Key Stage 4 Belief and Ethics

Belief and Ethics is an engaging subject which provides opportunities for students to take part in debate, moral dilemmas and develop the skills to approach these in a mindful and respectful manner.  From discussing core issues surrounding religious faith, to engaging in debate surrounding nulear way, you’ll learn to develop and defend your own critical opinions within the context of global events which affect society today.

How is the subject taught?
The subject is taught over six hours per fortnight by subject specialists.

How will it help me in the future?
Belief and Ethics is relevant to a number of careers, including public services, healthcare, politics, social-work, teaching, journalism, etc. You will also gain subject knowledge and transferable skills which are excellent for a range of jobs, including critical thinking, leadership, problem solving and creativity.

What will I learn?
Students will study Christianity and one other world religion, including the origins of their beliefs, the afterlife and how they are practiced in modern society. These religions are then applied to four thematic topics, whereby religious and non-religious views are applied:
Religion and Life: Here students will explore issues surrounding life and death, including abortion, euthanasia and end of life care. We also study scientific and religious discrepancies, including arguments on how the world began, issues surrounding the environment, eating meat and animal testing.
Peace and Conflict: Students will explore the religious justifications for war, including modern examples of war, holy wars and terrorism. We will also study cases of those who oppose wars, including the work of pacifists and conscientious objectors. Students will develop an understanding of nuclear war and nuclear disarmament and the challenges this poses in society today.
Marriage and the Family: Students will explore religious and non-religious responses to marriage, divorce, same-sex relationships and gender equality. You will also consider varied responses to contraception, sex outside of marriage and roles within the family.
Crime and Punishment: Here students will study religious and non-religious attitudes to the treatment of criminals. Including why people cause evil and suffering and commit crime, the types and causes of crime and unjust laws. Students will also debate how offenders should be punished, including the use of corporal punishment, prison and the death penalty in the world today.

How am I assessed?
Students will sit a two 1-hour 45-minute exams in Year 11. Here you will be assessed by a range of set structure short and long questions.

Who can I speak to for more information?
For further information about Belief and Ethics please speak to Mrs Needham, Curriculum Area Leader: RSC

Key Stage 4 Citizenship

Citizenship Studies is taught over 6 hours per fortnight by a subject specialist and is useful for a wide range of careers as you will gain subject knowledge and transferrable skills which are excellent for the workplace.

What will I learn about?
Citizenship Studies is a fascinating subject that will help you both in and out of the working world. We will look at a range of issues in politics, active citizenship and law. Students will be able to make an active difference in their own community and to be able to critically evaluate their own work and that of others. The exam papers are a mixture of multiple choice questions, short answer questions, pre-released material and longer extended answers.

How will my work be assessed?

Unit 1: Active Citizenship
This includes a piece of pre-released material and a write up of an active citizenship campaign completed during the course.

Unit 2: Politics and Participation
Students will learn about local, national and international government and the role of the citizen in trying to make a difference.

Unit 3: Life in Modern Britain
What does it mean to be British? Our identity, the role of the Media; our role in international affairs and international organisations such as the United Nations.

Unit 4: Rights and Responsibilities 
What laws does a society need, what rights does a citizen have; how legal systems differ within the UK.

Students will take two 1 hour 45 minute exams, with each exam being worth 50% of the total grade. There is no controlled assessment or coursework element to this course. The exam board is AQA.

What future opportunities can this lead to?
This course is about a wide range of issues including British politics, the law, UK Citizenship issues, global issues, and ethical issues such as Human Rights and the Environment. A qualification in Citizenship will provide an excellent foundation to support a wide variety of different subjects and career pathways including working in politics, law, the armed forces, the police, local government and undertaking charity work. Due to the varied range of skills acquired in this subject a wide range of jobs will be available for an ever changing world.

Who can I speak to for more information?
For further information about Citizenship please speak to Mr Stevenson, Curriculum Area Leader: Enterprise

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