  • Sustainable development

Year 10   Ethics

Course title:  Philosophy and Ethics GCSE Exam board:  AQA Specification code:  8062
How will students be assessed?
At the end of the two year course, students will complete two 105 minute exams. Both exams are worth 50% of their final grade. There is no coursework.

The first exam is ‘Component One: The Study of Religions’. This will cover a range of religious beliefs and practices. These will include a comparison of Hindu and Christian ideas about God and gods or goddesses, the importance of pilgrimage and how it is performed, major festivals, and key texts.

The second exam is ‘Component Two: Thematic Studies’, in which various philosophical and ethical issues will be studied from the perspective of some of the major world religions as well as atheistic groups. These will include views on family life, marriage and relationships, the existence and nature of God, religious attitudes to war, peace and conflict, as well as issues surrounding crime and punishment.

Half term Key content: Year 1
1 (7 weeks) The Study of Religions:

  • Introduction to the Course and Paper 1
  • Christianity: Key Beliefs
  • Christianity: Salvation
2 (7 weeks) The Study of Religions:

  • Christianity: Salvation (cont.)
  • Christianity: Worship and Festivals
3 (7 weeks) The Study of Religions:

  • Christianity: The Role of the Church
  • Hinduism: The Nature of God and Existence
4 (6 weeks) The Study of Religions:

  • Hinduism: The Nature of God and Existence (cont.)
  • Hinduism: The Nature of Human Life
5 (5 weeks) The Study of Religions:

  • Hinduism: Worship and Festivals
6 (7 weeks) The Study of Religions:

  • Hinduism: Lifestyle
  • Exam Week
Half term Key content: Year 2
1 Thematic Studies:

Introduction to Paper 2

  • Relationships and Families
2 Thematic Studies:

  • The Existence of God and Revelation                               
3 Thematic Studies:

  • Religion, Peace and Conflict
  • Mock Exams
4 Thematic Studies:

  • Religion, Crime and Punishment
5 Revision and exam practise: Both Paper

Year 11 Core Ethics

Course title: Philosophy and Ethics GCSE Exam board: AQA Specification code: 4055
How will students be assessed?
Students will take a 90 min exam where they will select FOUR questions from six which cover the units they have been working on from Year 9 until now.

In Years 9 and 10 students completed units on ‘matters of life’, ‘drug abuse’, ‘attitudes to the elderly and death’ and ‘world poverty’.

This year they will complete their final unit ‘attitudes to crime and punishment’.

Half term     Key content:
1 (7       weeks)        Religious attitudes to Crime and Punishment

  • An understanding of the religious beliefs about law and order
  • Concepts of right and wrong, conscience, duty and responsibility;
  • the debate about the causes of crime including social, environmental and psychological explanations
  • The different types of crimes, including against the person, property and the state and religious offences
2 (7 weeks) Religious attitudes to Crime and Punishment

  • The aims of punishment, defined as protection, retribution, deterrence, reformation, vindication and reparation
  • The appropriateness of different forms of punishment in achieving the aims of punishment, including: the handling of young offenders, the effects of imprisonment, the meaning and implications of life imprisonment, issues arising out of parole and early release,
  • The debate about the death penalty (capital punishment);
  • Alternatives to prison, including electronic tagging, probation, fines and community service
3 (7 weeks) Religious attitudes to Crime and Punishment

  • Debate about prison reform.
  • Assessment

Revision including Drug Abuse from Year 9

4 (6 weeks) Revision including Drug Abuse from Year 9
5 (5 weeks) Revision and Exam Practice for the exam

Year 11 Ethics

Course title: Philosophy and Ethics GCSE Exam board: AQA Specification code: 8063
How will students be assessed?
This is the second year of the course and will be focused on content for the second exam: Philosophy and Ultimate Questions. At the end of the two year course, students will complete two 90 minute exams. Both exams are worth 50% of their final grade. There is no coursework.

Topics covered within this year of study will include:

Arguments for God’s existence: Students will be expected to be able to outline arguments, outline basic problems with the arguments; how plausible/strong the arguments are, and what faults lie within them.

The Problem of Evil: What is evil? What is suffering? – Examples and definitions of each; where does evil originate? What questions do evil and suffering raise about God’s love, power and purpose?

Immortality: This topic considers the meaning of death, and the afterlife. It also explores the reasonableness of such belief, as well as the problems created by it.

Revelation: This topic looks at the idea of God’s self-revelation to humanity. It explores the reasonableness of the evidence of revelation, and why revelation is questioned as a real experience.

