PRE aims to encourage all students to engage with the ultimate questions in life. Philosophy is concerned with our beliefs and our attitudes to life asking questions such as ‘What is the meaning of life?’, ‘Does the world have a purpose?’ and ‘What can we really know?’ Ethics is concerned with questions about right and wrong and students will focus on questions such as ‘Is it right to have an abortion?’, ‘What rights should animals have?’ and ‘Is it ever right to kill?’ The religious elements of the course focus mainly on philosophical and ethical issues in order to allow all students to feel the relevance of the subject within their own lives.
PRE is highly important in the development of a student’s life as it encourages independence of thought and gives students the opportunity to become responsible for their own views on some of the biggest questions in life. We use a range of teaching methods such as research, role play, creative work and problem solving.
At Key Stage 4, students will follow the AQA Ethics course which covers a variety of different ethical issues. They approach these both from religious and non-religious points of view, and ultimately they are expected to form and support their own views on the issues. We have had some excellent examination results in recent years and Ethics is an increasingly popular option choice at KS4.
Key Stage 5
Religious Studies is also offered at KS5. Students follow the AQA examination board which covers a variety of topics focusing on religion and ethics.
Life in Modern Britain
PRE teaches students:
- an understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process
- an appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their well-being and safety
- an understanding that there is a separation of power between the executive and the judiciary
- an understanding that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law
- an acceptance that other people having different faiths of beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour
- an understanding of the importance of identifying and combating discrimination