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Philosophy & Religious Studies

In Philosophy and Religious studies we explore and discuss beliefs, our own personal journeys and the big ideas about the world. The subject offers a fascinating insight into a range of both ethical and philosophical issues, as well as different beliefs and practices. Our students have the opportunity to discuss, explore and value different opinions and views in a safe and respectful environment.

At Key Stage 4, Philosophy and Religious Studies is a core subject, with all students following the AQA GCSE Specification A.  The course encourages students to develop their evaluative and analytical skills essential for success in higher education. Lessons provide regular opportunities for students to discuss and debate their viewpoints and the views of others, and develop an awareness and understanding of moral and spiritual beliefs.

Key Stage 3

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Ultimate Questions Values and Ethics Crime and Punishment
The Big Story Evil and suffering Christian Beliefs
Introduction to Islam Medical Ethics Origin and Value of the Universe
Hinduism Human Rights  
Humanism Is religion a source for peace or conflict?  

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4 - a core subject that all students undertake as a full GCSE

Exam Board: AQA Spec A: Code 8062 – 100% exam

Component 1: The Study of religions: Beliefs, Teachings and Practices

  • Christianity
  • Islam

Component 2: Thematic Studies

  • Religion, Peace and Conflict
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Religion, Human rights and Social Justice
  • The existence of God and Revelation
  • Religion and Life


  • At KS3 there is the opportunity to visit our local church in connection to our ‘Big Story’ unit, as well at the Hindu Mandir at Neasden.
  • At KS4 we visit London central Mosque to learn about belief and practices to support the Islamic element of the GCSE
  • We also offer a trip to our GCSE option students to London to take part in a conference looking at the importance of PRS for their futures. They also get the opportunity to meet students from other schools and discuss their ideas.

Philosophy & Religious Studies Department

Subject Leader Mrs A Sharp (Maternity Leave)
Acting Subject Leader Miss S Tullett
Acting Assistant Subject Leader/KS3 Co-ordinator Miss M van der Merwe
  Mr O Adedeji-Emmanuel
  Mr A Varley


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