Philosophy & Ethics
“The unexamined life is not worth living” - Socrates
What created the creator? What happens when we die? What is the purpose of life? Is it really acceptable to kill?
Big questions require a complex set of skills to answer.
Philosophy and Ethics at Epsom and Ewell enables students to investigate, question and debate key theological, sociological and philosophical issues; encouraging students to develop their own trails of thought using existing thinking as a starting point in order to attempt to form answers to questions like this.
We encourage students to question and criticise views that they disagree with in a safe environment and using these skills to help support their written exam answers at GCSE and beyond. The skills students develop in Philosophy and Ethics help support their writing across other areas of the school whilst encouraging young learners to develop into young thinkers.
Current year 11 students will continue to follow the OCR Religious Studies 9-1 GCSE Full Course. Some areas that students are encouraged to investigate include but are not limited to: issues of life and death, medical ethics, moral issues of right and wrong, the impact of religion and the existence or non-existence of God.
Current Year 9 and 10 students have begun to follow the AQA Religious Studies 9-1 GCSE Full Course. Students consider the implications of justice, conflict and relationships on the moral decisions that we make. Students will further consider the impact of religious beliefs on our understanding of morality and questions of existence.
Students at A-level follow the AQA Religious Studies A-Level, this is a popular subject and enables students to enhance and develop high order thinking skills that universities look for in successful applicants. Students develop these skills through investigations into ethics, theology and philosophy.
Course specifications can be viewed by clicking on the links below.