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Philosophy, Politics and Ethics

What will I Learn?

Philosophy, Politics and Ethics (PPE) is an exciting and popular new subject taught to Year 7 to Year 9.

Philosophy, Politics and Ethics cultivates pupils that are creative, critical, collaborative and caring thinkers. Through debate and discussion they develop the ability to reason, communicate and reflect, form their own judgements, express themselves coherently and construct well-argued, well informed, structured arguments. PPE enables pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence. Through covering many topical issues, pupils will develop their ability to form and critique different arguments and points of view from a variety of philosophical, political and ethical perspectives.

Pupils are encouraged to engage with questions of belief, value, meaning, purpose and truth and their impact on human life. They are challenged to reflect, develop and analyse their own values, beliefs and attitudes enabling them to prepare for adult life in a pluralistic society and global community. They are enabled to understand the impact of belief and actions on individuals, communities and societies. Further, pupils learn how to act responsibly and learn the value and importance of making a positive impact on the lives of other people.

PPE enhances all pupils’ spiritual and moral development, and contributes to their health and wellbeing.

Year 7


  • An introduction to philosophy.
  • What does it mean to be human?
  • What is knowledge?
  • The Moral Argument


  • The Divine Command Theory

  • The Golden and Silver Rule


  • The role of the Prime Minister
  • Parliament

Year 8


  • Plato’s Cave
  • What is reality?
  • Religious Experience


  • Situation Ethics
  • Utilitarian Ethics


  • Political Parties
  • Pressure Groups

Year 9


  • The role of Miracles
  • The problem of Evil and Suffering
  • The Philosophies of William Wilberforce


  • Capital Punishment
  • War


  • Elections
  • Democracy


The GCSE course provides an opportunity to reflect on and discuss the big questions we face in life and broaden our understanding of the world around us. Through the depth of topical issues, pupils will develop their ability to form and critique different arguments and points of view from a variety of religious and philosophical perspectives. They will develop their knowledge and understanding of Christianity and Islam and non-religious beliefs. Pupils apply their knowledge and understanding in order to analyse questions related to religious beliefs and values.

Edexcel Unit 2: Christianity

  • Believing in God
  • Matters of Life and Death
  • Marriage and the Family
  • Religion and Community Cohesion

Edexcel Unit 8: Christianity and Islam

  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Environmental and Medical Ethics
  • Crime and Punishment
  • War and Peace