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What is it to be an EP student at BCHS?


As an EP student you will:

- Study religious and social beliefs and values

- Careful  & considerate

- Personally reflective

- Appreciative of others

- Appreciative of beliefs and values in modern society

- Tolerant and accepting and knowing of the difference

- Ethically and morally aware


All students study a wide range of ethical and philosophical dilemmas whether studying Core EP or option GCSE (Religious Studies).

Students will learn through discussion, debate, appreciation of other lifestyles and opinions, consolidated through written tasks that promote clarity of writing.

GCSE OCR 9-1 studying Christian and Judaism.



Students develop critical thinking skills. A deep and broad understanding of types of moral reasoning combined with analytical and discursive writing skills.

They also are encouraged to address personal preconceptions in a supportive and nurturing academic environment.

Student study OCR Religious Studies GCE: Philosophy of Religion; Religion and ethics; Developments in religious thought


Subject Overview - Year 7-11

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  • Belonging
  • Family & Love
  • Belief
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Expressing meaning
  • Stewardship

Year 8 overview

  • Introduction to Christianity
  • Introduction to Judaism
  • Alternative religions
  • Rich and poor
  • Religion and art
  • Pilgrimage

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  • Religious Expression in Society
  • Religion & Architecture
  • Religion & the Media
  • Humanism
  • Is religion dangerous
  • Human Rights

Year 9/10 overview

  • Christian Beliefs
  • Christian Practices
  • Jewish Beliefs
  • Jewish Practices
  • Relationships & family

Year 11 overview

  • Existence of God
  • Religion, Peace & Conflict
  • Dialogue within and between religious and non-religious beliefs and attitudes
  • Revision


Subject Overview - Sixth Form

Philosophy of Religion overview

  • Ancient philosophical influences
  • The nature of the soul, mind and body
  • Arguments about the existence of or non-existence of God
  • The nature and impact of religious experience
  • The challenge for religious belief of the problem of evil
  • Ideas about the nature of God
  • Issues in religious language

Religion and ethics overview

  • Normative ethical theories
  • The application of ethical theory to two contemporary issues of importance
  • Ethical language and thought
  • Debates surrounding the significant idea of conscience
  • Sexual ethics and the influence on ethical thought of developments in religious beliefs

Developments in Christian religious thought

  • Religious beliefs, values and teachings, their interconnections and how they vary historically and in the contemporary world
  • Sources of religious wisdom and authority
  • Practices which shape and express religious identity, and how these vary within a tradition
  • Significant social and historical developments in theology and religious thought
  • Key themes related to the relationship between religion and society

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Philosophy club runs on a weekly basis where students are encouraged to bring issues that can be delved into further, beyond the normal curriculum.



How do we contribute to PHSEE, British Values and SMSC?

All lessons have ethical and moral considerations that concern international values, social structures and personal awareness.



What careers does EP support?

  • Teaching
  • Nursing
  • Medicine
  • International Business
  • Banking
  • Retail
  • Any city job that involves appreciation of others’ beliefs and values.

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