Philosophy, Theology and Ethics at Bede Academy is underpinned by the Big Story of the Bible. Within the Big Story, the concept of ‘salvation’ is at the heart of our curriculum from KS2-KS5 as a learning metanarrative. We want students to understand how religious and non-religious believers grapple with the ‘truth’ of life and salvation both socially and theologically, and how this ultimately influences their worldview both philosophically and ethically. Throughout KS3, there is a particular focus given to the ‘Big Story’ of Christianity, however this does not come at the expense of other living world religious and non-religious worldviews which are studied rigorously as students progress throughout each Key Stage. We want students to study and grapple with the variety of truth claims offered throughout 21st century Britain and beyond. Philosophy, Theology and Ethics as disciplines are rigorous and comparative, therefore we want our students to engage with sources of authority across the six major world religions and beyond!


As we identify the key knowledge students should master in PTE we think carefully about how we want students to think as philosophers/ theologians/ethicists.


We want students to:

  • Be able to philosophically enquire about life’s big questions linked to identity, purpose, existence and nature of the divine, discerning truth and goodness, the world and how we live in it.
  • Develop personal responses to the line of enquiry found within Abrahamic and Dharmic faiths.
  • Critically evaluate religious answers and other world views including humanism and atheism.
  • Explore ethical and moral responsibility from a range of religious viewpoints and perspectives, including community cohesion.
  • Ultimately, analyse how salvation motivates religious and non-religious beliefs and practice.


The PTE is sequenced around the following key concepts:

  • God
  • Creation
  • Fall
  • People of God
  • Incarnation
  • Gospel
  • Salvation
  • Kingdom of God


Subjects include GCSE Religious Studies and A-level Religious Studies.

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