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School of Humanities

Religious Studies with Foundation Year

BA (Hons)

This specialist course provides a range of modules in Religious Studies and Ethics for students who intend to enter a career in education or other professional contexts.

This specialist course provides a range of modules in Religious Studies and Ethics for students who intend to enter a career in education or other professional contexts.

Why choose this course?

This specialist course provides a range of modules in Religious Studies and Ethics for students who intend to enter a career in education or other professional contexts.

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.

Central to the course is an opportunity for you to develop your full intellectual potential by introducing you to significant religious, ethical, and philosophical debates whilst developing skills for successful study and future employment. Religious Studies modules provide substantive knowledge and understanding of the major world religions, whilst the ethics modules provide an opportunity to gain an understanding of ethical systems, ethical theories, ethical decision-making and contemporary ethical dilemmas.

This course provides you with all the subject knowledge required for students entering initial teacher education courses in the areas of World Religions and Ethics, covering the aspects of religions and ethics that feature in GCSE and A Level courses.

You also complete the Professional Development Award through volunteering and placement opportunities.  This enables you to develop a range of competencies and professional skills that will enhance your applications for QTS courses.



What happens on the course?

The course offers you an insight into an important aspect of human life, religion in its major and diverse forms.

You will explore the ways that the study of religion has developed, and apply methods from the discipline to explore aspects of contemporary religion. This open non-confessional approach explores the major world religions together with minority and diverse expressions.

Our students come from a range of religious and secular backgrounds, so you may find you are discussing topics with people from Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, agnostic and secular viewpoints. Your study will provide a sound foundation in knowledge and understanding of religions, and you will develop the ability to apply theoretical frameworks to develop and present your analysis of topics.

Indicative course content:
Level 4:
The study of Hinduism; Jews, Judaism and the Holocaust; Religions in Wolverhampton; Introduction to Philosophy; Thinking Ethically; Success in Higher Education.

Level 5: The Study of Christianity; Sikhism; Religion in educational and professional contexts; Media, Communication and Ethics; Volunteering in Action; South Asia: Culture, Politics and Society.

Level 6: Philosophy of Religion; The Study of Islam; Religious ethics; Media, Religion and Ethics; Fieldwork in Religious Studies (Buddhism); Religious Studies Independent Study.


Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

This is an ideal course for students who want to go on to do a teacher training course in Religious Education. 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. This specialist course content enables you to cover all the subject knowledge requirements for a Secondary RE PGCE in the areas of world religions and philosophy of religion/ ethics.

In addition the course is based around a Professional Development Award, to enable you to gain this award as part of your degree study. The volunteering opportunities in each year of the course provide experiences of placements in schools, religious organisations and other relevant settings. You are also encouraged to engage in personal development planning, to ensure that you take all opportunities to develop your potential. This covers skills required for learning, accessing and processing information, presentation skills, and working with others.

This development of your language competences to graduate level, together with practical engagement with local religious communities provides a good foundation for employment in the public sector. Social, religious and learning identities are an important aspect of many people’s lives, and possessing an understanding of them 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 you will be digitally literate and have a good understanding of the design and presentation of materials for different audiences.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

The Religious Studies course at the University of Wolverhampton is a well established and resourced course with an innovative and evolving curriculum which includes professional placement opportunities.

The 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. In each year of the course students have an opportunity for a volunteering placement in a range of settings: a school, a religious based organisation, or another employer.

The course programme covers all areas of subject content specified for Secondary RE trainees and leads to a Professional Development Award, which enables you to develop your profile specifically for a teaching career or a career in the caring professions. The course also includes a unique combination of modules that draw together the contemporary and the historical, the local and the global.

You will be taught by staff with a background in Secondary RE teaching, who are able to link learning to the knowledge and skills required for teaching. Our team of staff have a proven and respected research and publications record.

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

  1. A successful graduate from this course will be able to demonstrate:

    1. an advanced knowledge of the values and principles of religions and ethics  and a critical approach to these ideas; religions and ethics in a variety of  global and local contexts;
    2. knowledge and understanding of the major world religions, and the ethical dimension within each religion;
    3. employability skills through placements in educational, religious and other relevant settings;
    4. a critical reflection on and evaluation of ethical systems, ethical decision making  and a critical analysis of contemporary ethical issues;
    5. the ability to act on tutor feedback, to develop a range of transferable skills intrinsic to Religious Education and of value in graduate employment;
    6. an ability to identify and employ a range of oral, written and digital resources in the production of advanced scholarly materials. 



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.

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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