The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)History and Religious Studies

Why choose this course?

History and religion are important factors that shape our lives and mould our identities. This fascinating and thorough course allows you to examine a wide range of themes and issues from local, national and global perspectives. Focusing on the religious, cultural, political, social and economic aspects of historical change, you will be encouraged to study particular areas of historical interest and controversy in depth.

In your studies, you will learn the essential techniques of critical analysis, research methods and the skills required for handling and processing information. You will also be given the opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of different approaches in History and Religious Studies through a varied and dynamic learning and teaching environment.

Using traditional and enhanced electronic forms of learning, the degree enables you to achieve your full potential, developing the skills for successful study and future employment. The course actively encourages intellectual curiosity and digital literacy and lets you apply the skills you have learned in the classroom to relevant work situations. Our graduates are in high demand and employers value the critical awareness, communication skills, initiative and organisational abilities the course instils in our students.

What happens on the course?

The core Year 1 modules lay the foundation for the subjects and introduce students to current themes and debates. This covers the study and practice of history and the theory and methods for the study of religion. These provide the key analytical skills for academic enquiry. You will also explore the making of modern Britain and this is accompanied by a chronological and conceptual overview of the major religious traditions.

In years 2 and 3, at the heart of the Religious Studies programme is the opportunity to study specific religious traditions - Christianity, Sikhism and Islam - and explore of a range of social and philosophical issues. This is emphasised within History where there are a wide range of options, from Victorian Britain, migration in Europe, to sexuality in history and the cold war.

Your third year allows you to work on the aspects of history and / or religion that most interest you. Thus, students can follow up interdisciplinary study on the Holocaust (Year 1) and Genocide (Year 2) with an in-depth study of Germany in Year 3. You will undertake an independently-researched project and can also select an optional work study placement.

Why Wolverhampton?

The Religious Studies course is innovative in the extensive engagement with the local religious environment in Wolverhampton. Many religious communities are within walking distance of the campus and allow for sessions to link the classroom and community.

Staff have recent and relevant experience of teaching in secondary schools and have been involved in local and national developments in Religious Education.

The course allows you to study a full range of historical topics in an innovative, supportive and exciting environment.

  • You will be taught by leading scholars and academic experts, with a proven and respected research and publications record.
  • You will be able to study particular themes and issues that interest you, rather than undertaking surveys of long periods of history.
  • You will develop key historical and transferable skills in a stimulating environment that is geared towards academic achievement, personal development and future employability.

The combination of Religious Studies and History is particularly relevant for students aiming to enter a career in education.

The central strand of technology running through the course means that graduates will be digitally literate and have a good understanding of the design and presentation of materials for different audiences.

Comment from our External Examiner on provision:

For History:

"I have been impressed by the student assignments and module documents that I read. It is clear that the History degree programme at Wolverhampton is delivered by dedicated, hard-working and expert staff. As I have mentioned in previous reports, the use of source material in assessments is particularly impressive: images and artefacts are used very effectively as well as more traditional documentary material. Students evidently respond to these sources well in their written work. I have copied the use of online collections of sources in the assessment of some of my own modules … and feel that this approach encourages the kind of independence and critical thinking that is essential at degree level".

"In my discussions with staff I have been impressed by their knowledge of individual students, and the obvious time and consideration that they give to all the undergraduates that they teach. The feedback provided to students is generally very clear and positive: students at all levels of ability are given explicit and helpful advice on how to improve their work".

"In my time here I have found the staff to be excellent in their teaching and subject knowledge, their assessment and their concern for the students".

What our students think

Students report that Religious Studies is:

“A most exciting and stimulating course!”

“This course offers students an unique and stimulating opportunity to study World faiths within the West Midlands. I would highly recommend it.”

History Students say:

“I love being in university so much that that is where I want to stay!”

“The help and guidance provided by lecturers and other staff has been invaluable”

Career path

This is an ideal course for students who want to go into teaching with a responsibility for RE and History in the primary sector, or as RE or History specialists in secondary schools and FE colleges. Whilst students focus on one subject for a secondary PGCE, the ability to offer another curriculum subject is a strength when applying for teaching posts.

The skills, competencies and knowledge you learn through this degree are also directly relevant to a wide variety of careers. Information work, librarianship, archive management, museum administration and heritage management are professions that actively employ our graduates. Similarly, the course provides the key analytical and digitally literate skills that are much sought after in the fields of local government, the civil service, the media and a wide range of business and commercial activities. Many graduates have gone on to undertake applied research at postgraduate level.

In addition, the practical engagement with local religious communities provides a good foundation for employment in the public sector. Religion is an important aspect of many people’s lives and understanding religion is highly relevant to the caring professions, social services, community work, the police, nursing and a wide range of business activities.

What skills will you gain?

A successful graduate from this course will be able to demonstrate:

  1. A critical understanding of the problematic nature of interpreting the past, the variety of theoretical and methodological approaches, and the multiplicity of sources available in History and Religious Studies;
  2. A critical engagement with key historiographical debates and the ability to address these in depth using primary and secondary sources, including an informed appreciation of the processes of continuity and change over an extended time-span;
  3. The ability to analyse the historical construction and changing nature of identities, as defined principally by place, religion, ethnicity, gender and class;
  4. Knowledge, understanding and application of theories and methods to analyse religion and religions;
  5. Knowledge and understanding of religion and religions in a variety of historical, local and global contexts;
  6. The use of appropriate technologies in digitally literate and enterprising ways to support research, process data and produce written work and presentational material.

Entry requirements

2016 Entry

  • 240-280 UCAS points with a minimum of 180 points from at least two ‘A’ levels
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade MMM, BTEC QCF Diploma grade DD
  • Access to HE Diploma full award (Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 18 at Merit or Distinction).
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • Successful completion of the foundation year of our BA (Hons) Law and Social Sciences with Foundation Year guarantees entry on to this course
  • International student language requirements and application guidance can be found at http://www.wlv.ac.uk/international/apply
  • Successful completion of the International Foundation Year in Social Sciences guarantees entry on to this course

Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,250
Part time # £2,780

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 321137

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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