Theology & Religious Studies BA (Hons)

The Theology and Religious Studies award introduces the essential elements of the major world religions, and enables you to reflect upon the theological, ethical and philosophical issues that arise in them. Modules on this course will give you opportunity to explore the relationship between religion and often controversial issues in modern life. In this way, you will find that Theology & Religious Studies is a lively subject that deals with some of the most important issues of our time.

UCAS course code
V600
Location
York St John University
Course fees
2017 - 2018: Home & EU students: £9,250 per annum, International (non EU) students: £10,000 per annum
Duration
3 years full-time | 6 years part-time
Study Abroad
Yes - see our study abroad web pages for more information
Start date
September 2017 | September 2018

Course overview

The Department of Theology and Religious Studies is home to a closely related family of subjects: theology, philosophy, religious studies and ethics. Our undergraduate degrees enable students to explore the rich diversity of our world's religious cultures and to understand the deep theological and philosophical questions that they have given rise to. As a student of York St John, you will also be encouraged to reflect on the role that religious thought and practice plays in our own society, and to explore the questions that you have about this fascinating area.

We believe in learning through encounter and dialogue, and through observing and engaging in practical experiences. In this way our degrees remain rooted in the realities of our everyday life, and challenge us to reflect on these in our search for understanding and meaning. We also offer unique opportunities to develop your understanding and ideas through creative expression. To facilitate this, we run modules which explore the creative arts as a medium for philosophical or religious ideas. These modules enable students to communicate and develop the understanding they have gained in their degree through visual art and creative writing.

At York St John you will be part of a thriving department committed to excellence in both teaching and learning and research. You will be taught by experienced staff who are passionate about their subject and dedicated to enabling students to achieve success. The research interests of the department are wide and varied with staff publishing work on a range of topics within theology, philosophy, religious studies and ethics.

Sue Yore - Course Leader

Course structure

Level 1

Modules may include:

  • Introduction to Islam
  • Introduction to Asian Religions
  • Introduction to Christianity
  • Values & Virtues: Ethics & Religion
  • Studying Religion

Level 2

Modules may include:

  • Religion & Human Diversity
  • Theology: Action & Reflection
  • Issues in Contemporary Judaism
  • Christian Theology in the Modern World
  • Film, Ethics & Theology

Level 3

Modules may include:

  • Issues in Contemporary Theology
  • Religion & Globalisation
  • Creative Writing & the Search for Meaning
  • Mystical Traditions in the Abrahamic Religions
  • Independent Research modules
  • At Level 2 you will also study a work related learning module.

Teaching & Assessment

You will be introduced to a reflective approach to learning to help you develop your academic, personal and professional skills and you will be encouraged to reflect on your learning throughout your degree programme. You will learn to develop a reflective understanding of your work to equip with the necessary skills for your future personal development and the work-place environment. This will help you to cultivate skills such as perceptions and attitudes towards yourself and other people in relation to the subjects you are studying, identifying the need to learn new academic skills, working with other people, problem solving and communication.

The tutors will use a variety of learning and teaching methods in their sessions which are tailored both towards the subject and different approaches to learning (for example, lectures, seminars, group activities, visiting speakers, media, visits to relevant places of interest.) You will be given opportunities to actively participate in the teaching sessions and to develop your confidence through learning activities such as group discussion and presentations. This will enable you to develop both independence and collaborative skills as you learn both with and from your peers. Your tutor will guide you in preparing for these activities.

You will encounter a range of assessment strategies throughout your degree programme. These are designed to help you to enhance existing skills and build confidence in developing new ones. Assessments will include written, oral and visual communication, which you will be able to build on in the future. For example: essays, group or individual oral presentations, reflective writing, articles, exhibitions, portfolios and dissertations.

Programme specification

Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.

Learning support

York St John University works hard to create an inclusive environment for all our students. We offer a range of learning support services to assist students throughout their studies.

Entry requirements

Qualifications

The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

96-112 UCAS Tariff points

3 GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including English Language

For 2017 entry UCAS has altered how its tariff points are calculated. Calculate your tariff points.

Personal statement

Essential criteria

As well as a strong standard of written English, we also look for the ability to demonstrate knowledge and commitment to the subject and an open, wider view of the current issues. This can be done in a variety of ways, for example, through previous study (including qualifications in sociology, history and philosophy & ethics) , wider reading and a personal interest in the field of Religion and Theology. Applicants should display a willingness to learn about world religions and cultures in a tolerant atmosphere that welcomes open and free debate on the critical study of religion.

Valued criteria

Candidates can demonstrate a real enthusiasm for the subject that goes beyond achieving good grades in exams. Examples of this include relevant work/voluntary/overseas experience, career plans and transferrable skills. Other extra-curricular activities could include attendance at lectures, membership of appropriate clubs/organisations and community work (e.g. Duke of Edinburgh Awards).

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

Fees and funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Tuition fees for 2018 / 19 entry have not yet been confirmed.

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.

Tuition fees

UK & EU 2016 / 17

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2017 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and UG Health Programme degrees is £9,250 per year for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Fees & Funding

Overseas 2016 / 17

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2017 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £10,000 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

International Fees & Funding

Additional costs and financial support

Course-related costs

Module-specific costs

  • 1RS008, 1RS009, 1RS010, 2RS016, 3RS010 - Students are required to purchase set texts for each module. New copies cost between £15.00 and £30.00 per module, however, second-hand copies can be bought for as little as £2.00 - £3.00
  • 3RS004 - Students are required to purchase set novels, totalling around £60.00 for new copies. Second-hand copies can also be purchased at discounted prices.
  • 3RS002 - Students will need to purchase equipment as part of their portfolio production. This includes compulsory purchases of a sketch book, colour printing and finishing, totalling a maximum of £50.00 per student. We also recommend visits to art galleries, which will incur additional travel costs.
  • 1RS005, 1RS007, 2RS010, 3RS013 – Students are advised to purchase texts, however, this is not compulsory.
  • 1RS011 - Some students may incur a small cost associated with the production of their zine, for example, if they decide to use card or professional printing.
  • 2RS019, 2RS020, 2RS021 - These work-related learning modules may incur additional costs for DBS checks and placement costs.

Accommodation and living costs

View our accommodation webpages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

Study abroad

For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad webpages.

Financial help and support

Help and advice on funding your studies at York St John is available through our Money Advice service.

International students

We welcome international students from all over the world at York St John University and have a vibrant international community. You can find out more on our International Pages about how you can study with us and what it’s like to live and learn in York, one of the UK’s most historic cities.

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