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Undergraduate Course

English Literature and Religion BA (Hons)

If you enjoy seeing things from different perspectives and exploring new ways of thinking, Literature and Religion is the degree for you.

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Both of these subjects develop vital skills in empathy, evaluating arguments and independent thinking. Through the study of both Religion and Literature you will engage with a wide spectrum of different viewpoints, perceptions and experiences.

100% of Religion, Theology and Philosophy students were satisfied with their course. (National Student Survey 2021)

96% of English Literature students felt that their lecturers were good at explaining things. (National Student Survey 2021)

York campus

  • UCAS Code – Q400
  • Duration – 3 years full time, 6 years part time
  • Start date – September 2022
  • School – School of Humanities

Minimum Entry Requirements

    104 UCAS Tariff points

    3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language.

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2021 entry £9,250 per year full time

    International 2021 entry £12,750 per year full time

Course overview

On this varied and flexible joint honours degree your learning will never be confined to academic theory. We always relate the topics we discuss back to issues which affect peoples lives. In your Religion modules this means tackling complex and sometimes controversial issues which can be approached through religion and theology, such as:

  • Wealth and poverty
  • Relationships between races and genders
  • The influence of the media
  • The role of ethics in life and death decisions
  • Environmental issues
  • The morality of war.

We see theology not as just an abstract concept but as something rooted in the realities of everyday life, and our search for meaning within it.

In English Literature we believe that words matter. Books have and will continue to change the world, and we explore texts in the context of the societies and cultures which surround them. You will go beyond the traditional canon of literature to study texts from many different genres and contexts. You will engage with classic texts, but may also find yourself reading:

  • Native American writing
  • Prison narratives
  • Radical poetry
  • LGBTQIA+ rights literature
  • Experimental writing
  • Literature of the Caribbean.

Field trips, guest speakers and events will enhance your learning throughout your degree. You will also have the opportunity to take part in workshops, writing sessions and readings through the York Literature Festival.

We are committed to helping you gain professional skills and experience, which is why this course includes a dedicated employability module. This allows you to gain work experience in a setting relevant to your career goals.

Course structure

Year 1

Our academic year is split into 2 semesters. How many modules you take each semester will depend on whether you are studying full time or part time.

In your first year, if you are a full time student, you will study:

  • 2 compulsory modules and 1 optional module in semester 1
  • 1 compulsory module and 2 optional modules in semester 2.

If you are a part time student, the modules above will be split over 2 years.

You can find out which modules are available in each semester on the Course Specifications.

This is a joint honours degree which means you must study at least 1 module from each subject every semester.

Optional modules will run if they receive enough interest. It is not guaranteed that all modules will run every year.

Modules

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module we will introduce you to the academic study of religion. We will prepare you for degree level study by discussing basic terms, methodologies and issues. The module will also provide you with the academic skills you need to succeed on your degree, including:

  • Using the library database
  • Referencing sources
  • Writing bibliographies
  • Communicating your ideas
  • Structuring your essays.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

This module will help you to become more confident in working with literature at degree level. You will engage with a range of texts written before the 19th century. This includes prose, drama, poetry, speeches, letters and articles. Through this you will start to think about how literature and history can be brought together, and why the study of English Literature remains a popular and important subject.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module we will examine some well known classic texts alongside more unusual selections. These texts will help you to question the social, political, cultural and historical values through which we approach literature. This includes an exciting range of texts across different media and forms, from 19th century poetry to early cinema and 1930s nonfiction. Along the way we will consider questions of gender, class, war, empire, form, genre and much more.

Credits: 20

Optional module

The module will take you through important debates in the philosophy of religion, from the classic to the contemporary. You will come to understand religion as an ever present aspect of human society. In doing so you will challenge established ideas and learn to construct rational arguments. The module will focus primarily on the western philosophical tradition and its relationship with the Abrahamic faiths. However, we will also consider how philosophical and religious thought interact in other traditions.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will learn about the global spread of Christianity, considering its interaction with diverse cultural, political and social contexts across history and the modern world. You will investigate the story of Christianity, and come to understand the changing global nature of Christianity today. This includes discussing the nature and impact of secularisation and areas of growth and decline for Christianity.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will learn the basics of academic writing and research at university level. Drawing on a range of classic and contemporary short stories and poems, you will develop skills such as:

  • Using the library catalogue
  • Choosing secondary sources
  • Planning essays
  • Developing arguments
  • Close reading texts.

