Philosophy & Ethics shows universities and employers that you understand the world, life and people. It therefore allows you to acquire and develop skills that all jobs need. Furthermore, it not only provides you with academic skills but it also gives you life skills – it prepares you for life in the present and future.
e.g. This is a three year GCSE course which consists of 2 units and 8 sections:
Unit 2 - Religion and Life:
Throughout the above unit we will also need to analyse how some of the issues covered have been shown in programmes/films like: Bruce Almighty, Holby City, The Da Vinci Code, Evan Almighty, The Most Hated Family in America, The Vicar of Dibley, Ghost, Waterloo Road, Mrs Doubtfire, and Hidden Lives.
Unit 8 - Religion and Society:
Examination – Two papers on separate days, which last 1 hour 45 minutes each. These make up 100% of the final grade and achieve a GCSE in R.S.
The skills and knowledge you obtain will set you apart from the crowd when you apply for higher education or employment. It shows you are a well-rounded individual. This subject can lead to a career in:
Law, Counselling, Social Services, Teaching and/or Lecturing, Criminology, Police Force, Medicine, Child/Adult Psychology, Management and Business, and many more.
Each fortnight you will be timetabled for five periods of 60 minutes each.
These will be used to achieve a number of subject aims:
Successful students need be imaginative, creative and positive. Students must be organised and prepared to work hard in their own time. Patience and peristence are key virtues, as is the ability to take criticism positively. Successful students need to be open, expressive and committed.
GCSE students are encouraged to work over an extended period of time on the development of their projects. This process is broken down into easily understood targets by the Art teacher and requires a mature and independent approach from the student in order to be successful.
Students should always have a set of personal targets to complete – these targets are likely to be detailed on the student’s Progress Log and found on the task lists in their sketchbook.
Ask your son/daughter about their artwork and their ideas. Take them to galleries and to places where they can gather photographs for their work. Provide them with materials and tools, and try to sort out a space in the house for them to study. Finally, ask to see their Progress Logs – it’s all there!
The Art Department opens its doors daily to students to come and work at break, lunchtime and after school on Tuesdays & Thursdays. We regularly arrange Saturday Workshops, sometimes inviting specialist artists to deliver a master class. There are many other opportunities to be involved more in Art such as mural painting, Rock Challenge set design and Saatchi Online (www.saatchionline.com/shtc)