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BA single honours Religion, Philosophy and Ethics with Foundation Year 2020/21

Year of entry

A number of our degrees are also offered with an additional foundation year (Year 0). Whether you are a school-leaver or someone considering returning to study but don’t have the entry requirements for your chosen subject, a foundation year course may be just what you’re looking for.

93% of our Religion, Philosophy and Ethics students were satisfied with the quality of the course

National Student Survey 2019

A foundation year is the first year of a four year programme which:

  • provides an introduction not only to study at University but also to your chosen subject
  • offers you a highly supportive environment where you can develop the self-confidence, knowledge, skills and understanding for further study

Following the Foundation Year in Religion, Philosophy and Ethics you will go on to explore areas including:

  • religion and social justice
  • Indian and Chinese philosophies
  • religion and science
  • ethical theories and issues

Are you fascinated by religions and their role in shaping our diverse, globalised, and multicultural world? Do you enjoy reading philosophy, thinking about philosophy, and arguing about philosophy? Are you impressed with the seriousness of ethical questions, and want to explore issues challenging people today? Do you value open minded, independent, and critical thinking? If so, you will enjoy studying Religion, Philosophy and Ethics. Religious, philosophical and ethical concerns feature regularly in the media, and underpin a range of often contested issues in the world we share. A sound knowledge and in-depth appreciation of philosophical and ethical issues and their relationship to a range of religious traditions can be crucial in making sense of contemporary society. Our degree offers a challenging and stimulating course that encourages critical thinking and offers the opportunity for lively debate.

You can study French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish as part of, or alongside, your course.

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Top reasons to study Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

  • Covering a diverse range of religions, philosophical traditions and ethical issues
  • Thematic focus on Social Justice
  • Caring approach to students
  • Small class sizes that allow for discussions and debate
  • 95% of our students are in employment or further study six months after completing their course (DLHE 2018)

Students on this programme are also eligible to apply to study for a year in North America as part of their degree.

“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 Saulnier

Our single honours Religion, Philosophy and Ethics degree offers opportunities to study different religious and philosophical traditions, and explore how these relate to ethical theories and issues. These elements are studied alongside relevant areas of theological inquiry. In years two and three you will choose from a diverse range of optional modules. In our combined honours degree, selected Religion, Philosophy and Ethics modules are paired with those from a second subject chosen from an extensive range of degree courses.

Single Honours Religion, Philosophy and Ethics students and those combining the subject with Theology are eligible to apply to study for a year in North America as part of their degree. There will be a competitive internal application process, as spaces are limited, and acceptance will be based on academic merit.

Foundation Year Zero

As a student on a Faculty of Arts and Humanities Foundation Year course you will undertake 4 core modules introducing you to study in the arts and humanities and university level skills. 

Core Modules

Semester One

  • Life and Study

A module introducing you to Life and Study at university, equipping you with the personal management skills you need to make the most of your time here. 

  • Understanding Arts and Humanities 

A module introducing research methods and key skills, such as academic writing, referencing, presentations and critical reading. 

Semester Two

  • Being Human

A module introducing modernity and how it is identified and researched. You will choose your own individual example of modernism, whether it be an object, a work of art, an idea or a piece of literature. 

  • School Core Module 

A module designed to equip you with the skills relating to your chosen subject area, providing you with a seamless transition to level 4/year one.   

Complementary Modules 

In addition you will be offered two complementary modules, one to be studied in each semester. For this subject you will study:

Semester One

  • Historical Foundations 

You will study a broad survey of British and Western European History from the late Roman Republic to the beginning of the 21st Century. 

Or

  • Introduction to Global Humanities 

You will study the materials and concepts that inform the meaning of being human from global south diaspora perspectives. You will explore key concepts such as identity, freedom, justice, culture, belonging and migration.

Semester Two

  • Dangerous Ideas 

You will study the concepts that inform theological and religious thought. This will be explored within a range of cultural, philosophical, social, political and ethical contexts. Particular case studies may be made such as the Israeli Palestinian conflict, the Civil Rights movement, Ghandi and Tibet.

Core modules

Year 1 Single Honours

  • Ethical Theories and Issues  (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Philosophy (20 credits)
  • Understanding World Religions (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Christianity (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Biblical Studies (20 credits)
  • Religion and Social Justice (20 credits)

Year 1 Combined Honours

  • Ethical Theories and Issues (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Philosophy (20 credits)
  • Understanding World Religions (20 credits)

Year 1 modules

Ethical Theories and Issues (20 Credits)

You will engage critically with significant ethical theories and apply these theories to contemporary moral issues with reference to religion. You will study a range of views about the relationship between morality and religion and how they apply to contemporary ethical debates.

