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School of Humanities

Religious Studies and Sociology with Foundation Year

BA (Hons) Full-time 4 years, Part-time 8 years

The Foundation year prepares students for university level study.

The Foundation year prepares students for university level study.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code V622
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Full-time, Part-time
  • Course Length Full-time (4 years), Part-time (8 years)
  • Campus Location University of Wolverhampton
  • School School of Humanities

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.

A degree in Sociology and Religious Studies offers you the chance to analyse and understand the complexities of the social world in which we live. During your studies, you will learn about those concepts, theories and methods essential to what we call a ‘sociological Imagination’, and apply your ideas to the study of religions in the local community, where you explore the issues that concern religious leaders and their communities.

Religious Studies provides the opportunity to study the major world religions and explore themes relating to the full range of religious belonging in the UK. 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 cooperatively. These skills will equip 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?

First year modules introduce you to concepts, themes and debates within Sociology and Religious Studies. Key issues, theories and methodological approaches for the study of religion and sociology are addressed. This is accompanied by an opportunity to develop a chronological and conceptual overview of the major religious traditions and to apply your sociological imagination to the study of popular culture, women’s campaigning and to the institutions of education, work and health.

In Year 2, you study specific religious traditions and explore a range of social and philosophical issues. You deepen your understanding of sociological research methods and consider key classical and contemporary social theories and apply these to issues of human security and ‘race’ and cultural identity.

In the final year of your studies you continue your study of specific world religions. You are also able to specialise in subjects such as ‘Gender and Development in Non-Western Societies’, ‘Work and Society’, ‘Global Educational Issues’, ‘Sociology of Health and Illness’.

You will undertake a supervised, individually designed project in Religious Studies or Sociology. As part of your project, you may undertake fieldwork into a current religious issue, or select a topic of particular interest to you. Alternatively you may engage in a community-based research project.

At each level of study you have the opportunity to undertake an accredited voluntary placement in a community-based organisation.

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Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!


  • This course is innovative in the extensive engagement with the local religious environment in Wolverhampton.
  • There are opportunities at each level of study for community-based placements.
  • This programme develops your knowledge and skills through the study of theories and methods, and their practical application to a range of social and cultural issues.
  • The teaching team are all active researchers who are eager to share their ideas and practical experiences. Our teaching is technology-enhanced, for example, in utilising iPods for field visits to places of worship.

The members of academic staff who lead this course are Opinderjit Takhar, Steve Gregg, Shirin Housee   

 A successful graduate from this course is expected to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of :

  • a range of theoretical and methodological approaches in Sociology and comprehend the distinctive character of Sociological Thought;
  • religions in a variety of historical, social and local contexts;
  • theories and methods to analyse religion and religions and to be able to apply these in practical contexts.

Graduates are also expected to:

  • critically review, analyse and evaluate a wide range of sociological evidence in relation to various disciplined-based theories, and to mobilise a reasoned sociological argument;
  • conduct preliminary research, and communicate findings to a range of audiences, using appropriate technologies in digitally literate ways.
  • act independently, to manage their own learning and reflect critically on their own personal and social development.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
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

  • 48 UCAS points
  • DD from A levels
  • 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.

 Students report that:

“This course offers students an exciting and stimulating opportunity to study World faiths within the West Midlands. I would highly recommend it.”

“The Sociology staff are so supportive. My educational journey in Sociology has made me feel I can do anything I want to and do it well. Upon graduating with my degree in Sociology, I decided to do my postgraduate studies at the University of Wolverhampton too, as the experience of the Sociology staff meant I didn't want to go anywhere else.”

Tuition Fees Loan Home and EU National):

Most students will be able to apply for loans to help pay for these. Depending on where you live, if you have been to University previously and your circumstances, grants, bursaries and scholarships might also be available. Visit student finance on the website to find out more.

EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year:

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the website to find out more.


If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay. For more information please contact the Gateway.

Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

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.

Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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