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School of Humanities

Philosophy with Foundation Year

BA (Hons)

The Foundation year prepares students for university level study.

The Foundation year prepares students for university level study.

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.

Course Modules

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Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

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".

The member of academic staff who leads this course is Meena Dhanda

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.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2019-20
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £2975 per year# 2019-20
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
International Full-time £12000 per year 2019-20
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Part-time £6000 per year# 2019-20
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

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

2020 Entry

Typical entry requirement: 48 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades DD
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades PPP
  • Pass Access to HE Diploma (Full Award)

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

  • 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.


“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)

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

Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.
It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.

The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.

Visit student finance on the website to find out more.

Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund ( for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


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