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Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

At Camborne Science and International Academy, Religion, Philosophy and Ethics plays a vital role in preparing students for adult life. Today’s children are growing up in a world beset by problems, and yet they have few opportunities to consider the big questions of life. Religious, Philosophy and Ethics is all about students’ personal development, allowing them to explore life’s big questions. It helps students to understand other people’s opinions and beliefs and develop both an introspective and outward looking view of the world in which we live.

Lessons are challenging and varied, with a broad spectrum of different activities, as well as trips and visits, cross curricular events and visiting speakers.

Why we study religion, Philosophy and Ethics:


  • provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self, the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.
  • enhances pupil’s awareness of religions and beliefs, teachings, practices and forms of expression, as well as of the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures.
  • encourages pupils to learn from different religions, beliefs, values and traditions, while exploring their own beliefs and questions of meaning.
  • challenges pupils to reflect on, consider, analyse, interpret and evaluate issues of truth, belief, faith and ethics and to communicate their response.
  • encourages pupils to develop their sense of identity and belonging. It enables them to flourish individually within their communities and as citizens in a pluralistic society and global community.
  • has an important role in preparing pupils for adult life, employment and life-long learning.
  • enables pupils to develop respect for and sensitivity to others, in particular those whose faith and beliefs are different from their own. It promotes discernment and enables pupils to combat prejudice.


Key Stage 3

Key stage 3 RPE consists of 3 units of work each year, which are based on themes that cover aspects of Christianity, Islam and Buddhism. RPE has two attainment targets; Learning about Religion and Learning from Religion. RPE is compulsory for all KS3 students and is delivered through a single 100 minute lesson per fortnight.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, RPE is compulsory for all students.  There are two different routes which students can take.

Route 1:  RPE is offered as an option subject.  Students opting for this subject study GCSE RPE in Years 9 and 10, and take their GCSE examination in Year 10.  In Year 11 they have the option to gain their AS Level qualification in Philosophy and Ethics. This option is studied through 3 lessons per fortnight.

Route 2:  Students not opting for RPE follow core RPE and take the short course GCSE examination in Year 11 (worth half a GCSE) This option is studied through one lesson per fortnight.

Key Stage 5

RPE is optional for all KS5 students. It can be studied through discreet lessons of five 100 minute sessions per fortnight. It is a popular choice at A Level, and is a vibrant, challenging and stimulating subject held in high regard by universities.

At AS Level our students cover two units of work. Philosophy of Religion focuses on ancient Greek influences on the philosophy of religion it looks at Judaeo-Christian influences on the philosophy of religion, traditional arguments for the existence of God and challenges to religious belief.

In the second unit of work, we  look at Religious Ethics, focusing on ethical theories and applied ethics topics.

At A2 Level our students cover two main units of work based on “Philosophy of Religion”, where they look at religious language, Experience and religion, Nature of God, Life and death and the Miracle. In a second unit, students look at Religious Ethics, focusing on Meta-Ethics, Free will and determinism, Conscience, Virtue ethics and Applied Ethics topics.
A2 RPE is assessed through the OCR exam board. Exams are based on the two units of work, one x 90 minute exam for Philosophy and one x 90 minute exam for Ethics.