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Philosophy, Ethics, Religion

Department Overview

At Horbury Academy the Philosophy, Ethics and Religion department is staffed by a team of experienced and specialist teachers. Our core values are the promotion of the values of justice and respect for all.  We tackle the most important questions in life and play a part in developing a student’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness.

We are keen to help students to become successful and independent learners through a variety of teaching and learning methods.  Philosophy, Ethics and Religion is no longer about people in the past but about different cultures and faiths here in Wakefield in the 21st century.

Curriculum Leader: Mrs R France

Key Stage 3

Teaching and learning within this key stage is based upon the Wakefield Agreed Syllabus. 

Topics covered include:

Origins of the world                                         
Life after death                                                
Responses to suffering                                   
Rites of passage                                             
Special journeys
The concepts of forgiveness and justice
Special buildings and holy books
The existence of God
Marriage and the family

Key Stage 4


GCSE Ethics Philosophy and Religion

We deliver the AQA Syllabus A Religious Studies examination. This is assessed by two exams of equal weighting and the course enables students to study a combination of religions and modern day ethical and moral issues from different points of view.

The course is split into two separate units.

Unit 1

Students study the beliefs, teachings and practices of Christianity and Judaism. They must understand the influence of these religions on individuals, communities and societies. They must also be aware of the Key moral principles of each religion including justice, the sanctity of life, healing the world, charity and kindness to others.

Unit 2

Students study 4 religious philosophical and ethical themes chosen from the list below.

Relationships and families

This module covers sex, marriage and divorce as well as the nature, purpose and contemporary issues facing families.

Religion and life

In this unit students study the origins of the universe, the environment, animal rights, and the value of life through the topics of abortion and euthanasia.

Religion peace and conflict

This theme looks at war, terrorism, peace, weapons of mass destruction and pacifism.

Religion Crime and punishment

Here students study different types and causes of crime. Why do we punish people, forgiveness and the treatment of criminals?

Religion human rights and social justice

In this final module students will look at human rights, prejudice and discrimination, including racism, sexism, as well as wealth and poverty in the UK and abroad.

How the Philosophy, Ethics and Religion Department actively promotes British Values through the curriculum

Our ethos is to actively promote the fundamental British values of truth, justice, mutual respect and tolerance.  We aim to prepare students for life in modern Britain. Through our mantra of “Respect For All”, our programmes of study seek to reduce and challenge all forms of prejudice and discrimination. We encourage students to express their opinions in the true spirit of British democracy and to challenge false stereotypes.