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BA (Hons) Religious Studies and Philosophy with Foundation Year

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.

This integrated degree 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.