• Introduction to Islam and beliefs
  • The 5 Pillars
  • Key Teachings
  • The Qur’an
  • The Mosque
  • Muslims in Britain

Introduction to Philosophy

  • Traditional Arguments for the existence of God (Cosmological, Teleological, Ontological)
  • Religion and Science
  • Life after Death and Near Death Experiences
  • The Supernatural


  • The life of the Buddha
  • Wisdom Stories
  • The Four Noble Truths
  • The Eightfold Path
  • Materialism and Consumerism
  • Ethics and Precepts
  • Buddhist Monks
  • Meditation
  • Rebirth

5 Pillars fill in sheet,

Examination of different arguments for and against a belief in God,

Presentation on Samsara and re-birth.

Skills: Presentation, examine, extended writing



  • Attitudes around sex and contraception
  • Religious views on Contraception
  • Christian views on Marriage
  • Same–sex Marriage
  • Arranged Marriages
  • Divorce

Medical Ethics

  • Sanctity of life
  • Different types of Assisted Conception
  • Religious attitudes towards Assisted Conception
  • Abortion
  • Embryology
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Therapeutic and Medical Cloning


  • Crime and Sin
  • Blasphemy
  • Shariah Law
  • Aims of Punishment
  • Forgiveness
  • Death Penalty
  • Debate

Relationships Game

Examine and compare differing views on one ethical issue studied

Skills: Examine and compare, develop opinions, reflect

The Dark Face of Religion

  • Extremism
  • Terrorists
  • Cults
  • New Religious Movements
  • The impact of Religion

Film and Faith

  • Bruce Almighty - God’s existence and qualities
  • The Da Vinci Code - Jesus and His importance

Has the impact of religion been generally positive or negative?

Skills: enquiry based, debate, evaluation.

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