Ethics and Philosophy

Ethics and Philosophy aims to give all pupils an understanding of the beliefs and practices of the six major world religions and how they have attempted to answer the fundamental questions about human life. We do not aim to indoctrinate in any way but we believe that in the modern world we need to understand different people and cultures. We don’t think it’s possible to make sense of world history or many modern world events without an understanding of the beliefs that underpin them.

Key Stage 3

We focus on the major world religions, belief in God and worship as well as philosophical topics such as what makes us human.

Key Stage 4

At GCSE, we focus on Christianity and Islam, with students studying key practices and beliefs as well as how they approach controversial issues such as the death penalty, euthanasia and animal testing.


A subject that was catapulted into the school curriculum in the 2000s, it filled a critical gap in the students’ comprehension of the world around them and gives them new skills and knowledge. From the British prison system to the use of chemical weapons in Syria, Citizenship allows students to cover a wide range of current events to develop a comprehension of what has happened. They will learn the facts of what has happened, analyse why they have happened and appreciate a wide range of viewpoints on issues. Students also campaign to raise awareness for an issue they feel moved by; such as creating twitter pages, doing assemblies or lobbying MPs. At Stockley Academy we emphasise Active Citizenship by undertaking a number of projects and getting pupils to take part and campaign. In the last year alone, students campaigned for their chosen issues and visited the Houses of Parliament to meet and debate with MPs.


Many children face some difficult life choices when they are at school and in their later life. PSHE gives them information about their choices so they can make informed decisions. PSHE is cross-curricular and some themes of PSHE are taught within the curriculum such as finance and budgeting through Maths lessons. During Year 7 some Science lessons will focus on puberty and the changes that the body goes through. In Year 8, selected organisations give presentations focusing on sexual relationships, drugs and eating disorders. In years 9-11 students receive focused drop-down days from invited organisation that focus on racism, homosexuality and sexual health.


Health and Social Care

BTEC Level 2 First Award in Health and Social Care

This is a vocational choice (equivalent to one GCSE A*-C) and is linked closely to a later career in the area of health, for example as a nurse or physiotherapist, or as a social worker or in Early Years occupations. As well as gaining an insight into working in these fields, the course content is about human development and what influences our health and wellbeing.

Assessment is 75% internally assessed through coursework and 25% externally assessed by Edexcel.

We also offer:

BTEC Level 3 National Diploma Health and Social Care

This is a two-year course and assessment is 100% coursework. The examination board for this qualification is Edexcel. This National Diploma is equivalent to two A levels.

Entry requirements:

  • BTEC Level 2 qualification in Health and Social Care plus GCSE English ‘C’ Grade
  • Or a minimum of four GCSEs at A*-C grade, which should include English at ‘C’ grade

The course is made up of eight mandatory units providing 480 guided learning hours or 80 credits. Six of these units are studied in the first year plus two further mandatory units and optional units in the second year of study that provide for a further 240 guided learning hours (40 credits).

There is a combined total of 720 guided learning hours (GLH) for the completed qualification and 120 credits.

Mandatory Units

  • Developing Effective Communication in Health and Social Care
  • Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care
  • Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care
  • Development Through the Life Stages
  • Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care
  • Personal and Professional Development in Health and Social Care*
  • Sociological Perspectives for Health and Social Care
  • Psychological Perspectives for Health and Social Care

* This unit requires 100 hours of work experience to be completed

Optional Units - for example:

  • Values and Planning in Social Care
  • Caring for Children and Young People
  • Safeguarding Adults and Promoting Independence
  • Research Methodology for Health & Social Care



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