The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Religious Studies and Education Studies

Why choose this course?

This innovative course provides the essential skills and knowledge of Education Studies and Religious issues. A key progression route, is to a PGCE programme. Central to the course is an opportunity for you to develop your full potential, developing the skills for successful study and future employment.

Education Studies aims to provide invaluable insights into learning, teaching and education systems. It introduces students to a variety of educational concepts and fields of enquiry. Students will actively engage in investigating the cultural, religious, psychological, political and linguistic dimensions of teaching and learning. The diversity of learning, classrooms and schools in contemporary society will be examined, alongside the impact of globalisation and international issues and perspectives.

This educational theme is applied in the study of religions in the local community, where you explore the issues that concern religious leaders and their communities. Learning will be at the heart of this.

What happens on the course?

The core first year modules lay the foundation for the subjects and introduce students to current themes and debates. This covers the key theoretical questions underpinning Education Studies as well as the theory and methods for the study of religion. This is accompanied by an opportunity to develop a chronological and conceptual overview of the major religious traditions.

In Years 2 and 3 you study specific religious traditions and explore a range of social and philosophical issues. In the final year the project allows you to investigate an issue in education in depth, while fieldwork allows an investigation of an aspect of a current religious issue.

Through the course, 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, and using a range of electronic formats. Extensive use is made of technology to enhance learning, through the PebblePad ePortfolio system students use blogs, wikis and forums for collaborative learning.

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.

The course is ideal preparation for students who 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.

Extensive use is made of a range of up to date technologies to enhance learning experiences. The Wolverhampton designed 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.

Career path

This is an ideal course for students who want to go on to a PGCE course. The majority of our graduates have taken this path and become successful teachers, with a responsibility for RE in the primary sector or as RE specialists in secondary schools.

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

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.

What skills will you gain?

  1. the subject knowledge, underlying theories, values and principles of Education Studies.
  2. the different contexts in which learning can take place and the range of different participants and issues in the learning process.
  3. personal value systems, developments and practices with reference to concepts and theories encountered in Education Studies, particularly social justice, inclusion and globalisation.
  4. knowledge and understanding of religion and religions in a variety of historical, social and local contexts.
  5. knowledge, understanding and application of theories and methods to analyse religion and religions.
  6. analyse the relationship between religion and wider society, relating subject knowledge to contemporary debates about religion in educational contexts.

Entry requirements

2016 Entry

Other Requirements

Entry to this course requires a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check.

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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