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Philosophy BA (Hons)

UCAS code: V500

Learn to think creatively and logically as you grapple with the fundamental questions of human existence. Apply a philosophical approach to the real world challenges of social justice, climate change, racism, sexism, war, and poverty. Enter the job market with transferable skills and attributes highly valued by employers.

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Overview

Course length: 3 years full-time
Start dates: September 2025
Location: Edge Hill University
Example offers: BCC-BBC (A Level) or DMM (BTEC) View full entry criteria
Subject(s): Religion and Philosophy
Faculty: Education
Department: Secondary and Further Education
Five Philosophy students sit at a table having a discussion

How should we live our lives? What is a just society? How can we know what exists?

Our BA (Hons) Philosophy degree equips you with the skills to interrogate fundamental questions about life, the universe and everything in between. It’ll help you to think creatively and logically, debating issues clearly, persuasively and rationally.

Exploring works from a variety of different philosophical traditions and historical periods, you’ll learn to critically question ideas concerning the nature of reality, value and experience, and analyse concepts such as existence, reason and truth.

And you’ll look to apply a philosophical approach in the real world. How do we think about our communities and social justice? Where do race and culture sit in modern societies? What does it mean to be human now? What is free speech, and should it be regulated?

In addressing contemporary issues, you’ll engage with the ideas of some of humanity’s greatest minds, searching for progressive responses to the most critical challenges of our age: social justice, climate change, racism, sexism, war, and poverty.

In your first year you’ll be introduced to foundational concepts and philosophical traditions. You’ll explore topics such as the European tradition, philosophy in everyday life, and sex and gender. In Year 2 you’ll engage with global philosophical traditions and key arguments. You’ll grapple with race and colonialism, ethics, ancient philosophies, and philosophy of the mind. And in Year 3 you’ll expand your knowledge of Eastern philosophies and apply philosophical ideas to issues such as the environment, technology and literature.

Our philosophy graduates will enter the job market with confidence and a comprehensive set of transferable skills and attributes highly valued by employers: problem-solving, teamworking, critical thinking and reflective skills, leadership, resilience, and self-belief.

Course features

  • Work placement opportunity

  • International students can apply

What you'll study

We’ll introduce you to the key concepts, traditions, methods and applications of philosophy. By the end of Year 1, you will be able to apply the disciplinary skills and knowledge that you have developed as you continue into your second and third year.

Compulsory modules:

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Continental Philosophy
Ethics
Introduction to Philosophy
Philosophy, Culture and Everyday Life
Sex and Gender
Theory of Knowledge

In Year 2 you will utilise your philosophical grounding gained from Year 1 to both delve deeper into the various philosophical traditions that exist now and have existed in the past, as well as applying the methods and concepts to real-world problems and issues. We look at some key issues such as race and colonialism and apply our philosophical knowledge to diagnose problems, draw out contexts, and propose solutions.

Compulsory modules:

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Ancient Philosophies
Philosophy at Work (Work Based Learning)
Philosophy of the Mind
Political Philosophy
Race and Colonialism

One of:

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Philosophy of Education (1)
Philosophy of Religion, Belief and Reason

In the third and final year of your studies, you will continue to develop your philosophical knowledge and skills, though more time will be spent on the application of philosophy to social issues (both good and bad). These include, climate change and the environment, education, religion and technology.

Compulsory modules:

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Philosophy and Literature
Philosophy and the Environment
Eastern Philosophies

60 credits to be chosen from:

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Philosophy Dissertation
Philosophy of Education (2)
Religion and Critical Debates
Philosophies of Technology

Where your course includes optional modules, these are to 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

You will study through a combination of lectures and seminars, which are all delivered at our Ormskirk campus. You will normally have three or four sessions per week, amounting to approximately 9-12 hours of direct tuition per week. You will also be expected to work on your own through completing set readings and engaging in independent learning.

Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.

How you'll be assessed

You will be assessed through a range of methods such as presentations, posters, traditional essays, portfolios and blogs.

In all cases, you will be supported to ensure that you have the best opportunity to demonstrate and expand your learning.

Who will be teaching you

You will be taught by a team of experts in the realm of philosophy and its applications. Our team have specialities including: education, religion, ethics, technology, the mind, the environment, sex and gender, and race.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

Typical offer 104 – 112 UCAS Tariff points for which no specific subjects are required.

In addition, you will typically be expected to have five GCSEs at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent ). GCSE English Language at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent) is normally required.

Applicants with an Access to Higher Education Diploma will require 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.

Example offers

Qualification Requirement
A Level BCC-BBC.
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, one band, or one-and-a-half bands lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

How to apply

Apply full-time

Apply online through UCAS

Read our guide to applying through UCAS to find out more about the application process.

International

Apply as an international student

Please see our international student pages for further information about how to apply as a prospective international student.

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.

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Facilities

Housed in a state-of-the-art £9million building, the Faculty of Education enjoys a stunning setting from both its lakeside and piazza buildings. Faculty of Education

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

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Finance

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the academic year 2025/26 are to be confirmed. This page will be updated with further information when it is available.

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.

Financial support

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 can 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

You’ll graduate with transferable skills and attributes highly valued by employers: problem-solving, teamworking, critical thinking and reflective abilities, leadership, resilience, and self-belief. You’re well-placed to follow a career in a wide variety of areas, including teaching, HR, marketing, and the civil service.  You may also wish to progress onto further study at postgraduate level.

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