Citizenship, Philosophy and Ethics

Citizenship is taught in Years 7 and 8. It gives students an insight into the real world and their place in it. We study issues that relate to the modern world, often making good use of local and national news to underpin our discussions and debates.

Studying citizenship can lead to philosophy and ethics study at GCSE which is one of the most varied subjects that students can opt for.

In this course students study a range of contemporary, moral issues investigating issues including; euthanasia, animal rights, the death penalty and abortion. Students are taught to examining their own opinions about and the opinions of others.

We also look at some ‘big questions’ in life such as what happens when we die? Does life have a meaning and purpose? How can I be sure I exist?

The A-level in philosophy and ethics takes this learning further. Students go on an adventure from ancient Greek philosophy, to modern-day philosophy and investigate ethical systems such as utilitarianism and natural law.

I like talking about what happens in the world. It makes me feel better about some of the horrible things that happen.
Year 8 student

Potential career paths and further study

The skills developed in Key Stages 3 - 5 can complement virtually any career that students have in mind. There is a lot of in-depth critical thinking, assessment, analysis and evaluation of theories and philosophers, as well as explaining viewpoints different to our own.

Students studying citizenship/philosophy and ethics can go on to great things, including work in law, journalism and the media, the emergency services, forensics, working within charities at home and abroad and museum work to name but a few.

I liked doing the 'We love Bedlington' project. It made me want to look after my town.
Year 7 student