These will allow you to write about and discuss the works that inspire you with confidence and flair.

Credits: 20

Optional module

Islam is a much discussed topic in today’s political climate, but often people misunderstand and misrepresent this diverse tradition. On this module you will learn about the basic beliefs and practices followed by the majority of Muslims across the globe, as well as exploring some of the different groups who call themselves Muslim. We will consider the experience of Muslims in the UK from a religious, social and political perspective.

Credits: 20

Optional module

This module provides an introduction to both the Old and New Testament. This will prepare you for more in depth study the Bible's role in society later in your degree. It is also a general introduction to the nature and interpretation of religious texts, particularly in the Christian tradition. You will consider the historical and cultural context in which it was written and addressing questions about canonicity and authority.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will explore ethics in both religious and secular traditions, applying them to various contexts, such as famine and affluence. You will consider:

  • What informs the ethical decisions people make
  • How people form their attitudes to moral dilemmas
  • Whether there are sources for moral reasoning other than religious ones
  • What, if anything, rich nations owe poorer nations.

You will reflect on your own assumptions surrounding these issues, and explore the relationship between ethical thought and religious belief.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module we will introduce you to the foundations of Christian theology by examining key figures, events and issues in the history of Christian thought. We will focus on both the historical development and the changing contexts of Christian theology. You will learn about the most significant sources of Christian theology, the key doctrines and the contributions of some of the major theologians.

Credits: 20

Optional module

The critic Michel Foucault once wrote that ‘power is everywhere’. On this module we will uncover how economic, social and cultural power is portrayed and exerted through the written word. We will explore who has power in a literary text, and we as readers can identify this. We will discuss these issues as they relate to identity politics and the intersections between class, gender, race, sexuality, ability, nation, and age in selected literary works.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module we will introduce you to 2 key concepts that will recur throughout your academic study: the idea of literary value and the concept of the canon. This will provide a context for you to reflect on what you study at university and why. We will question how assumptions about what is and isn't great literature can influence our reading and writing choices, potentially restricting us from exploring beyond the classics.

Year 2

In your second year, if you are a full time student, you will study 2 compulsory modules and 4 optional modules.

If you are a part time student, the modules above will be split over 2 years.

You can find out which modules are available in each semester on the Course Specifications.

You must choose at least 1 module from each subject every semester. Optional modules will run if they receive enough interest. It is not guaranteed that all modules will run every year.

Modules

Credits: 20

Optional module

This module is an opportunity to reflect on how the skills and knowledge you are gaining on your degree can benefit you in the future. You will use the expertise and resources available within the university to find out more about the possible career options available to you. You will also explore the philosophical, theological and ethical issues which may arise in the workplace, investigating theological meditations on the nature and meaning of work in the contemporary world.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module we will encourage you to think about your career options after graduation, and how the skills you are developing can help you to achieve these goals. We will focus on team work and project management skills, as you work in groups to develop, plan and execute a project. Alternatively, you could gain some industry experience with an external workplace placement. Guest speakers will share their experiences and introduce you to a variety of graduate career pathways, potentially including publishing, research, teaching, marketing and journalism.

Credits: 20

Optional module

This module focuses on modern western philosophy in an important period of intellectual history. You will be introduced you to the most influential philosophers from the beginning of the 17th century through to the end of the 19th century and explore the ethical and religious issues surrounding their work. You will learn about the interaction between philosophical and religious, and construct your own arguments in response to these ideas. This will help you to understand the concepts behind the debates surrounding religious belief in contemporary life.

Credits: 20

Optional module

This module gives you the opportunity to apply your developing understanding of ethical thought to an important area of contemporary life. Applied ethics is an essential part of philosophy. Within this field there is a significant focus on matters of life and death, with many of the debates in this area employing religious arguments. By considering a range of widely debated issues, you will come to understand how ethical theory interacts with practical matters and everyday life.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will explore a range of debates concerning a central themes in the philosophy of religion – the problem of evil. The existence of suffering, pain and atrocities has been used to question the existence of a benevolent God, and we will discuss some of the philosophical and theological responses to this problem. You will approach the topic through the works of various different philosophers, evaluating their different perspectives and forming your own critical responses.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will expand your understanding of religion through the study of literature. You will explore texts across a variety of genres, styles and time periods, all of which engage with ideas of religion and spirituality. We will also introduce you to important concepts in literary theory, such as intertextuality and reader-response theory. You will build your skills in analysis and critical reflection, considering how real experiences and debates can be expressed through fiction.

