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St Peter's
Catholic School

Religious Education: Philosophy and Ethics

Mr M Dell  

Head of Religious Education (RE)

The Team

Mrs H Fogell Second in  Department
Mrs M Habgood Religious Education Teacher
Mr R Hotea Religious Education Teacher
Mr M Steady Religious Education Teacher

Introduction to the Department

Welcome to the Religious Education Department. At the core of Catholic education lies the Christian vision of the human person. This vision is expressed and explored in classroom religious education. Therefore, classroom religious education is at the heart of our school’s mission to be ‘Christ to all’. Our purpose is to provide students with a rigorous academic experience in which to engage with the deepest questions of life and find reasons for hope. 

Our programme of study is based upon the ‘Religious Education Curriculum Directory for Catholic Schools’ (2012) produced by the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. It provides the opportunity for students to learn about religion and from religion to explore a personal response to what they have learnt. We aim to develop skills of knowledge, understanding, analysis and evaluation and confidence in using religious language so that students are able to discuss their learning and reflections in an articulate manner.

Key Stage 5 Information

Core RE

All students in the Sixth Form study Religious Education as part of their core entitlement in a Catholic school.  The core RE programme enables students to have a breadth to their learning experience.

Students study a range of topics:

Year 12

  • Medical ethics
  • Esoteric traditions
  • Ecclesiology
  • Spirituality
  • Scripture

  Year 13

  • Other faiths and Buddhism
  • Religion and science
  • Business ethics
  • Catholic social teaching

A Level – Religious Studies: Philosophy and Ethics

This encourages students to develop their interest in, and enthusiasm for, a rigorous study of religion and its relation to the wider world.  Through this A Level they are able to treat the subject as an academic discipline by developing knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to a specialist study of religion.  Students develop the ability to be enquiring, critical and reflective and form and challenge their own values, opinions and attitudes in the light of their learning.

Component 1: Philosophy of religion and ethics

Section A Philosophy of religion

  • Arguments for the existence of God
  • Evil and suffering
  • Religious experience
  • Religious language
  • Miracles
  • Self and life after death

Section B Ethics and religion

  • Ethical theories
  • Issues of human life and death
  • Issues of animal life and death
  • Introduction to meta ethics
  • Free will and moral responsibility
  • Conscience
  • Bentham and Kant

Component 2: Study of religion and dialogues

Section A: Study of religion – Christianity:

  • Sources of wisdom and authority
  • God/gods/ultimate reality
  • Self, death and the afterlife
  • Good conduct and key moral principles
  • Expression of religious identity
  • Religion, gender and sexuality
  • Religion and science
  • Religion and secularisation
  • Religion and religious pluralism

Section B: The dialogue between philosophy of religion and religion.

  • How religion is influenced by, and has an influence on philosophy of religion in relation to the issues studied.

Section C: The dialogue between ethical studies and religion.

  • How religion is influenced by, and has an influence on ethical studies in relation to the issues studied.

Assessed by two written exams both three hours long.