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School of Humanities

Religious Studies and Sociology

BA (Hons) Part-time 6 years, Full-time 3 years

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.

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.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code VV63
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  • Fees View
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Part-time, Full-time
  • Course Length Part-time (6 years), Full-time (3 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School School of Humanities

Why choose this course?

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.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

 The practical engagement with local religious communities provides a good foundation for employment in the public and voluntary sectors. Religion is an important aspect of many people’s lives; a sociological understanding of religion is highly relevant to employment in the caring professions, social services, community work, regeneration, the police, nursing, project work in social exclusion and neighbourhood renewal and a wide range of business activities.

This is an ideal course for students who want to go on to a PGCE course. Many 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, students may go on to do postgraduate study, in either Sociology or Religious Studies or, for example, in teaching or Social Work.

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 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

Additional Course Costs

Additional Field Trips

£100 - Partially subsidised trips may include: Stonehenge, Glastonbury, Beth Shalom, local places of Worship

Further information on these additional costs will be provided prior to the start of your studies

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

2020 Entry         

Typical entry requirement: 96 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades CCC / BCD
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades MMM
  • Access to HE Diploma: 45 L3 credits at Merit

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

Other Requirements

Students must usually have studied for a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, we will consider applications from mature students who do not have two years of post-16 study, where they have relevant work experience. Please see for further information.

 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.”

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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