Credits: 20

Optional module

This module is an opportunity to explore the complex relationship between religion and politics. You will consider role religion plays in international relations, government policy and social identity. We will also discuss how governments can use religion to connect with citizens or to advance political agendas. Using case studies from across the world, we will investigate topics such as:

  • Religious freedoms and human rights
  • Democratisation
  • Religious extremism
  • Sectarian conflicts
  • Fundamentalism
  • Secularisation.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will explore one of the most pressing issues facing humanity: its relationship with an increasingly devastated natural environment. You will examine modern spiritual outlooks on the natural world, as well as emerging eco-theologies. We will consider how religious thinkers have responded to climate change and mass extinction, and how religious ideas can contribute to debates about sustainable living. You will consider tradition, doctrine and ancient wisdom and explore these alongside contemporary environmental issues and movements.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module we will focus on researching the spatial and historical development of religious communities in York and the surrounding area. We will consider how the beliefs and practices of these communities have developed according to changing social, cultural, economic and political contexts. This module will help you to build your research skills, giving you practical experience of data collection and analysis. You will also develop transferable teamwork, presentation and organisation skills.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module we will consider whether we can meaningfully approach literary texts outside of their historical contexts. We will question whether a text can mean anything to anybody, or if are there more objective ways of understanding them. This module engages with some of the most fundamental questions in literary studies. It will equip you with the theoretical background and skills to offer insightful readings of any text, irrespective of when and where it was published.

Credits: 20

Optional module

The English Civil War, the Commonwealth, the ‘Glorious Revolution’, and the Restoration of the Crown led to a period of great literary production – as well as suspicion from those in power towards writers and publishers. On this module we will discuss how literature challenged and negotiated what it meant to be ‘civil’ in this period. You will consider how new voices contributed to the conversation, including:

  • The working class
  • Women
  • Writers of colour
  • Dissenting writers

You will learn about the new kinds of literature which emerged to make sense of events, and the community that was created through reading.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module we will explore the different ways books and films tell stories, and what happens to literature and literary characters when they are translated onto the screen. We will introduce you to the theory, methods and conventions behind the process of adaptation. In addition to examining specific examples of film adaptation, you can choose to experiment creatively on an adaptation project of your own, using what you have learnt.

Credits: 20

Optional module

Science Fiction has a history of encouraging readers and viewers to reflect on their post industrial choices, and consider how they have affected the wellbeing of the planet and its inhabitants. On this module we will draw on a range of critical perspectives around utopianism to approach landmark texts in the history of science fiction. You will have the opportunity to get involved with our ongoing science fiction writing project Terra Two: An Ark for Off-World Survival (https://yorkstjohnterratwo.com/).

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will consider the relationship between American literature and the physical and symbolic spaces of its settings. In American culture concepts of space and setting have a particular relevance that dates back to events such as the Declaration of Independence, the founding of civic spaces, and the Californian Gold Rush. You will be challenged to think creatively, critically, and innovatively about physical space and literature. We will explore the relationship between American socio-economic history and the development of a specifically American literary tradition.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will encounter varied and interesting texts produced within and written about major conflicts of the 20th and early 21st centuries. We will start with depictions of the mechanised horror of the Western Front and progress through representations of:

  • The Second World War
  • The Spanish Civil War
  • Vietnam
  • The Troubles in Northern Ireland
  • 9/11 and the War on Terror.

We will read texts by writers as diverse as Martha Gellhorn, George Orwell and Kurt Vonnegut and examine the complex relationship between language, experience and memory.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will explore the idea of revolution, considering how the literature of this time agitated for and responded to political upheavals and changes. In this era writers took advantage of an increasingly literate population to put forward their views through plays, poetry, novels, treatises, periodical, and newspapers. This gives us an exciting range of texts to draw upon. We will consider:

  • The impact of ‘revolutions’ in literary tastes and production
  • Gender roles and expectations
  • The role of literature
  • The relationship between individuals and society.

