Education and Religion BA (Hons)
UCAS code: VX36
Curious about religious culture? Eager to explore education and how it has evolved? Studying this combined education and religion degree, you’ll look at methods of teaching across all ages and the theology of different religious traditions.
The history, philosophy, psychology and sociology of education meets the study of world religions and their origins, practices and philosophies.
We’ve designed this education and religion degree to give you the chance to study two fascinating areas. Our experts will help you explore a wide range of intellectual resources, as well as theoretical and ethical perspectives. With optional modules in each year of study, you’ll also have the chance to shape your degree and explore the areas that interest you.
Insight into two different areas
Discuss and debate technology and its place in the classroom. Examine the emerging discipline of the economics of education. Spend time unravelling different subjects to boost your understanding of the UK education system.
When you’re not exploring education, you’ll be looking at religious cultures from across the globe – past and present. Our specialists will talk to you about sacred and significant texts, alongside the history, practices and theology of religious traditions.
Learn a Language
Sandwich Year Option Available
Studying Abroad Option Available
Work Placement Opportunity
What you'll study
What policies and procedures underpin the UK education system? We’ll start the course by exploring this question. You might consider what barriers to learning exist and how we can address these, or examine the role technology has to play in teaching and learning. In your religion modules, we’ll introduce you to the study of religion at degree level, exploring Dharmic and Abrahamic traditions.
Compulsory modules:Expand all
Module code: REL1004
Conceptions of Education: The UK Education System in Context
Module code: BED1002
Module code: REL1003
Introduction to Education Studies
Module code: BED1000
Introduction to the Study of Religion
Module code: REL1000
Learning in a Diverse Society
Module code: BED1003
Technology and its Place in Education
Module code: BED1005
Module code: TLC1010
Learn how to design and carry out research. Choose between a placement or an extended study of an aspect of education. With optional modules, you might also explore education from a psychological perspective, discover ideas from key thinkers in the field, or compare the UK education system with others around the world. For religion, explore how researchers study religious communities and investigate the influences of the Bible in the modern world.
Compulsory modules:Expand all
Designing and Managing a Research Project
Module code: BED2000
Ethnography: Living with Religions
Module code: REL2000
The Bible in the Modern World
Module code: REL2001
Agency, Power and Change in Education
Module code: BED2002
Education, Meaning and Understanding: Debates in the Philosophy of Education
Module code: BED2003
How and Why We Learn: Explorations in the Psychology of Education
Module code: BED2001
UK Education in its Global Contexts
Module code: BED2004
Work Based Learning in Education
Module code: BED2005
Work Related Learning in Education
Module code: BED2006
Module code: REL2003
Religion, Belief and Reason
Module code: REL2002
Module code: TLC2000
With a range of optional modules on offer, Year 3 provides plenty of freedom to shape your studies. You’ll have the chance to gain sociological and psychological perspectives of contemporary education. And it’s up to you whether you complete a dissertation. Pick optional modules for religion – explore the relationship between gender, sexuality and Christianity, study a religion like Islam in-depth, or analyse the role of religion and controversies surrounding it in the 21st century.
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Current Debates in the Psychology of Education
Module code: BED3003
Module code: BED3000
Exploring Issues and Affecting Change in Education
Module code: BED3004
Knowledge, Learning and Understanding
Module code: BED3002
Understanding Education through Sociological Perspectives
Module code: BED3001
Three of:Expand all
Module code: REL3000
Challenges and Controversies in Religion
Module code: REL3009
Module code: REL3008
Gender, Sexuality and Christianity
Module code: REL3007
Issues in Contemporary Islam
Module code: REL3005
Religion in the 21st Century
Module code: REL3002
Specialist Research Project in Religion
Module code: REL3006
Optional modules provide an element of choice within the course curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements. Some restrictions on optional module choice or combinations of optional modules may apply.
How you'll study
Modules are usually delivered through a combination of whole-group lectures and smaller group-seminars.
In Year 2 you will have the opportunity to undertake a work placement and engage in work-based learning. Placements will be in a variety of different settings in which education takes place, either formally (schools) or informally (for example, art galleries and museums), and will be closely matched to your career aspirations.
How you'll be assessed
The assessment methods for this programme incorporate a variety of both traditional and innovative formats. There will be a blend of essays and website development work. You will be asked to produce and present work through a combination of wikis and blogs, or to produce video presentations or give a live presentation. You will also create research posters reporting on the results of your investigations and be taught how to present your work in the format of professional magazine-style reports.
There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this programme.
Who will be teaching you
You will be taught by a team of lecturers who bring with them a vast amount of both professional and academic experience. Members of the team include academics who research both the theoretical and practical aspects of teaching and learning in a host of contexts. Other members of the programme team offer a wealth of experience in teaching across all age-phases and a wide range of academic disciplines including religion and theology.
Typical offer 104-112 UCAS Tariff points. No specific subjects are required.
|BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications)||Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM).|
|T Level||Overall grade of Merit.|
|International Baccalaureate (IB)||We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points.|
|Access to Higher Education Diploma||45 credits at Level 3, for example 9 credits at Distinction and 36 credits at Merit or 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.|
Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.
If you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven't been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.
English language requirements
International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.
If your current level of English is half a band or one band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.
How to apply
Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.
Did you know?
If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.Discover our accommodation
Housed in a state-of-the-art £9million building, the Faculty of Education enjoys a stunning setting from both its lakeside and piazza buildings.
Facilities in the lakeside building include a 300-seat lecture theatre, five well-equipped ICT suites, and 18 teaching rooms complete with the latest technology. The lakeside building is also home to a popular vegan and vegetarian cafe where students can meet to socialise and discuss their studies.
The nearby piazza building offers modern facilities including a lecture theatre and a number of seminar rooms.
Where you'll study
Faculty of Education
EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.
Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this course can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the course may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs. Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students.
EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals should ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.
Your future career
Our education and religion course is the perfect first step towards a career in teaching. Many of our students progress to a PGCE to prepare for life in schools.
Your career isn’t limited to the classroom though. Galleries, museums and zoos need people like you to inspire others and help them learn about different subjects. Businesses need graduates to design training plans too.
Typical roles our graduates secure include:
- teaching at early years foundation stage, primary, secondary or further education through PGCE/PGDE
- Learning Mentor
- Education Administrator
- Educational Psychologist
- Education Counsellor
- Social/Community Worker
- Prison Educator
- International Development Worker
- Training Organiser
However, many others specialise further with a Master’s in a related area. Perhaps your studies will help you discover another area like child and adolescent mental health.
Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, however our courses are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.
Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of professional bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.
Track changes to this course
Optional study abroad and sandwich year opportunities added - 24 June 2022
Optional study abroad and sandwich year opportunities have been added to the course with effect from September 2022 entry.
Update to Example Offers - 2 March 2021
Example offers updated to include the Education and Childcare T Level with an overall grade of Merit.
Change of Modules - 19 February 2021
REL1001 Introduction to the Sacred (20 credits) removed as a compulsory module in Year 1. REL1003 Eastern Dharma (20 credits) and REL1004 Abrahamic Traditions (20 credits) change from optional to compulsory in Year 1.
REL3001 Sexuality and the Sacred (20 credits) removed as a compulsory module in Year 3. REL3006 Specialist Research Project in Religion (20 credits), REL3007 Gender, Sexuality and Christianity (20 credits), REL3008 Contemporary Paganisms (20 credits) and REL3009 Challenges and Controversies in Religion (20 credits) added as optional modules in Year 3.