The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Religious Studies and Philosophy

Why choose this course?

This integrated course in Religious Studies and Philosophy develops graduates who will be able to draw on both disciplines in their exploration and analysis of philosophical and religious issues. Thus critical reasoning developed within Philosophy can be linked to an empathetic appreciation of other religious worldviews. In addition philosophical issues about the body, gender and identity are contextualized within the study of teachings and practices within a range of religious traditions.

Graduates from this course can use this combination as an ideal platform from which to move to a Secondary PGCE in Religious Education. Central to the course is an opportunity for you to develop your full potential, developing the skills for successful study and future employment.

As well as subject-specific knowledge, graduates will develop a wide range of key transferable skills including enhanced communication, analytical and technological proficiency. The degree encourages individuals to become digitally literate and intellectually curious, with the capacity to work both independently and as part of a wider team to understand, develop and apply solutions to both theoretical and practical problems. Such skills equip our graduates to use their knowledge in enterprising and profitable ways in their chosen careers and develop their roles within the wider community.

What happens on the course?

The core first year modules lay the foundations for Religious Studies and Philosophy, in an introduction to theoretical and methodological approaches. The ethical strand which runs through the course is introduced in ‘thinking ethically’.

At the heart of the Religious Studies and Philosophy course is the opportunity to study specific religious traditions, Christianity, Sikhism and Islam, along with the Enlightenment - widely regarded as the movement that formed the central institutions and structures of the modern western world. Thus students simultaneously explore theological, philosophical and contemporary themes. Year long modules in ‘Faith communities and Social Policy’, ‘Law, Morality and Society’ and ‘fieldwork’ provide the opportunity to explore religion and philosophy in educational, business, social or community settings. You can also choose to study modules like Freedom, Recognition and Authenticity; Philosophy of Mind; Self and Other; Philosophy of Language.

Through the course of the degree students are encouraged to extend and apply their knowledge in modules which involve them in a range of stimulating activities and processes, leading discussions, presenting and carrying out research, undertaking placements and fieldwork. Digital literacy is demonstrated in the selection and application of appropriate technologies to access, explore and present understandings of philosophical and religious material.

Why Wolverhampton?

The Religious Studies and Philosophy integrated Joint 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.

The course is ideal preparation if you intend to go into Secondary RE teaching. Staff have recent and relevant experience of teaching in secondary schools and have been involved in local and national developments in Religious Education.The combination of Religious Studies and Philosophy is particularly relevant for students aiming to enter a career in education.

Extensive use is made of a range of up to date technologies to enhance learning experiences. Our Pebble Pad ePortfolio system is central to learning and provides a tool for personal development planning. In addition staff are involved in research on the use of technology in learning, for example using iPods to enhance field visits to places of worship.

You will have the opportunity to listen to internationally renowned scholars through the Royal Institute of Philosophy public lecture series hosted by the University.

Comment from our External Examiner on provision:

For Philosophy:

"The curriculum is very well designed with material which meets the requirements of philosophical rigour and contemporary relevance. It is suitably orientated to cater for the interests of the students on the joint honours program. As in previous years 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 09)

"I really enjoyed learning about different religions and the philosophical theories. This course seemed the best one for me, and the lecturers could not have been more supportive. I'm looking forward to progressing on to teach." - Natalie Husband

Career path

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.

This is an ideal course for students who want to go on to a PGCE course. Many graduates have become successful teachers, with a responsibility for RE in the primary sector or as RE specialists in secondary schools. The combination of Religious Studies and Philosophy suitably prepares students for the ethics and/ or philosophy of religion sections in GCSE, AS and A Level syllabi.

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, understanding religion from a philosophical point of view is highly relevant to the caring professions, social services, community work, the police, nursing and a wide range of business activities.

Besides teaching, graduates with this integrated Joint honours have also taken up careers in IT, local government and media and campaigning, while some have opted for MA and PhD study.

What skills will you gain?

On successful completion of this course you will be able to demonstrate:

  • familiarity with specialised philosophical vocabulary; drawing connections between ideas, concepts, arguments and theories within Philosophy, between Philosophy and Religious Studies, and in practical contexts;
  • the ability to present, in both oral and written forms, a clear and well-structured assessment of relevant considerations; and an openness to reasoned dialogue with others in contexts of problem identification, analysis and response;
  • intellectual skills for independently reasoned research, involving critical analysis and evaluation of textual arguments;
  • knowledge and understanding of religion and religions in a variety of historical, philosophical and local contexts;
  • knowledge, understanding and application of theories and methods to analyse religion and religions;
  • the ability to act independently, to manage your own learning, both independent and within groups, and reflect critically on your own personal and social development.

Entry requirements

2016 Entry

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

2017/8 Home/EU International
Full time - * £11,475
Part time - *
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 2017/8. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 321150

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

* We are currently unable to confirm these fees.

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

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