Introduction to Philosophy (20 Credits)

You will be introduced to the history of philosophy in the Western tradition, and study key philosophical issues. You will engage critically with philosophers from Antiquity to contemporary times and explore different perspectives on contentious philosophical issues and ideas.

Understanding World Religions (20 Credits)

You will be introduced to a variety of the world’s religions from Western and Eastern traditions, including Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism. You will also learn about key concepts in the academic study of religious traditions.

Introduction to Christianity (20 Credits)

You will receive a broad introductory overview of Christianity in its historical and intellectual development, and gain an understanding of Christian thought within its historical, social and cultural contexts.

Introduction to Biblical Studies (20 Credits)

You will gain an overview of the historical background and content of the Old and New Testaments, study in detail some representative texts within them, and become familiar with the concepts, principles, methods and tools of modern scholarly biblical interpretation.

Religion and Social Justice (20 Credits)

You will critically assess claims for, and approaches to social justice in the context of the Bible. You will also explore the application of social justice in the practices of believers in a range of contexts.

Year 2 Single Honours and Combined Honours

Ethics in Religious Traditions

In this module, you will engage critically with the ethical beliefsand practices of a variety of world religions such as Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism and Judaism. Topics may include contemporary debates on bioethics, environmental and food ethics, abortion and end life of ethics. This module builds on the knowledge and skills obtained in your first year Ethical Theories and Issues and Introduction to World Religions modules.

In addition to your mandatory core module, Ethics in Religious Traditions (20 credits), you will choose the requisite number of 20­credit option modules from any of the following categories to make up your remaining credit requirement.

  • Selected Topics in Study of Religion
  • Selected Topics in Philosophy
  • Selected Topics in Religion, Community and Social Justice
  • Selected Texts in Biblical Studies

Year 3 Single Honours

Religion, Philosophy and Ethics Individual Study (40 credits)

This module will enable you, under the guidance of a tutor, to undertake an extended piece of work in religion, philosophy and ethics based on your own research. This provides you with an opportunity to follow up an area of interest in depth, to enable you to develop skills in critical thinking and argumentation, and to lay the foundations for possible future work at higher degree level

Year 3 Combined Honours

Religion, Philosophy and Ethics Extended Research Essay (20 credits)

This module will enable you, under the guidance of a tutor, to undertake an extended piece of work in religion, philosophy and ethics based on your own research. This provides you with an opportunity to follow up an area of interest in depth, to enable you to develop skills in critical thinking and argumentation, and to lay the foundations for possible future work at higher degree level.

As Combined Honours students, you must also take Religion, Gender and Sexuality or Contemporary Issues in World Religions.

NB: At least one (but not necessarily both) of these modules will run in any given year.

Religion, Gender and Sexuality (20 credits)

This module allows you to foster a critical awareness of current issues in the study of religion, gender and sexualities, including focus on approaches to gender identity, gender equality, sexual identity, and sexuality practices.

Contemporary Issues in World Religions (20 credits)

In this module you will take a detailed look at a range of contemporary religious issues in the world today. Topics may include secularisation and revival of religion, fundamentalism, religion and nationalism, religion and politics and new religious movements.

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. We will inform applicants of any changes to the course structure before enrolment.

Year 2 Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

In addition to your mandatory core module, Ethics in Religious Traditions (20 credits), you will choose the requisite number of 20­ credit option modules from any of the following categories to make up your remaining credit requirement. One or more option modules will be offered in each of the following categories. Please note that not all available modules will run in any given year.

i) Selected Topics in the Study of Religion:

Option modules in this category will allow you to extend your knowledge and critical understanding of various religious traditions. Current options include:

  • Buddhism(20 credits)
  • Islam(20 credits)
  • Judaism(20 credits)

ii) Selected Topics in Philosophy:

Option modules in this category will give you knowledge and critical understanding of a range of philosophical issues, many of which are closely related to religious concerns. Current options include:

  • Chinese Philosophies (20 credits)
  • Kant (20 credits)
  • John Stuart Mill (20 credits)
  • Philosophy of Religion (20 credits)
  • Religion and Science (20 credits)

iii) Selected Topics in Religion, Community and Social Justice:

Option modules in this category investigate the significance of community and notions such as equality and social inclusion in religious traditions. Current options include:

