Philosophy & Religious Studies

St Peter's School

Philosophy & Religious Studies

Stpeters27thSept 70Teaching Values, Religion and Ethics is not just about imparting a received body of knowledge. It is about developing awareness, skills and an attitude which will equip people to respond to culture, to other people, ethical challenges, big questions and difficult human experiences effectively.
- Dr Peter Vardy 2012

GCSE

We follow the AQA (Spec.A ) Religious Studies Specification.  This includes the study of Christian and Buddhist beliefs and practices for paper 1. Paper 2 explores themes of morality and philosophy.  There is no coursework.

This curriculum aims to encourage students to be inspired, moved and changed by following a broad, satisfying and worthwhile study of religion and ethics. It is a critical approach that will challenge and equip them to lead constructive lives in the wider modern world.

Religious Studies helps pupils to reflect on and develop their own values, opinions and attitudes in light of their learning and enhance their spiritual and moral development, as well as contribute to their health and wellbeing.

It is very much an academic subject and develops important skills.  These analytic and evaluation skills can be transferred to many other subjects and areas of personal enquiry. By its nature the subject explores what it means to be human and what it means to be happy.

Pre-U Philosophy and Theology

We follow the Pre-U syllabus which allows pupils to read some primary texts in order to help then to understand key debates.

Lessons comprise of discussion, debate and careful evaluation of classical and modern philosophies.

  • You will learn how to write well-structured and coherent essays.
  • You will also be encouraged to think independently and transfer the skills learnt in this subject to other areas of the curriculum.
  • You will be encouraged to read some of the most influential writers that will introduce learners to some of the key ideas and texts which have played a large role in shaping our intellectual heritage

The course allows learners to think rigorously about fundamental questions of truth and human understanding and introduces learners to the academic study of both philosophy and theology.

It enables learners to draw on the views of different religions as well as those philosophers that have written about the concept of God from a purely philosophical standpoint

It also offers authentic stretch and challenge opportunities with the introduction of a synoptic approach. As they progress through the course pupils are required to develop a deeper critical awareness and understanding and engage in more conceptually sophisticated discussions.