Credits: 20

Optional module

From Obama to Beyoncé to the Black Lives Matter movement, the African American experience is a major influence on our contemporary political, cultural, and social landscape. Starting with the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s and continuing through to the present day, we will discuss key African American novels, plays, and poems. We will consider these alongside music, film, art, and political writings to understand how black writers have responded to and shaped American culture and history.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module we will consider how diseases are represented in novels from the late 18th century to the present day. You will investigate what disease can represent in literary texts, what associations come with different diseases and what anxieties about society diseases allow the author to explore. You will broaden your research skills by engaging with non literary texts such as medical handbooks and advertisements alongside literary works.

Credits: 20

Optional module

This is an exciting module that will explore Shakespeare’s plays in their early modern contexts, while also considering their creative potential for performance. We will look at contemporary stagings of his plays. This may include debates around colour/gender-blind casting, and exploring the implications of casting on the way we read the texts. Through this module you will engage with a range of theoretical approaches, from new historicism, cultural materialism and postcolonialism to feminist and queer readings.

Year 3

In your third year, if you are a full time student, you will study:

  • A Dissertation module. You can choose either a 20 credit option or a longer 40 credit option which is spread across semesters 1 and 2. Your dissertation can be focused on either History or English Literature.
  • 2 optional modules in semester 1
  • Either 2 or 3 optional module in semester 2, depending on the Dissertation option you choose.

If you are a part time student, the modules above will be split over 2 years.

You can find out which modules are available in each semester on the Course Specifications.

You must choose at least 1 module from each subject every semester. Optional modules will run if they receive enough interest. It is not guaranteed that all modules will run every year.

Modules

Credits: 20 or 40

Compulsory module

In your final year you will devise, plan and write an independent research project on a subject of your choice. You will be supported throughout this process by a supervisor with expertise in the area you are studying. This is an opportunity to develop further as an independent learner, demonstrating analytical skills which may include research in a fieldwork context. You can choose a short 5,000 word dissertation or a long 10,000 word option worth twice as many credits. You will also need to show awareness of your academic, professional and personal development through writing a learning journal.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will explore the role myth plays in explaining and defining human experience, from ancient mythology to popular culture. You will explore the religious nature of myth alongside theoretical explanations of how myth functions for individuals and communities. Through creative writing workshops and the study of established mythologies you will have the opportunity to write your own myth.

Credits: 20

Optional module

This module will explore key themes and theories relating to the Holocaust and wider genocide studies. We will consider how different mediums such as art, literature and film have been used to articulate responses to the Holocaust. As part of the module you will visit a Holocaust centre or museum, giving you an in depth understanding of the effects of genocide on victims, bystanders, perpetrators and survivors.  

Credits: 20

Optional module

The negotiated study is your opportunity to carry out independent research into a topic of your choice, within the broad field of Theology and Religious Studies. You will work independently to develop a proposal, research the topic and negotiate your own direction. You will do this with the support of a tutor with specialist knowledge in the area you are focusing on.

Credits: 20

Optional module

The concept of religion in the public sphere has developed in recent years. Today it is a way for religious communities to participate in the public arena and to converse with citizens on issues wider than religious matters. We will discuss the nature, rationale and methods of public engagement for religious communities in various global contexts. We will also consider how religious communities can help to create a public sphere where various political, economic, social and religious bodies can interact with each other for the public common good.

Credits: 20

Optional module

This module examines the role of religion in a global context through the application of theories concerning globalisation, secularisation, fundamentalism and migration. We will explore this through various media, including:

  • Books
  • Articles
  • News items
  • Film
  • Literature
  • Online media.

You will consider case studies of specific religions interacting with global issues to give context to the different theoretical perspectives.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will explore the complex and often problematic relationship between feminist ethics and the Abrahamic religions. You will draw on your understanding of the complexity of religious traditions and ethical theories, as you explore arguments made by feminist thinkers. You will also examine and reflect upon various presumptions, prejudices and discriminations made in relation to gender, at both theoretical and practical levels.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module we will explore the role of the visual in religious practice and identity. Symbolism has always been important in religion, and today this imagery is given new meaning through its inclusion in public and personal spaces. You will respond to various forms of public art and visual objects which are informed by religion, including:

  • Community wall art
  • Statues
  • Architecture
  • Body art
  • Mass produced imagery.

We will consider how these art forms can be inspirational or offensive, and how they can convey religious ideas in different political and cultural contexts.