  • Popular Culture and Theology(20 credits)
  • Religion and Community (20 credits)
  • Christian Faith and Ethical Living(20 credits)
  • Cathedral Life and Liturgy (20 credits)

iv) Selected Topics in Biblical Studies:

Option modules in this category will allow you to acquire an understanding of a range of different kinds of New and Old Testament texts, develop an understanding of critical approaches to these texts, and to make appropriate use of them in a variety of contexts. Current options include:

  • Selected New Testament Texts (20 credits)
  • Selected Old Testament Texts (20 credits)
  • John: Gospel and Letters (20 credits)
  • Textual Explorations in Biblical Theology (20 credits)

v) Employability:

Applied Humanities: Employability in Practice

This module will introduce Humanities students to a range of work­ related skills such as communication, teamwork, problem solving, decision­making, initiative, and creativity. In doing so, we see this module as enhancing students’ awareness of the work environment, thus improving students’ employability and self­awareness of their individual career planning. We work with a range of local partners to provide placement opportunities for students studying this module.

Year 3 Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

In addition to your mandatory core module, the Religion, Philosophy and Ethics Individual Study (40 credits) if you are a single honours student, or the Religion, Philosophy and Ethics Extended Research Essay (20 credits) if you are a combined honours student, you will choose the requisite number of 20­credit option modules from any of the following categories to make up your remaining credit requirement.

Please remember combined honours students must take at least one of Religion, Gender and Sexuality and/or Contemporary Issues in World Religions. One or more option modules will be offered in each of the following categories. Not all available modules will run in any given year.

i)                    Further Topics in the Study of Religion:

  • Visual Culture and Religion (20 credits)
  • Contemporary Issues in World Religions (20 credits)
  • Religion, Film and Literature (20 credits)
  • God and Gothic: Themes in Victorian Religion and Culture (20 credits)

ii)                   Further Topics in Philosophy:

  • British Idealism (20 credits)
  • Critiques of Religion (20 credits)
  • Indian Philosophies (20 credits)

iii)                 Further Topics in Ethics:

  • Advanced Seminar in Ethics and Religion (20 credits)
  • Religion, Gender and Sexuality (20 credits)

iv)                 Further Topics in Theology:

  • Christian Doctrine and Interpretation (20 credits)
  • Theology and Literature (20 credits)
  • Modern Theological Thought (20 credits)
  • Classical Christian Mysticism (20 credits)

v)                  Further Texts in Biblical Studies:

  • Biblical Interpretation (20 credits)
  • Church and Society in the New Testament (20 credits)
  • Contemporary Issues in Biblical Theology (20 credits)

vi)                 Further Topics in Theology, Community and Social Justice

  • Pastoral and Practical Theology (20 credits)
  • Theology and Politics (20 credits)

What will I study in the Option Modules?

Year 2 Option Modules

Buddhism (20 credits)

This module will develop your knowledge and critical understanding of Buddhism in the past and present in a variety of cultures. You will study the complex development of Buddhism(s) and evaluate primary and secondary sources as well as trends and methodological approaches relevant to Buddhism.

Islam (20 credits)

This module will allow you to explore the history, beliefs and practices of Islam as it occurs in diverse cultural contexts. You will study the historical development of Islam and explore a variety of contemporary issues that demonstrate the diversity of contemporary Muslim lives.

Judaism (20 credits)

This module will introduce you to differentunderstandings of what it has meant to be Jewish throughout the ages. Studying primary sources from all periods of Jewish history, you will learn to appreciate the essence and variety of Jewish identity.

Chinese Philosophies (20 credits)

This module will develop your knowledge and critical understanding of key Chinese philosophical ideas and traditions, such as Daoism and Confucianism and their history and development.

Kant (20 credits)

This module will centre on sustainedengagement with the thought of Immanuel Kant. It will introduce you to Kant’s critical philosophy, and explain his pivotal role in modern thought. You will read selected sections from Kant’s works (in translation), and develop broad understanding of one or two principal themes in his philosophical project.

John Stuart Mill (20 credits)

This module will centre on sustained engagement with the thought of John Stuart Mill. You will be introduced to Mill’s life and thought and examine his prole in the transformation of British society with reference to liberalism, feminism, and secularism

Philosophy of Religion (20 credits)

This module will give you a detailed and critical understanding of key themes in the philosophy of religion such as arguments for the existence of God, the problem of evil, the nature of religious language, life after death, the existence of the soul and the nature of personal identity, and the nature of religious belief.

