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Ethics and Philosophy

 The Ethics and Philosophy department at Purbrook Park allows pupils to ignite imagination, fascination and develop an enquiring mind, adding value to their social and moral development.awaiting content.

Why is the subject important?

Religion and beliefs have become more visible in public life locally, nationally and internationally. The impact of religion on society and public life is constantly brought to public attention through extensive media coverage. The rapid pace of development in scientific and medical technologies and the environmental debate continue to present new issues which raise religious, moral and social questions.  Ethics and Philosophy also provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong, and what it means to be human.

Key Stage 3

In Year 7 pupils will investigate the concepts of community, identity and traditions. They will study the life of Jesus and the impact upon Christianity. They will also consider other world religions such as Islam.

Key Stage 4

The GCSE course starts in Year 9, and investigates ‘Ultimate Questions’ for example ‘Why does evil exist?’. Pupils will study topics that explain the diversity of life and religion in the modern world. The course will improve philosophical thinking skills and the ability to think outside the box. Pupils will develop communication skills and learn to clearly express their views and increase their self-confidence.

Successes

2018 Summer Exam results

91% of pupils achieved a level 4 and above