Ethics and Philosophy

GCSE offers students the opportunity for the thematic study of religion and religious responses to fundamental questions of life. This subject is suitable for candidates of any religious persuasion or none.

Haydock High students study AQA Religious Studies Specification B Ethics, Philosophy and Religion in Society. This GCSE encourages students to develop their interest and enthusiasm for the study of religion and the relationship between religion and the wider world and to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of religion by exploring the impact of beliefs, teachings, practices, ways of life and forms of expressing meaning.

Further to this, students are encouraged to express their personal responses and informed insights on fundamental questions about identity, belonging, meaning, purpose, truth, values and commitments.

The Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural curriculum is followed throughout the Key Stage 4 GCSE curriculum.

Assessment Without Levels

The following document highlights the skills required to meet each grade using our new Assessment Without Levels system.

Ethics and Philosophy - Assessment Without Levels

Curriculum and Content Skills


Name of Module/Unit

Year 9

Term 1 Religion and Family
Term 2 Religion, War and Peace
Term 3 Christianity: Beliefs and Practices 

Year 10

Autumn 1 Medical Ethics

Autumn 2 Medical Ethics
Spring 1 Religion and animal rights
Spring 2 Religion and animal rights
Summer 1 Religion, war and peace
Summer 2 Religion, war and peace
Ethics and Philosophy Staff
Miss R. Edwards Head of Department 
Mrs R LaurieTeacher of Ethics and Philosophy
Mrs K. Finnigan Teacher of Ethics and Philosophy
Mrs K Woosey Teacher of Ethics and Philosophy
Miss M Montgomery Teacher of Ethics and Philosophy
Mr R Forrest Teacher of Ethics and Philosophy
Mrs J Vernon-Tinsley Teacher of Ethics and Philosophy
Mr A McCullah Teacher of Ethics and Philosophy
Mr S Kehoe Teacher of Ethics and Philosophy

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