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The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Philosophy with Foundation Year

Why choose this course?

The Foundation year prepares students for university level study. Successful completion of our Foundation course permits access to any of our Humanities or Media BA (Hons) degree courses, which include English, English Language, Creative Writing, Linguistics, Media, Philosophy and Religious Studies — many of which can be taken singly as specialist degrees or together as ‘joint’ degree routes. The Foundation year begins with modules aimed at providing transferable study skills and then, in the second semester, gives students the opportunity to study more specialist modules, with a focus on various aspects of Humanities and Media.

“It is not enough to have a good mind. The main thing is to use it well.” - René Descartes

The Single (Hons) Philosophy will equip you with unique skills of thinking critically, rigorously and sensitively about matters of utmost importance in living a meaningful life with confidence. You will reflect upon fundamental debates on a wide spectrum of concepts in ethics, epistemology, philosophy of art and political philosophy, such as, self, reason, meaning, certainty, freedom, democracy, aesthetic judgement, and social justice. You will be taught by internationally recognised published authors in radical and transdisciplinary thought who will carefully guide you in drawing connections between ideas, concepts, arguments and theories within philosophy. Through engagement with great works of philosophy from a variety of traditions, European and non-European, decolonised and feminist, contemporary and historical, you will learn to address conceptual questions with the benefit of a comparative perspective. We aim to acquaint you with analyses of philosophical problems with a focus on bridging divides between traditions of doing philosophy. You will be introduced to radical and innovative strands of philosophy drawing links between the traditional and the modern in a manner that prepares you to step into the increasingly globalized world of work and companionship with self-assurance.

What happens on the course?

You will have a unique opportunity to do philosophy with a practical intent, engaging with a variety of radical contemporary thinkers, both European and non-European. The curriculum innovatively ranges over decolonised and feminist philosophy, combining contemporary focus with a historically informed analysis of philosophical questions.

The study of philosophy will train you to think carefully, critically, and with clarity, taking a logical approach to addressing challenging questions and examining hard issues. You will have regular opportunity to practice good reasoning and evaluate the reasoning of others, in a supportive classroom environment. Through set tasks you will learn to present sound arguments and write effectively.

A range of teaching methods will be used, including, interactive lectures, seminars, group work and one-to-one tutorials. Directed reading and self-directed study will be supported by regular feedback from lecturers.

In this course, an international group of philosophers will teach you to use cutting edge arguments within philosophical discussions. These philosophers include:
Dr Meena Dhanda (D.Phil. Oxford); SFHEA; Course Leader; Reader in Philosophy and Cultural Politics
Dr Stefano Pippa (PhD. Kingston); Lecturer in Philosophy
Dr William Pawlett (PhD. Loughborough); Senior Lecturer in Media and Philosophy
Professor John Roberts (PhD.) Professor of Art and Aesthetics
Dr Alexei Penzin (PhD. Moscow); FHEA; Reader in Philosophy and Art

Why Wolverhampton?

Single (Hons) Philosophy at Wolverhampton offers:
• a cutting-edge exploration of philosophy, with a special focus on bridging different traditions of thought
• an engagement with a variety of radical, contemporary, European and non-European thinkers
• a combination of a contemporary focus with a historically informed analysis of philosophical questions
• research-led teaching by internationally recognised published authors in radical and transdisciplinary thought
• careful guidance in drawing connections between ideas, concepts, arguments and theories within philosophy
• a range of topical areas of study including decolonised and feminist philosophy, sexuality and identity, philosophy of art and social justice
• the legacy of a course that scored a full 24/24 in the last teaching quality assessment of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education
• an opportunity to interact with eminent philosophers through the Royal Institute of Philosophy lecture series organised annually since 2003.

Comments from our External Examiner on provision:
"The curriculum is very well designed with material which meets the requirements of philosophical rigour and contemporary relevance….it is evident that significant and sustained attention has been devoted to thinking about how to teach content in a way which encourages student engagement".

What our students think

“My philosophical education has nurtured my cognitive powers to levels of intensity and endurance I would never have thought myself capable of. Also, the enthusiasm of the lecturers has played an integral part in my coming to appreciate that the journey to new ways of seeing the world is as pleasurable as the destination itself.” Andres Del Cisne (Graduate, 2009)

“Throughout our lives, we ask countless questions, but doing Philosophy at Wolverhampton taught me how to ask the right ones. It opened my mind and heart to the vast intellectual landscape around me, encouraging me to engage critically with all that I encounter.” Arifa Dar (Graduate, 2016)

Career path

Philosophical study arms you with highly desirable skills including critical reasoning, advanced language competence and reasoned argument. Through further postgraduate studies, you could move into higher or further education to teach ethics and philosophy. Areas such as diplomacy, charity work, youth work, counselling, administration and management hold other openings.

What skills will you gain?

At the end of BA (Honours) Philosophy, you will be able to:

• Demonstrate a confident use of a range of specialist philosophical vocabulary in relation to all the areas of philosophy covered in the syllabus.
• Confidently articulate the ideas and arguments of some of the major philosophers in a variety of traditions of philosophy in written and/or oral presentations.
• Situate the range of debates on philosophical concepts, such as, self, consciousness, reason, value and art, in their determinate historical, social and cultural contexts.
• Demonstrate precision of thought and expression in an analysis and formulation of complex and controversial problems emerging from the reading of the texts.
• Appreciate the value of working cooperatively with others by using differences in perspective as learning opportunities to expand your horizon of thought, thereby, building critical self-awareness.
• Deploy reflective, synthetic and evaluative skills demonstrating autonomous learning and independent thought.

Entry requirements

2018 Entry

  • DD from A level
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade PPP, BTEC QCF Diploma grade MP
  • Pass Access to HE Diploma (Full Award)
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

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 for further information.

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

Course fees and finance

2018/9 Home/EU International
Full time £6,165 £11,700
Part time # £2,925

Degrees which include foundation year will be charged at the lower foundation rate for the first year. Subsequent years will be charged at the University Standard Degree rate.

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 2018/9. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact

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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