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Society and Ethics

The Society and Ethics department forms part of the Humanities Faculty. All students study Society and Ethics at Key Stage 3 before moving on to complete the GCSE Short Course in Religious Studies at Key Stage 4.  The full course GCSE is also an option for those students who wish to follow this at Key Stage 4, with A Level Religious Studies is offered through The Consortium post-16.

Society and Ethics and Religious Education is important and relevant because it helps young people gain wisdom in the following areas of life:

  • Cultural, artistic, musical and literary: many great artists, composers, musicians and writers had deep religious and/or philosophical motivation and inspiration for their work.
  • Historical and geographical, scientific and technological: what is the meaning of life? Where are we going? What is 'true'? What is ‘best’? Where do we come from? Why are people different and why do they have different tastes and preferences?
  • Moral and ethical: in the light of the many moral and ethical dilemmas we meet in life, ranging from the personal to the global, what is it to lead a good life?
  • Personal: How can I be happy? How can I best manage my relationships? What are the skills I need to succeed in life?
  • Political, social and psychological: How can we best understand the relationships between people? Why do religion and belief feature in the news so much? What do religious and belief groups say about various contemporary issues?

Society and Ethics lessons involve a range of activities including independent and group work, research work and debate. In RE, students develop many different skills including interpreting texts, discussion and debate, as well as skills in teamwork and presentation.

Staff Position
Miss J Renton Teacher of Society and Ethics
Mr R Jarvis Teacher of Society and Ethics

Key Stage 3 

In Years 7 and 8 students follow the locally agreed syllabus. This states that:

“RE has an important part to play as part of a broad, balanced and coherent curriculum to which all pupils are entitled. RE subject matter gives particular opportunities to promote an ethos of respect for others, to challenge stereotypes and to build understanding of other cultures and beliefs. This contributes to promoting a positive and inclusive school ethos that champions democratic values and human rights.”

 In particular RE:

  • Provokes challenging questions about the meaning and purpose of life, beliefs, the self, issues of right and wrong, and what it means to be human.
  • Encourages students to explore their own beliefs (whether they are religious or non-religious) in the light of what they learn.
  • Enables students to build their sense of identity and belonging which helps them flourish within their communities and as citizens in a diverse society
  • Teaches students to develop respect for others including people with different faiths and beliefs, and helps to challenge prejudice
  • Prompts students to consider their responsibilities to themselves and others, and to explore how they might contribute to their communities and to wider society. It encourages empathy, generosity and compassion.

Students study the following units at Key Stage 3:

Year 7

Year 8

  • Ultimate questions
  • Courage
  • Respect (World)
  • Inspiration
  • Equality
  • Islam
  • Christianity
  • Respect (for life)
  • Determination

Additional resources Key Stage 3 Society and Ethics

At Key Stage 3 students encouraged to take an interest in local and national news. Debate or discuss current affairs with your son / daughter.

A range of resources can also be found on Doddle and on the school’s virtual learning environment Frog:

Where required, passwords have been provided to students directly.  For further support please contact the school. 

Key Stage 4 

From September 2016, all students will follow the Edexcel Beliefs and Practices (Christianity and Islam) Religious Studies specification.  This is a half GCSE course.

Aims of the course:

The course aims to develop an understanding of a range of different ethical issues, and the different attitudes towards these issues within society. It also covers various philosophical arguments surrounding belief in God.

Course content:

 The course comprises of 4 units of work:

  • Christian Belief
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Marriage and Family
  • Islamic Belief 

Throughout each topic we consider non-religious, Christian and Muslim perspectives and beliefs.


The course is 100% exam based and all students will sit two exams at the end of Year 10.

Additional content: For those students who wish to achieve a full GCSE in RS, there is an extracurricular class after school. In the full GCSE students study a further four units: Life and Death, Religious life in birth Christianity and Islam, and Peace and Conflict.  This is also be examined at the end of Year 10.

Additional resources GCSE Religious Studies

Additional resources to support learning in GCSE Religious Studies:

We would also recommend you encourage your son / daughter to take an interest in local and national news. Debate or discuss current affairs with your son / daughter.

Where required, passwords have been provided to students directly.  For further support please contact the school. 


Sixth Form Courses 

A Level Religious Studies is offered as part of The Consortium.  Students follow the WJEC A Level Religious Studies course. 

Aims of the course:

This course is about life, diversity and culture; it is designed to be relevant, lively and sometimes both controversial and creative.  It provides the opportunity to consider culture and gives a fresh understanding of the world.

Course Content:

The components studied on this course are:

  • A Study of Religion
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Religion and Ethics


Students beginning the A Level course in September 2017 will complete the linear A Level.  The course comprises:

  • 100% Examination