Introduction to Philosophy, Religion and Ethics

Plashet is non-denominational school. RE is known as Philosophy, Religion and Ethics (PRE) and is intended to be suitable for all students. Learning in the department has a strong Philosophical and Ethical basis, in addition to the study of all six major world religions and consideration of other secular views.

Students are expected to show respect and understanding of the views of others and to reflect upon their own experiences. Our approach actively encourages our students to engage positively in wider society, religion and culture and, in this respect; it is designed to be of worth to pupils from any or no religious background. In developing the skills of analysis, interpretation, evaluation and empathy our aim is to bring learning to life and establish the qualities of critical-thinking, mutual respect, toleration, understanding and engagement with our community and wider society.


In KS3, your daughter can expect to study a wide range of Philosophy, Religion and Ethical topics including: the existence of God, animal rights, war and peace, religious stories, religion and society (Northern Ireland case study). They will also study the Key beliefs in Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Hinduism; they will be able to apply these key beliefs to philosophical themes and ethical questions. Enabling them to understand and reflect on the complex multi-faith society we live in. PRE at Key Stage 3 is based on the Newham Agreed Syllabus and the non-statutory National Curriculum Guidelines.

Exam Board and Syllabus – AQA Religious Studies (8062)

In Key Stage 4 all students study the AQA GCSE Religious Studies qualification. This is split into two papers:

  • Paper 1: Religious beliefs and practices; Christianity and Islam

In Year 10, all students will study core beliefs and practices in Christianity and Islam, this includes studying denominations within both religions; Sunni and Shia Islam, Protestant and Catholic Christianity.

  • Paper 2: Thematic paper.

In Year 11, all students will begin the ‘themes’ paper, studying this in two lessons per week. This paper examines some key philosophical questions: the problem of evil and suffering, the arguments for the existence of God, miracles and divine revelation, immortality and the conflict between science and religion, the environment, animal rights, euthanasia, abortion, and issues of peace and conflict.

Each paper is 1 hour and 45 minutes long and contains a combination of questions weighted at between 1 and 12 marks.

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