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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 Plato and Aristotle, 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 very good results at GCSE, AS and A Level.

Course Content

Years 7-9

In Year 7 we begin with an introductory course in which we look at the nature of a Judeo-Christian God, exploring questions of the design of the world in the light of human suffering. In addition, we study the nature of justice, Buddhism and Islam. We organise an enlightening visit to the beautiful Exeter Cathedral as a part of our course and invite in a visiting speaker from the Islamic community. In Year 8 we study Sikhism, prejudice and discrimination and Christianity. Year 9 involves a unit on the Philosophy of Religion, rites of passage, the evidence for and against the afterlife.

Years 10 and 11

Those who opt to study Philosophy at GCSE examination level will follow the AQA course specification entitled ‘Ethics, Philosophy and Religion in Society.’ This course involves the study of two key topics, Philosophy of Religion and Ethics. Philosophy of Religion considers the existence of God and arguments that have been used to counter his existence, the nature of evil, science and religion and immortality. In Ethics, we study animal rights, abortion, euthanasia and our responsibility for the environment. Around forty five students are currently studying GCSE Philosophy; they enjoy their studies and regularly achieve exceptional results.

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

ISI 2013
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