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Pupils’ spiritual awareness is strongly developed and they learn to respect other faiths and beliefs.

ISI 2013

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Aims and Philosophy

Whether we are debating the ideas of William James and David Hume, or discussing the merits and drawbacks of euthanasia from a case in today’s newspaper or even reflecting upon the origins of our universe, the questions we ask have resonated with humans down the ages.

In any student’s future, at both degree level and beyond, the ability to analyse and evaluate arguments, challenge assumptions and think creatively are vital skills for the world we live in. As a department, we want students who have a love of ideas, whilst we maintain excellent results at GCSE, AS and A Level.

Course Content

Year 12

The AS course follows the Pearson Edexcel specification and begins by looking at the nature of religious experiences, and then analyses and evaluates the various proofs of the existence of God. Finally we study the Problem of Suffering and the theodicies that are designed to reconcile the Existence of both God and Suffering in the world. Ethically we study the theories of Utilitarianism, Situation Ethics and Natural Law Theory applying these value systems to relevant and interesting issues such as equality and the environment. We also give students the opportunity to study Buddhism in detail looking at religious beliefs and teachings, sources of wisdom and authority and religious practices. In year 12 students attend lectures delivered by famous philosophers such as Keith Ward and, two specially selected students will have an opportunity to visit Auschwitz.

Year 13

Within Buddhism we study the relationship between the faith and society and its historical development. In ethics, we study Aristotle’s Virtue Ethics and Kantian deontology applying these theories to medical ethics and, issues such as fertility treatments and euthanasia. The A level topics studied in the Philosophy of Religion include, religious language and life after death.

In Conclusion

As a vibrant and committed department we work hard to ensure that our students are able to unlock their potential. Pupils enjoy lessons and are encouraged to think independently, to debate and to analyse. These vital skills will provide an excellent basis for their further education.

Pupils’ spiritual awareness is strongly developed and they learn to respect other faiths and beliefs.

ISI 2013
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