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Philosophy & Ethics at Holyhead

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Course Overview

Philosophy and Ethics is the subject for you if you enjoy debate and critical thinking. Philosophy will stretch your mind analysing different arguments regarding the existence or non-existence of God and looks at philosophical problems centred around the problem of evil and suffering and life after death.

Ethics involves evaluating how we make moral decisions and will cover a number of theories before applying these to practical issues such as Abortion, Euthanasia, Sex and Law. It is an interesting subject that is applicable to all future studies involving reasoning and critical thinking as well as covering issues related to religion, teaching, medicine and social studies.

Skills Needed

Excellent literacy and communication skills are essential as the subject is assessed exclusively through the writing of essays! Feistiness (at least on paper) is also a desirable quality as it aids critical thinking and the ability to evaluate.

Course content

Year 1

Unit 1 - Design & Cosmological Arguments regarding the existence of God, The problem of Evil, Situation Ethics, Utilitarianism.

Unit 2: Medical Ethics

Year 2
Unit 3 - Ontological Argument for the existence of God, Life After Death, Further Ethical Theories, Justice, Law & punishment.
Unit 4 - Set texts

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 A*-C grades at GCSE including Maths

Grade B or above in RE at GCSE or in a subject with similar skills such as History

Grade B in GCSE English


Year 1

The course is 100% exam and there are 2 papers each worth 50%:

Unit 1: 1 hour 45 minutes

Unit 2 : 1 hour 15 minutes

Year 2

The course is 100% exam and there are 2 papers each worth 50%:

Unit 1: 1 hour 45 minutes

Unit 2: 1 hour 15 minutes



Further information

Enrichment Opportunities

RE ‘retreat’. ‘Candle Conferences’ which are amazing events presented by top scholars in their fields - one for Philosophy and one for Ethics.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Holyhead directly.

Last updated date: 09 November 2015
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