Religion, Philosophy and Ethics (RPE)
- Average Point Score: 4.0
- English Language GCSE Grade 4
- Mr Hives
- Mrs Ward
- Mr Holt
- Mrs Ahmed-Swift
Students who excel in Religion, Philosophy and Ethics do not need to be of a faith background. They are students who are inquisitive, articulate, able to connect with higher order thinking and can create persuasive arguments. Studying Religious Studies at GCSE will be an advantage.
Our course is 100% exam based. Students will sit 1 exam in each of the 3 areas studied (Religion, Philosophy and Ethics.) Each account for an equal weighting of the final mark at 33.3% each.
Religion: The choice of religion at Crompton House is Christianity. Within the Christianity component students will look at Christian beliefs, wisdom, practices and social developments – including secularism, science, feminist and liberationist approaches. Topics studied include: redaction criticism of the birth narratives, attitudes to wealth, migration, the charismatic movement. We shall ask ourselves searching questions such as ‘Is God male?’
Philosophy: Is the study of knowledge, reality, and existence. It looks at life’s bigger questions. In this part of the course you will study topics on philosophy of religion including: Arguments for the existence of God and their criticisms, psychology of religion (is religion a product of the human mind?), the problem of evil, religious language and religious experience. Within all of these topics you will look at the philosophers who have argued for and against the issue and be working to develop a personalised opinion on which philosopher has the strongest argument.
Ethics: Is a moral philosophy looking at what is the ‘right’ thing to do. It explores whether morality is absolute or relative depending on the time, place or situation. It looks at teleological and deontological approaches to moral decision making including Utilitarianism, Situation Ethics, Ethical Egoism, Virtue Ethics and Natural Moral Law. You will also explore the ideas of free will and determinism and explore the impact that this has on peoples moral responsibility – If people are not free can they be held to account for their actions when they couldn’t have chosen otherwise?