Credits: 20

Optional module

This is your opportunity to study in detail influential philosophical texts that deepen our understanding of religion. You will explore these texts within their cultural, religious and political contexts. You will also evaluate critical responses to the texts, assess its influence on religious and philosophical thought. We focus on different texts every year, depending on staff expertise and student interest. Examples of the texts we could discuss include:

  • Nietzsche’s Genealogy of Morals
  • Heidegger’s Being and Time
  • Keller’s Face of the Deep
  • Stump’s Wandering in Darkness.

Credits: 20

Optional module

Spirituality is now a widely discussed topic in debates about the place of religion within society. On this module you will investigate the concept of the spiritual revolution in contemporary society, considering its relationship with religion, secular society and economics. We will explore topics such as:

  • The growing individualisation of religious belief
  • Spiritual approaches to wellbeing and mindfulness
  • Spiritual responses to environmental issues
  • Changing attitudes and practices around death and mourning.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will apply the knowledge and understanding you have built through the course so far to a new area. We will use the medium of film to explore theological and ethical issues. We will introduce you to the language and conventions of film analysis, before supporting you to explore individual films or scenes in detail. As you move towards your final assignment you will investigate a theological theme or ethical concept to explore through your choice of relevant films.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will investigate how the novel form was developed, challenged, and experimented with in the Victorian period. You will consider how the novel engages with and represents social issues in the period, but also how the novel form itself adapted and transformed as a vehicle of expression. You will discover how novels transformed from realist texts which set out to depict believable and probable events and characters to varied and experimental genres, including:

  • Science fiction
  • The sensation novel
  • Romance
  • Mystery and adventure.

Credits: 20

Optional module

By the beginning of the 20th century many of the religious, philosophical and cultural assumptions of the West had been overturned, and new aesthetic movements emerged whose radical call was to ‘make it new’. On this module we will introduce you to these restless modernists and the consequences of their work in 20th century culture. You will examine how the Civil Rights Movement, feminism, and queer subcultures used emerging ideas and experimental aesthetics as tools in their politically radical activism.

Credits: 20

Optional module

This module examines the origins of Gothic literature and conventions, exploring how the Gothic persists and adapts to different historical and cultural contexts. We will be reading poetry and prose, drama and non-fiction throughout the module, as well as considering other media such as art, film, and sound and critical theories of the Gothic.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will investigate the theatrical experimentation that took place over the last century, and consider its impact on the contemporary stage. You will consider the major movements and perspectives of the period against the background of wider intellectual, cultural and aesthetic debates. Through this we will explore the creative dynamics between:

  • Tradition and innovation
  • Word and image
  • Writing and performance
  • Reading and spectatorship.

Credits: 20

Optional module

This is an opportunity to get involved with a current staff research project. The topics on offer in any particular year will reflect the research being carried out by your tutors. This is a great way to be part of the research culture within the department and add to the creation of new knowledge. You will build further on the research skills you have already developed, which will help you with your own independent dissertation.

Credits: 20

Optional module

This module will examine a selection of texts from 20th century American literature, and relate these works to their cultural, social and political backgrounds. We will focus on texts that demonstrate formal innovation and experimentation, and the selection will reflect the variety of twentieth century American experience. You will read Native American, African American and Chinese-American texts alongside literature produced in the wake of radical social change such as Beat writing, Vietnam narratives, and responses to 9/11.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module we will examine texts from the English speaking and Creole Caribbean, a region that has produced 2 Nobel Prize winners in Literature. We will introduce you to a range of writing from and about the Caribbean, allowing you to appreciate the longstanding global impact of this writing and how it is currently being marked and remembered. We will particularly focus on the close connections of the past and present between Britain and the Caribbean.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will examine texts from a variety of locations, including Europe and the USA, Africa and the Asian subcontinent. Using these texts we will debate the contradictions of contemporary global society. You will consider:

  • Whether local traditions or global culture has more impact in the modern world
  • What those in one part of the world do or do not owe to those living in another
  • Whether the popularity of literary texts which aim to represent and understand ‘the other’ is something to celebrate, or simply another form of exoticism.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module we will explore issues surrounding gender and sexuality. We will debate whether various elements of gender are natural or cultural, as well as how different genders and sexualities are presented in film and literature. We will investigate how do different cultural groups use popular culture and literature to reinforce, challenge, transgress or disrupt traditional gender expectations. This module challenges you to draw on all of the skills, theories and approaches encountered throughout your degree to interrogate the representation of gender roles and sexuality in popular culture.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning

We use a variety of learning and teaching methods, allowing for different approaches to learning. These include:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars and workshops
  • Group activities
  • Events and visiting speakers
  • Field trips
  • Tutorials.

