Politics, Philosophy & Ethics

Curriculum Intent

Philosophy and Ethics affect all people throughout their lives. Whether a person is religious or not we are constantly faced with big questions about life. It is our aim at Alderbrook to provide a safe, respectful environment for questions to be explored. Our students learn to think for themselves about their view of the world they live in. Alongside this students have the opportunity to learn about and from other people’s views, opinions and faiths.

The RE department has one full time specialist teacher, one part time specialist teacher and five none specialist staff.

Curriculum Implementation

Key Stage 3

Year 7

All the groups in Key stage 3 are mixed ability.

The curriculum is based upon the requirements of Solihull SACRE.

In year 7 students look at the following BIG questions:

Where do we look for God?

How did religions start?

Why Jesus is called Savior?

How do Christians apply Bible texts to the world today?

What does it mean to experience awe and wonder?

Year 8

In year 8 students look at the following:

Is caring for people more important than caring for the environment?

Why do people worship in different ways?

Why is Muhammed important to Muslims?

How far is suffering caused by human action?

Where do I fit into my community/ faith community?

For each module in key stage 3, the pupils’ books are marked at least once each half term, and there are also one or more paper-based assessments during each half term which are marked.

Key Stage 4

All Key Stage 4 groups are mixed ability.

Examination Board:   AQA

The Syllabus will cover:

Christian Beliefs

Christian Practices

Muslim Beliefs

Muslim Practices

Religion, Peace and Conflict

Religion, Relationships and Families

Religion, Crime and Punishment

Religion, Human Rights and Social Justice.

All pupils follow the course as it is compulsory. The religious education at Alderbrook complies with the 1944 and 1988 Education Acts, and amendments. It is taught in line with the statutory Solihull Agreed Syllabus 2008, and the syllabus specification which we follow is fully mapped in line with this. The teaching of religious education also follows the Governors’ Policy for Religious Education. The school teaches the subject in a non-confessional way, giving dignity, respect and integrity to each of the world religions studied.



Key Stage 5

Exam Board: Edexcel

Why A-Level Politics?

Politics is everything. From our daily interactions to military invasions and nuclear deterrents. Politics is about power. Politics A-Level is about understanding the root of that power and how Government policies on education, healthcare and civil liberties are made.

Youth engagement in Politics in the UK is an issue. It has been estimated that only 36 per cent of people in the 18 – 24 year old category voted in the EU referendum, yet it is that age group that will be most impacted by the vote. Politics A-Level is part of the remedy to this disengagement.

By investing in Political debate and keeping abreast of current affairs students will develop key communication and research skills and analytical skills will be honed as students evaluate political concepts and arguments from competing and sometimes controversial perspectives.

What will you study?

Politics A-Level covers a wide range of content, from the very basics of the UK political system and voting patterns, to the grander ‘Beacon of Democracy’ that is the political system of the USA. The competing ideologies and thinkers that have shaped these systems are considered in detail against the backdrop of current affairs as the Political landscape changes around us during the course.

University degrees that require or often prefer Politics include:

Politics, History, Classics, English Literature, Economics, Media, Journalism, Travel and Tourism, Law, Psychology and Sociology.

Entry requirements:

Minimum 6 grade in English Language or grade 6  in History where applicable.

“Anyone who says they are not interested in politics is like a drowning man who insists he is not interested in water.”

Mahatma Gandhi


Extra-Curricular Opportunities

Pupils have the opportunity outside the classroom to discuss aspects of their work which concern them.

Year 11 students are welcome to attend a study session on a Tuesday after school.

Skills for Success and Career Opportunities

GCSE RE helps students develop many skills. These include; understanding, empathy, evaluation, analysis, reflection, expression, interpretation and investigation.

In terms of vocational pathways, the course is seen as a good introduction to issues which affect all human beings and human thought processes. Past students have gone on to Oxbridge, the Russell Group and have gone on to such careers as doctors, dentists, solicitors, barristers, teachers and even rock musicians. Careers which have specifically identified religious education as being a desirable subject, and into which past students have progressed, include: the police, the armed forces, the civil service, banking, social services, local government and retail management.

Contact the Head of Department

For further information, please contact Mrs Alison Badger.