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Beliefs, Ethics and Philosophy

Why study this subject?

At Seahaven Academy the RS Department is committed to providing a curriculum that prepares students for life in a culturally diverse modern world. The department aims to promote an awareness of the usefulness of Religious Education to everyday living, to encourage enthusiasm for interest in the study of other people’s beliefs and to promote mutual respect, tolerance and understanding across different cultures and communities - those with and without a religious faith.

As both citizens and employees this course equips students with an important understanding of the beliefs of others, whilst exploring, developing and confirming their own beliefs and values.

BEP will teach you the life skills of analysis, open-mindedness, critical thinking, evaluation, cultural understanding and empathy. If you intend to work with or manage people in the future these dispositions and skills are required.

Aims of the course

  • To promote the spiritual, moral, social, cultural and intellectual development of students by encouraging them to explore those aspects of human experience which raise fundamental questions about beliefs and values.
  • To encourage students to develop positive attitudes towards followers of other faiths and to understand that people express beliefs and ideas in a variety of ways. Religious concepts are related to the students' own personal and everyday experiences. The content builds on and develops what students learn in Years 7-9.

Course Content

  • Students will build up knowledge of how different religions form their beliefs and attitudes and they will develop skills in effective group work, debating and discussion.
  • Students will begin to follow the AQA Religious Studies Syllabus and focus on an in-depth knowledge of two religions.
  • In addition students will study a range of topics from: Crime and Punishment, Religion and Life, Peace and Conflict, Relationships and Families, and Human Rights and Social Justice.

What can this course lead to?

  • The study of philosophy and ethics prepares you for life and the many issues people face. It prepares you for jobs where you will work with a diversity of people. The study of ethics and religion shows that you have awareness of current issues and of different religions and cultures.
  • The GCSE qualification in Religious Studies achieved through this course can support further study in a wide range of subjects, at both A level and degree level, including Geography, History, English, Sociology, Law, Philosophy and Ethics, Psychology and Religious Studies and Theology.
  • Careers that benefit from an understanding of people through religion and ethics include those related to health, education, travel and tourism, construction, armed and emergency services, journalism, law, events management – essentially any employment that has an element of working with/understanding people.

Expectations of subject

  • Homework is set once a week and students are expected to spend 1hour on this.





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