Ethics and Morality

KS3 Ethics and Morality

Key Stage Three Ethics and Morality


Course outline

Ethics and Morality enables students to engage critically with significant ethical, philosophical and social issues in order to understand the world we live in more fully. Students learn about a wide range of religious beliefs and practices, including non-religious world views. They do this for the development of their knowledge, for their capacity to flourish in our diverse society, and for their growing understanding of their own identity and outlook. Students are encouraged to develop their own considered opinion, to articulate their views, and engage in productive dialogue and debate with others.

Students will learn how religious identity influences people’s lives and will be encouraged to express their own considered opinions about the nature and value of religion on people and the planet. Students will develop the skills of listening, speaking and discussing, as well as those of enquiry, analysis and evaluation.


Year 7

Term 1 What is Ethics and Morality? Including religious discrimination

Term 2 Festivals

Term 3 Should we give aid?

Term 4 Buddhism

Term 5 Religion in the Media

Term 6 Rites of Passage


Year 8

Term 1 New Religious Movements

Term 2 Is God a scientist?

Term 3 Crime and Punishment

Term 4 Sources of authority

Term 5 Sikhism

Term 6 Medical Ethics

Assessment and Progression

Grading system:

CAR Marking- Comment, Action, Response.

1-9 (9 is highest)



A combination of mid topic and end of topic, in class assessments.

One formal end of year assessment in Term 5.



Mrs G Hawthorne


Mrs A Scanlan


GCSE Religious Studies

This exciting course will challenge students with questions about belief, values, meaning, purpose and truth, enabling them to develop their own attitudes towards religious issues.  Students will also gain an appreciation of how religion, philosophy and ethics form the basis of our culture. They will develop analytical and critical thinking skills and the ability to work with abstract ideas. These skills will help them prepare for future study.


Students will be challenged with questions such as:

Is there a God?

Can God exist if there is so much evil and suffering in the world?

Why do Muslims pray five times a day?

Can euthanasia ever be justified?

Should we use the death penalty for some crimes?

Should charity begin at home?


The course is split into two components both assessed in Year 11.


Component 1: The study of religions, beliefs, teachings and practices

Students will learn about the beliefs, teachings and practices from Christianity and Islam.

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

50% of GCSE


Component 2: Thematic Studies

Students will study four religious, philosophical and ethical themes.

Theme A: Relationships and families

Theme B: Religion and Life

Theme E: Religion, crime and punishment

Theme F: Religion, human rights and social justice

Written Exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

50% of GCSE




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Assessment and Progression

Examination Board:  



Grading system:

1-9 (9 is highest)



2 final examinations


Paper 1 - The study of religion, beliefs, teachings and practices

1 hour 45 min exam

50% of GCSE


Paper 2 –Thematic Studies

1 hour 45 min exam

50% of GCSE


Exam questions are a mix of multiple-choice, short and long answers.


Progression to Post-16:

A-Level Religious Studies or Philosophy. Also useful for English and Sociology.


Future career links:

Any career involving working with people.



Mrs Hawthorne

Mrs Scanlan




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