See our Philosophy & Religious Studies Curriculum below at Bentley Wood for KS3, KS4 and KS5
Trips and visits:
We offer occasional trips to the National Gallery, and Philosophy Conference trips to Universities for extension purposes, though this is more common at A-level and GCSE.
Key Stage 4 & 5 / Career Progression:
AQA GCSE in R.S. & Philosophy (R.S. with a good measure of Philosophy to stretch and engage)
A Level Philosophy is offered at Bentley Wood.
Philosophy Graduates go into many fields, such as Politics, International Relations, Law, Journalism, Media, IT, Business, Medicine, Social Work, Science, Literature, Music, Film, and any field where the ability to think well, logically, and ‘outside the box’ is key. Some examples are below:
Year 7 Course Content:
Year 8 Course Content:
GCSE Philosophy & Religious Studies
Examining Board: AQA – Religious Studies specification A
Component 1: The Study of Religions: Beliefs, Teachings and Practices
Component 2: Thematic Studies Philosophical and Ethical themes
Aims of Course:
Method of Assessment:
2 x 1 hour 45-minute examinations taken at the end of Year 11. There is no coursework.
Key Stage 5 Progression/ Career Prospects:
A Level Philosophy is offered at Bentley Wood (not Religious Studies). Careers pursued by students of Philosophy are varied and extraordinary. Ex-students of Philosophy include: politicians, musicians and CEOs.
AQA GCSE Religious Studies A: Christianity and Buddhism Revision Guide by Marianne Fleming, Nagapriya, and Peter Smith
Is Philosophy the subject for you?
Philosophy is a subject for those who like asking “why”. In Philosophy we don’t tend to deal with questions that have easy answers. If you feel comfortable questioning your long held assumptions, are a reflective person, and have an imagination, Philosophy may well be the subject for you! The study of Philosophy will provide you with fresh and interesting perspectives on the world around you.
In the AS year we cover ‘Epistemology’ and ‘Philosophy of Religion’. In the first unit we examine where ideas and knowledge come from. Does knowledge come from Reason (like Maths) or our senses (like Science)? Can we know anything at all? Do we perceive the world as it really is and how does perception work? In ‘Ethics’, the rational study of morality and values, we study theories of morality. We apply these theories to things like stealing, stimulated killing (in computing games and films), and status of animals.
In A2 we study ‘Philosophy of Mind’ and ‘Philosophy of Religion.’ In Philosophy of Mind we examine what consciousness might be. Consciousness is still one of the biggest mysteries of Philosophy and Science. What is the Mind? Is it a non- physical ‘soul’? What is the relationship between mind and brain? Can we create computers that think (Artificial Intelligence)? In the second unit we examine questions which you were introduced to in your GCSE in much more detail. Is there any good reason to believe a God exists? Does morality come from a God’s decisions, or are things good and bad independently of God?
Methods of study
The ability to express oneself in both written and verbal contexts is essential in the study of Philosophy. Dialogue is vital and you will be trained to argue in a constructive, logical manner. Exams are in the form of shorter questions, and longer essays. You will spend a lot of time prior to exams “translating” philosophical ideas and expressing them in your own terms. You will read some of the greatest thinkers of all time, as well as the excellent textbook.
How will it be examined?
AS qualification will count towards the final grade of an A Level (Legacy).
Philosophy is offered at most Universities and tends to attract smart, imaginative people. It is often combined with another subject, such as English, Psychology, Law, Politics, Science, History and many more. Philosophy doesn’t equip you for just one role in life, but gives you important skills highly prized in many roles. For example, Philosophers are taught to think and reason better, to analyse, to evaluate, and to write and speak articulately. They can think sharply and clearly about issues they confront. It’s like a course in intellectual self-defence! Employers value philosophy students’ ability to think quickly. Philosophy students often find themselves working in sectors as diverse as medicine, law, business, politics, and media.