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.


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    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 religion, gender and sexuality, contemporary food ethics, religion and literature, conflicts over Jewish identity and interfaith dialogue.

    Are you fascinated by religions and their role in shaping our diverse, globalised and multicultural world? If the answer is yes, our course will introduce you to the diversity and complexity of contemporary religious traditions. 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 will study different ethical theories so that you can develop as an open minded and independent critical thinker. You'll have opportunities engage in lively debate and will explore issues from a critical perspective.

    The Guardian University League Tables 2022

    Top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction for the overall quality of the course in the subject area of Religious Studies and Theology.

      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.

      Entry requirements

      Qualification type


      A Levels EEE
      BTEC PPP
      Access Pass 45 Credits
      International Baccalaureate 24 points
      Combinations A combination of qualifications totalling 32 UCAS points minimum

      For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

      More information about entry requirements.

      UCAS Points

      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 typically consists of between 9 and 12 contact hours each week. You will also undertake 15-18 hours of independent learning and assessment activity. In addition, there may be field trips. 

      93% of our Theology and Religious Studies students were satisfied with the learning opportunities on their course

      National Student Survey 2021 

      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 Course Director

      How you’ll be assessed

      Religion, Philosophy and Ethics is assessed primarily by coursework and some exams. 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

      Our Religion, Philosophy and Ethics degree opens a range of roles. 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 positions in religious institutions, charities and not-for-profit organisations, development work, community leadership, and aspects of welfare.

      Successful completion of the degree will also open routes into teaching, such as a PGCE, and prepares you for further postgraduate study at all levels through to PhD.

      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.



      The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for this course are:

        UK** Overseas***
      Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £9,250 £14,500
      Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £14,500

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

      * The tuition fees of £9,250 / £14,500 relate to 2022/23 only. Please read the 2022/23 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2022/23 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

      **Home (UK) Fees

      The fees above are for the 2022/23 academic year but may be subject to change following any announcements by the UK Government (approved by Parliament) regarding maximum Undergraduate tuition fee caps for 2022/23.

      In addition, the University reserves the right to increase all full-time and part-time Undergraduate tuition fees mid-course, in line with any further inflationary increase in the Government tuition fee cap which is approved by Parliament. The University will publish information about any changes to tuition fees on its website.

      ***Overseas Fees (including EU fees):

      Undergraduate Overseas tuition fees for International students are not subject to the Government’s regulations on maximum tuition fees.

      Students with an Overseas fee status will be eligible for an International student Scholarship fee discount of £1,500, which will be applied to all Full-time Undergraduate courses with a tuition fee of £14,500.

      Students with an EU fee status will be eligible for the EEA Transition Scholarship. Further details can be found here:

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