In each year of study you will attend an away day or writing retreat with the whole year group.

You will typically study 3 modules each semester. Each module will normally have 3 hours of contact time each week, so you will have a minimum of 9 hours each week of teaching.

Alongside your timetabled sessions, you will need to study independently. You will mean spending time reading around the topics we cover and preparing for your taught sessions.

You will be assigned a personal tutor when you join us, and they will support your progress and help with any concerns throughout your degree.

Our teaching draws on both our research and professional experience. This means your learning is informed by the most current thinking in the subject area. You can find out more about our research and backgrounds by visiting our staff pages.

Assessment

There are no exams on this course. We use a variety of assessments designed to help you build new skills. This includes:

  • Essays
  • Group or individual presentations
  • Reflective writing
  • Articles
  • Exhibitions and posters
  • Portfolios.

You will receive feedback on your work throughout each module, allowing you to improve before you take on your graded assessments.

Career outcomes

Your future with a degree in English Literature and Religion

Through this degree you will learn to think in an empathetic and critical way. You will also gain valuable skills in writing, analytical thinking, time management, problem solving, and public speaking.

This degree could be the first step toward your career in:

  • Ministry or interfaith work
  • Social services
  • Charity and community projects
  • Publishing
  • Editing and copywriting
  • Marketing and PR.

Discover more career options on Prospects careers advice pages.

You could also progress onto a postgraduate degree and take your learning even further.

Postgraduate courses at York St John University

Religion in Society MA

Contemporary Literature MA

Whatever your ambitions, we can help you get there.

Our careers service, LaunchPad provides career support tailored to your ambitions. Through this service you can access:

  • Employer events
  • LinkedIn, CV and cover letter sessions
  • Workshops on application writing and interview skills
  • Work experience and volunteering opportunities
  • Personalised career advice.

This support doesn't end when you graduate. You can access our expert career advice for the rest of your life. We will help you gain experience and confidence to succeed. It's your career, your way.

Entry requirements

Qualifications

Minimum Entry Requirements

    104 UCAS Tariff points

    3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language.

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International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements.

Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our International pages.

If English is not your first language you will need to show that you have English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

International entry requirements

This course is available with a foundation year

If you do not yet meet the minimum requirements for entry straight onto this degree course, or feel you are not quite ready for the transition to Higher Education, this is a great option for you. Passing a foundation year guarantees you a place on this degree course the following academic year.

Liberal Arts foundation year

Mature Learners Entry Scheme

If you have been out of education for 3 years or more and have a grade C GCSE in English Language or equivalent, you are eligible for our entry scheme for mature learners. It's a scheme that recognises non-traditional entry qualifications and experience for entry onto this course. Information on how to apply can be found on our dedicated page.

Mature entry offer scheme

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. You can read them on our Admissions page.

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 depends on whether you live inside the UK or EU, or internationally (outside the UK/EU). Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

UK and EU 2022 entry

The tuition fee for 2022 entry onto this course is

  • £9,250 per year for full time study
  • £6,935 per year for the first 4 years if you study part time.

These prices apply to all UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

You can find out more about funding your degree by visiting our funding opportunities page.

Funding Opportunities

Placement year funding

If you choose to take a placement year, and your course offers it, you can apply for the Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loan for your placement year. How much you are awarded is based on the type of placement being undertaken and whether it is a paid or unpaid placement. The tuition fee for your placement year will be reduced.

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2021 entry £9,250 per year full time

    International 2021 entry £12,750 per year full time

International 2022 entry

The tuition fee for 2022 entry to this course is £12,750 per year for full time study.

This price applies to all students living outside the UK/EU.

Due to immigration laws, if you are an international student on a Student Visa, you must study full time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

Find out more about funding your degree.

International Fees and Funding

Additional costs and financial support

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

Course-related costs

While studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

Study Abroad

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

Accommodation and living costs

For detailed information on accommodation and living costs, visit our Accommodation pages.

Financial help and support

Our Funding Advice team are here to help you with your finances throughout your degree. They offer a personal service that can help you with funding your studies and budgeting for living expenses. 

For advice on everything from applying for scholarships to finding additional financial support email fundingadvice@yorksj.ac.uk

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