Ethics and Philosophy

Head of Department - Miss Cowley

Charlotte Cowley is Lead Teacher of Ethics and Philosophy and also teaches A Level Sociology. She graduated from the University of Bath with a degree in Sociology and trained to teach at the University of Buckingham. Charlotte has been at The Cottesloe School since 2015, after completing her training year here.

Emma Cox is Professional Development Leader and teaches Ethics and Philosophy KS3, 4 and A Level. She graduated from the University of Northampton and completed her teacher training at the University of Newcastle. Emma has taught at The Cottesloe School since 2009.

Miriam Lay teaches Ethics and Philosophy at all key stages, as well as teaching A -Level Sociology. Miriam graduated from University of Chichester and completed her teacher training at Edge Hill University. She has been teaching at The Cottesloe School since 2015 after teaching at Queensbury School in Dunstable.

Year 7

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

The Island - Introduction

The Big Story - Christianity

Hindu Worship

Pilgrimage - Islam

Justice - Key Religious Leaders

The Environment

Year 8

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Moral Codes for Living

The Philosophy of Identity

Sikh ways of Life

Martin Luther King

Ethical dilemmas in the 21st century

Holocaust Studies - Willesden Lane


Subject Overview
When studying Ethics and Philosophy at The Cottesloe School, students are encouraged to embark upon a quest for answers to ultimate questions, such as ‘What happens when we die?’ and ‘Does God exist?’. The main focus of the department is to develop the critical thinking skills in our students and facilitate their exploration of not only religion and religious ways of life, but also key moral and ethical dilemmas that may face the world within the 21st century. Through a wide and varied curriculum, students are encouraged to reflect on their opinions and beliefs, as well as challenging the views of others. Students in the Ethics and Philosophy department will study teachings, practices and forms of expression, as well as the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures. They are required to evaluate issues of truth, beliefs, faith and ethics and communicate these through a variety of methods. Engaging in Ethics and Philosophy at The Cottesloe School equips young people with skills they need to be considerate and conscientious members of the local and global community, whilst also developing their own strong sense of self at they grow.

GCSE - AQA Religious Studies a full course
A-Level AQA Religious Studies.

Taking Ethics and Philosophy further
An A- Level in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics is highly regarded by universities and is excellent preparation for degrees in Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies, PPE Sociology and Law. Graduates in these subjects may go on to careers in Law, Civil Service, Foreign Office, Teaching and Politics . The Ethical theories studied in this A Level are also highly relevant to degrees in Medicine, Science and Business. We have had students studying Philosophy achieve A*s and go on to attend King's College London and Cambridge University.

Extra-Curricular Activities/Trips
As a department, we aim to take students on many trips throughout the course of their Ethics and Philosophy journey. We carry the ‘Beacon School’ status for Holocaust Education awarded by University College London, and so run trips to Auschwitz and Treblinka. We also attend places of worship such as Milton Keynes Gurdwara, Bow Church and Milton Keynes Islamic centre. We also aim to invite guest speakers in to lessons where we can, not to mention the Holocaust survivor talk that we were lucky enough to be involved with.

Recommended Reading
AQA GCSE (9-1) Religious Studies Specification A (ISBN-13: 9781471866852)
Religious Studies A: Judaism (ISBN-13: 978-0-19-837036-9)
Religious Studies A: Christianity (ISBN-13: 978-0-19-837033-8)

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