Religion and Science (20 credits)

This module will help you articulate a critical understanding of the relationship of religion and science, including questions of definition, method and the historical development of disciplines and ideas.

Popular Culture and Theology (20 credits)

This module will introduce you to the relationships between theology and popular culture, including television, cinema, music, fashion and sport. You will critically examine theological approaches to the study of popular culture, and gain a thorough grounding in the key terms and concepts relevant to the study of this area.

Religion and Community (20 credits)

This module will help you evaluate definitions of “religious community” across a range of religious traditions and contexts, and evaluate the connection between community identity and practice. You will examine religious models of social life from renunciation, to full participation in the socio­political world.

Selected New Testament Texts (20 credits)

This module will help you to understand a range of different kinds of New Testament texts. It will enable you to understand modern critical approaches to these texts, and to make appropriate use of them in a variety of contexts.

Selected Old Testament Texts (20 credits)

This module will help you to understand a range of different kinds of Old Testament texts. It will enable you to understand modern critical approaches to these texts, and to make appropriate use of them in a variety of contexts.

John: Gospel and Letters (20 credits)

This module will develop your knowledge and critical understanding of theology and religion by a study in depth of a corpus of highly influential early Christian texts, the Gospel and Letters of John.

Textual Explorations in Biblical Theology (20 credits)

This module will help you to approach Biblical study through the exploration of theological themes with reference to the Bible, illustrated with selected examples of a range of texts from both Old and New Testaments.

Christian Faith and Ethical Living (20 credits)

 This module will help you articulate a critical appreciation of the ways Christian faith may inform and shape the moral life of communities and individuals. It will help you understand the theological resources available for Christian reflection on ethical issues, and apply your thinking to particular moral questions.

Ethics of Identity (20 credits)

This module will examine a selection of key social identities (including race, gender, sexuality, religious affiliation, class, disability). You will engage with a variety of approaches to identity and critically examine the ways in which identities intersect with each other in the context of contemporary ethical issues

Cathedral Life and Liturgy (20 credits)

This module will explore the life, liturgy, mission and functions of Christian cathedrals in their historical development and contemporary setting.  In the first section of the module, cathedral spaces will be used to introduce students to liturgical theology. In the second section, students will reflect on the role of cathedrals in diverse contexts, spanning the national and international, Christian and post-Christian.

Year 3 Option Modules

Contemporary Issues in World Religions (20 credits)

In this module you will take a detailed look at a range of contemporary religious issues in the world today. Topics may include secularisation and revival of religion, fundamentalism, religion and nationalism, religion and politics and new religious movements.

Visual Culture and Religion (20 credits)

 In this option you will investigate the visual dimension of a variety of religious traditions which may include Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity and Judaism. This module will also allow you to explore the representation of religion in films.

Critiques of Religion (20 credits)

This module will give you detailed knowledge about important criticisms of religion, and the significance of such criticisms for religious belief. You will evaluate critiques of religion developed by thinkers such as Feuerbach, Marx, Nietzsche and Durkheim, and others. You will explore a multi­disciplinary approach to religion.

Indian Philosophies (20 credits)

This option allows you to develop a detailed knowledge and critical understanding of key Indian philosophical ideas. It will extend your knowledge of philosophy to include an important non­Western tradition.

British Idealism (20 credits)

In this module you will critically analyse the complex religious, philosophical and ethical synthesis present in the work of Idealists in the British tradition such as T. H. Green, R. G. Collingwood, or others.

Religion, Gender and Sexuality (20 credits)

This option will allow you to take a critical look at religious approaches to issues of gender identity, gender equality, sexual identities, and sexual practices.

Advanced Seminar in Ethics and Religion (20 credits)

This option will allow you to investigate ethical issues in an advanced fashion with an emphasis on detailed critical engagement with recent academic research and primary material from a range of sources.

Religion and Politics (20 credits)

This option allows you to critically assess a variety of responses to the relationship between “church and state”. Materials will be drawn from theology, religious studies, and political science such as the Gospels, Augustine, Marx, Liberation theology, and the Civil Rights Movement, and others.

Pastoral and Practical Theology (20 credits)

This option allows you to study current issues in pastoral and practical theology, and to identify appropriate tools, methods and resources for engagement with the discipline. You will critically investigate challenges of faith in context, pastoral care, and Christian ministry.

Biblical Interpretation (20 credits)

In this option you will explore some Biblical texts or themes within the context of contemporary scholarship and study philosophical and theological questions of interpretation.

