Controversial, thought-provoking, complex and profound, this course taught me not to accept things at face value. I try to keep an open mind at all times, particularly when it comes to religion.


How do you want to study?


4 years

UCAS code:



Apply via UCASBook an Open day
TEF Silver


A foundation year helps you develop the study skills and self-confidence needed for higher education when you don’t reach the entry requirements for your subject.

Religious, philosophical and ethical concerns often feature in the media and underpin a range of controversial issues in the world we share.

If you like thinking about and debating these subjects then you’ll enjoy this course.

You’ll be taught by an experienced team of academics who have published widely on topics such as Buddhist philosophy, conflicts over Jewish identity and interfaith dialogue.

Why Study Religion, Philosophy and Ethics with Foundation Year? 

Are you fascinated by religions and their role in shaping our diverse, globalised and multicultural world? If the answer is yes, our course will stretch your mind and introduce you to different ethical theories so that you can develop as an open minded and independent critical thinker.

Our challenging and stimulating course will help you to gain sound knowledge and an in-depth appreciation of philosophical and ethical issues affecting contemporary society and you'll explore their relationship to different religious traditions. You'll have opportunities engage in lively debate and will explore issues from a critical perspective.

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have 32 UCAS Tariff points. We will also welcome applications from students with few or no formal Level 3 qualifications who wish to return to education and applicants may be asked to attend an interview.

You do not need to have significant prior knowledge of arts and humanities related subjects but should be motivated to study the subject.

More information about entry requirements.

UCAS Points

All about the course

The foundation year is designed to help you develop self-confidence, knowledge and skills in a highly supportive environment, so you are prepared to study at degree level. You'll be introduced to religion, philosophy and ethics and will begin to understand research methods and skills that are needed to progress through the degree. 


Module information

Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

Core/optional modules

How you’ll learn

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials and will typically have between 9 and 12 contact hours per week.

Seminars and tutorials in small groups will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures. You'll also be supported by a personal tutor. 

All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2020.

When not attending lectures, seminars, tutorials or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through independent study. Typically, this involves reading books and articles from academic journals, undertaking research in the library and preparing for coursework assignments, examinations, or seminars.

Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and activities to complete before class.

For the Individual Study (single honours students) or the Extended Research Essay (combined honours students) in Year 3, you will undertake independent research, working under the supervision of an academic tutor who you'll meet with regularly to discuss your work.

Your overall workload will typically consist of 9 contact hours, 3 hours of directed study and 15-18 hours of independent learning and assessment activity per week.

You will be taught by highly qualified academics. All tutors are research-active, publish regularly in their field and have experience in delivering high quality teaching. You should note that members of the teaching team might change.

Postgraduate students assist in teaching and assessing some modules. However, our permanent programme team teach the vast majority of lectures and seminars.

A foundation year provides an introduction to academic study and life at university, supporting every student to achieve their full potential.

Martin WattsFoundation Year Programme Director

How you’ll be assessed

Religion, Philosophy and Ethics is assessed primarily by coursework. Most of your work will consist of the writing of essays, and some modules will feature assessment by examination alongside a coursework essay, depending on what best suits a particular topic or discipline.


Providing feedback on your coursework and explaining how to improve your work is an important aspect of our teaching. You will receive feedback on all formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module tutor. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

We will normally provide you with feedback within 15 working days of hand-in for formal coursework assessment.

The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by coursework is as follows:

75% Coursework
25% Written exams

Your future career

The Religion, Philosophy and Ethics degree opens up routes into teaching, through the PGCE, and prepares you for further postgraduate study at all levels through to PhD. In the context of contemporary, multicultural Britain, many public sector institutions such as the police, the civil service, and the social services, value people with expertise in this area who can support diversity and inclusion. This qualification will also help prepare and develop you for various roles in religious institutions, roles in charities and not- for-profit organisations, in development work, community leadership roles, and aspects of welfare.

I must say that I have nothing but praise for the quality of teaching, intellectual enquiry and stimulation, and professional support I have received at undergraduate and graduate level, from both the teaching and non-teaching staff.

Stéphane SaulnierGraduate


The 2021/22 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK Overseas
Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £9,250 £13,000
Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £13,000

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

* The tuition fees of £9,250 / £13,000 relate to 2021/22 only. Please read the 2021/22 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2021/22 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

Apply now


4 years

UCAS code:



Apply via UCAS
Any questions?

Phone us

+44 (0)1227 928000

Find out more

Sign up to hear the latest from the University, including upcoming events, useful updates, student life and more!