Religion, Philosophy & Ethics (RPE)
Who are we?
Head of Department – Mr N Theodosiou
Teachers – Mrs R Allison, Mrs R Henson
What do we do?
Studying Religion, Philosophy and Ethics (RPE) helps students to understand aspects of cultural and religious difference, while challenging and extending their views of themselves and people in the world around them. RPE encourages students to be self-aware, respectful and open-minded, so they can learn to appreciate wonder through asking some of life’s biggest philosophical questions. The subject helps pupils develop key literacy skills such as description, explanation and evaluation. Also, it equips them with a set of life skills such as, independent research, resilience, responsibility and working with others to solve problems.
Key Stage 3: Years 7 and 8
In Key Stage 3 students study across a range of aspects of world religions, philosophy, moral and ethical topics.
- Spirited Arts Project
- Looking for Truth
- Alternative Thinking and Beliefs
- Places of Worship
- Evil and Suffering
- Ethics – Holocaust education
The units are project based and as an NHTS learner, progress will be made through a balanced mix of academic and life skills. All students are assessed on their progress in line with the school’s assessment cycles. They will demonstrate this through extended writing that examines description, explanation and evaluation skills, as building blocks to Key Stage 4 Study.
Key stage 4: Years 9, 10 and 11
GCSE Full Course – Option Choice
Students have the option at the end of Year 9 to take the AQA Religious Studies GCSE Full course, as part of one of their GCSE option choices. Students follow the AQA Religious Studies A course. In Year 10, students study Christianity and Buddhism, Beliefs, Teachings and Practices. The GCSE also covers four philosophical and ethical units, the existence of God and Revelation, Religion and Life, Relationships and Families and Religion, Peace and Conflict. Students are examined at the end of Year 11 through 2 papers, 1 hour 45 minutes each. The examination questions asses description, explanation and evaluation skills.
Core Religion Philosophy and Ethics (Drop Down Days)
The religious education, alongside the personal, social, health and citizenship education (PSHCE) is delivered by a team of specialist teachers though collapsed timetable days, which we call Drop Down Days, in both years 10 and 11. We will cover a range of RPE themes where student will be involved in expressing their views and opinions, also participating in problem solving through moral and ethical dilemmas.
A day in the life…
RPE students are engaged by highly thought provoking ideas and topics, which are introduced each lesson by visual stimuli. Students are encouraged to contribute to discussions and debates sharing different ideas, practising their abilities to describe, explain and evaluate viewpoints. Students also participate in either, written, creative or project based activities to express their ideas about the topics. The RPE teachers help to facilitate discussions and encourage self, peer or teacher assessed exercises.
Students can choose to study an A Level in Religion, Philosophy and Ethics, which can lead into a BA Honors degree in RPE. Huddersfield post-16 colleges and The University of Huddersfield offer RPE courses for further study