Contemporary Issues in Biblical Theology (20 credits)

This option looks at key contemporary issues in Biblical theology represented in both Old and New Testaments, offering you an understanding of recent theological thinkers who have sought to ground their understanding of faith primarily on the Biblical witnesses.

Theology and Literature (20 credits)

This option helps you to understand theories in the interdisciplinary field of religion and literature and to appreciate the importance of literary theory, imagination and poetics for theological studies.

Modern Theological Thought (20 credits)

This module will enable you to understand challenges and opportunities presented to Christian theology in our day.

Classical Christian Mysticism (20 credits)

This course aims to give students the opportunity to develop a systematic understanding of the origins and development of Classical Christian Mysticism. It aims to enable students to think critically about Classical Christian perspectives on life in the world, with thematic attention to the themes of love and the life of the mind, love and the life of the body, and love and the life of the community.

God and Gothic: Themes in Victorian Religion and Culture (20 credits)

Students will engage with primary sources which will allow them to develop understanding of the complex relationships of religion, culture, and politics, in the context of Victorian Britain.

Religion, Literature and Film (20 credits)

This module explores religion, faith and spirituality from the standpoint of film narrative and the written word. Students will begin by looking at theories that analyse the significance of story to religious understanding.

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.

"Controversial, thought-provoking, complex and profound, the study of religion has been fascinating and rewarding, and the most important lesson I have learnt from this project, and indeed from my time at Canterbury, is the importance of not accepting things at face value, but to keep an open mind at all times, particularly when it comes to religion."

Jean Nelson

Fees

The 2020/21 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £7,050 £9,910
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 fee of £9,250  / £13,000 relates to 2020/21 only. Please read the 2020/21 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2020/21 tuition fees and mid-course year on year fee increases.

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

CategoryDescription
Field Trips (including potential trips abroad, and local and national trips to places of worship and sites of special religious interest).

Field Trips are offered as non-compulsory enhancement or enrichment activities, and are not included in the Tuition Fee. The cost of trips will depend on travel costs, entrance fees, accommodation fees, and other factors. The exact cost of trips will be calculated to provide an excellent experience at an appropriate cost, depending on the number of people involved.

Text books

The exact cost of books will depend on publishers’ prices. Academic staff will be mindful of the need to balance excellent resources against appropriate affordability. Text books will be supplied through the CCCU Bookshop, and will be available with any CCCU Bookshop discount which applies.

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIs the cost Included in the tuition fee?Is the cost an additional cost to students?
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) The costs of Field trips are not included in the Tuition fee unless the trip is a compulsory element of the module. Yes, unless the Field trip is a compulsory element of the module.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

Purchase of own text books

No – students are expected to purchase their own text books. Yes – students are expected to purchase their own text books.

Data & Barring Service (DBS) Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.

Occupational Health Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.
Professional Body registration No - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable. Yes - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable.
Travel to other sites No – students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information. Yes - students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information.
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages. Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course are included in the Tuition Fee. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages. Students must pay for additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course, or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages.
Library fees and fines Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student. Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student.
Printing and photocopying A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student. A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student.
Social events The tuition fee does not include the cost of any social events, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, the costs of social events are an additional cost payable by the student unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies IThe cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests. The cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests.

Teaching

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

Seminars will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures.  In addition, you will meet with your academic personal tutor.  Tutorials will provide the opportunity to work in smaller groups with your tutor.

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

Independent learning

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 Dissertation (Single Honours students) or the Extended Research Essay (Combined Honours students) in year three, you will undertake independent research. You will work under the supervision of an academic tutor. You will meet with your supervisor regularly to discuss your work. 

Overall workload

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. 

Academic input

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 can find out more about the current teaching team on our Academic Staff page. You should note 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.

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.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

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:

Year 1

75% coursework 25% written exams.

Year 2

77% coursework 23% written exams. (Average taken across all offered modules in 2017/2018.)

Year 3

88% coursework 6% written exams and 6% individual study. (Average taken across all offered modules in 2017/2018.).

Feedback

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.

UK/EU

Full-time study

Apply via UCAS

Need some help?

For advice on completing your application please contact the Course Enquiry Team:

Email: courses@canterbury.ac.uk
Tel:+44 (0)1227 928000

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UCAS course code

  • V602 Religion, Philosophy and Ethics with Foundation Year

UCAS institution code

  • C10

Length

  • 4 years full-time

Starts

  • September 2019

Entry requirements

  • Candidates should have studied at level 3 and have attained 48 UCAS Tariff points, although those without formal qualifications will be considered.

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

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