Half term Key content:
1 (7 weeks) Philosophy and Ultimate Questions:

  • Introduction to the paper
  • The Problem of Evil
  • End of Unit Assessment
2 (7 weeks) Philosophy and Ultimate Questions:

  • Immortality
  • End of Unit Assessment
  • Mock exams
3 (7 weeks) Philosophy and Ultimate Questions:

  • The Existence of God
  • End of Unit Assessment
4 (6 weeks) Philosophy and Ultimate Questions:

  • Revelation
  • End of Unit Assessment
5 (5 weeks) Revision and Exam Practise for both exams

 Year 1

Course title: Philosophy and Ethics A Level Exam board: AQA Specification code: 7062
How will students be assessed?
This is a reformed A Level course and as such, students will complete two 180 minute exams at the end of year 13. Both exams are worth 50% of their final grade. There is no coursework.

The first exam is ‘Philosophy of Religion and Ethics’. This will cover a range of classical philosophical questions, such as arguments for and against the existence of God, Evil and suffering, the nature of the self, death and the afterlife, and religious experience and authority.  It will also include the major philosophical approaches to ethics and the nature of right and wrong, the concepts of free will and responsibility, sexual and gender identity, and equality and tolerance.

The second exam is ‘Study of Religion and Dialogues’, in which students will apply these wider philosophical and ethical theories to a major world religion; Hinduism, and consider how this faith tackles these issues in practise today. The dialogues section of the paper will focus on how the concepts of religion, philosophy and ethics inform and challenge one another.

Half term Key content – Year 1
1 (7 weeks) Philosophy of Religion and Ethics

  • Introduction to the Course and Paper 1
  • Arguments for the Existence of God
  • Evil and Suffering
2 (7 weeks) Philosophy of Religion and Ethics

  • Religious Experience
  • Normative Ethical Theories
3 (7 weeks) Philosophy of Religion and Ethics/ Study of Religion and Dialogues

  • Application of Ethical Theory
  • Introduction to Paper 2
  • Sources of Wisdom and Authority
4 (6 weeks) Study of Religion and Dialogues

  • Ultimate Reality
  • Self, Death and Afterlife
5 (5 weeks) Study of Religion and Dialogues

  • Good Conduct and Moral Principles
  • Expressions of Religious Identity
6 (7 weeks) Beginning ‘Year 2’: Philosophy of Religion and Ethics

  • Miracles
  • Self, Death and Afterlife
Half term Key content – Year 2
1 Philosophy of Religion and Ethics

  • Religious Language
  • Meta-Ethics
2 Philosophy of Religion and Ethics

  • Free Will and Responsibility
  • Conscience
  • Bentham and Kant
3 Study of Religion and Dialogues

  • Hinduism, Gender and Sexuality
  • Hinduism and Science
4 Study of Religion and Dialogues

  • Hinduism and the Challenge of Secularisation
  • Hinduism, migration and Religious Pluralism
5 Study of Religion and Dialogues

  • The Dialogue between Hinduism and Philosophy
  • The Dialogue between Hinduism and Ethics

Year 13

Course title: Philosophy and Ethics A Level Exam board: AQA Specification code: 2060
How will students be assessed?
At the end of the A2 year students will complete two 90 minute exams. The results of both exams will combine with the results of both AS Level exams to make up the final grade. The four exams over the two years are equally weighted at 25% each. There is no coursework.

The first A2 exam is ‘Philosophy of Religion’. This will cover a range of classical philosophical questions, such as Evil and suffering, the nature of the self, Religious Language, and the relationship between Faith and Reason. Students will be assessed on their knowledge and explanation skills, as well as their ability to construct a mature and well-structured philosophical argument.

The second A2 exam is ‘Ways of Moral Decision-Making’. This is a synoptic paper, in which students will apply their wider ethical knowledge from over the course of the two years to moral issues arising within modern medical science. These will include genetic engineering, cloning, saviour siblings, and animal and human medical testing.

Half term Key content
1 (7 weeks) Philosophy of Religion

  • The Problem of Evil (started in year 12)
  • Religious Language
2 (7 weeks) Philosophy of Religion

  • Faith, Reason and the Ontological Argument
  • Body, Soul and Identity
3 (7 weeks) Ways of Moral Decision-Making

  • Introduction to Paper 2
  • Ethical Theories Recap
  • Virtue Ethics
  • Mock exams
4 (6 weeks) Ways of Moral Decision-Making

  • Sources of Religious Authority
  • Cloning
  • Human and Animal Testing
5 (5 weeks) Ways of Moral Decision-Making

  • Application and Synoptic technique
  • Revision and Exam Practise for both exams