BA (Hons) Education and Religion

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Overview

UCAS Code:VX36
Course Length:3 Years Full-Time
Start Dates:September 2019, September 2020
Department:Faculty of Education
Location:Edge Hill University
Example Offers:BBC (A Level) or DMM (BTEC)
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  • Study the modes, methods and purposes of education across all age phases, exploring the world of education from early years to degree level;
  • Stimulate your curiosity about a variety of religious cultures and immerse yourself in the theology of particular religious traditions;
  • Discover the origins and evolution of our education system and engage in cutting-edge research.

This degree enables you to study the history, philosophy, psychology and sociology of education alongside an exploration of a range of world religions, their origins, their practices and their philosophies. The programme will equip you with a broad and deep knowledge of both academic studies in education and religion. You will learn how to draw upon a wide range of intellectual resources, theoretical and ethical perspectives, and academic subjects to illuminate your understanding of education and the contexts within which it takes place. Simultaneously, your curiosity will be stimulated about the variety of religious cultures across the globe, both past and present, engaging you in the in-depth study of sacred, significant, popular and vernacular texts, as well as the history, practices and developed theology of one or more particular religious traditions.

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Course in Depth

What will I study?

In Year 1, you will examine the UK education system and its underpinning policies and procedures. This will include investigating the many barriers to learning that might exist due to factors such as religion, disability, social disadvantage, gender, sexuality, ethnicity or race. You will be introduced to the study of religion at degree level, with explorations of sacred and human religious experiences.

Year 2 enables you to begin to develop your knowledge of the core disciplines of education (history, philosophy, psychology and sociology). You will choose between a placement where you will gain crucial work experience in a sector in which you may wish to eventually work and an extended study of an aspect of education in which you are particularly interested. In addition to this, Religious Studies modules will explore how research on religious communities is undertaken, investigate the influences of the Bible in the modern world, and investigate how religion, belief and reason interact to create the religious milieu in which we all live and interact.

In Year 3, you will continue your studies in the core disciplines of education, critiquing and applying the concepts and ideas of those individuals who are currently leading new developments and innovation in academic studies in education. Additionally, you will undertake in-depth studies of Buddhism and Islam, as well exploring the relationship between sexuality and the sacred and assessing the role of religion in the 21st century.

How will I 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 will I 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 me?

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.

A Great Study Environment

BA (Hons) Education and ReligionThe Faculty of Education has been at the forefront of teacher education for more than 125 years and today enjoys the enviable position of being one of the country’s leading providers of education, training and research for the children’s workforce.

Housed in a state-of-the-art £9m building, the Faculty of Education’s facilities include a 300-seat lecture theatre, five well-equipped ICT suites, and 18 teaching rooms complete with the latest technology.

The faculty has a strong commitment to practice-based learning and has developed partnerships with over 2,000 schools and colleges, local authorities and professional associations.

Modules

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Year 1

BED1000Introduction to Education Studies (20 credits)

Introduction to Education Studies outlines the core disciplines of the history, philosophy, psychology and sociology of education. The module will also introduce you to the newer and emerging discipline of the economics of education as well as the key topic of technology in education. It will enable you to conceptualise the breadth of areas and the range of age phases and contexts which you will explore within education studies. You will begin to accrue the conceptual knowledge and skills required in order to further your studies in education.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

BED1002Conceptions of Education: The UK Education System in Context (20 credits)

Conceptions of Education: The UK Education System in Context enables you to learn about the ways in which the formal education system is structured, governed and funded in the four countries of the UK. You will explore the similarities and differences that exist between the different systems, examine the conceptualisations of education that each system appears to reflect, and develop opinions as to the ways in which they function. You will also explore the evolution of those different systems over time. Of particular interest for study will be the ways in which the different policy approaches taken by the separate legislatures within the UK have affected education in practice.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

REL1000Introduction to the Study of Religion (20 credits)

Introduction to the Study of Religion provides an overview of the different methodological approaches to the study of religion. You will study the main attempts to define religion and to engage in the debates surrounding such definitions. You will engage in multi-disciplinary approaches to the idea of religion through the traditional fields of historical, anthropological, philosophical, sociological and textual studies. In addition, you will examine religion in more contemporary fields such as the visual arts, politics, environmentalism, psychology and gender.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

REL1001Introduction to the Sacred (20 credits)

Introduction to the Sacred provides you with an opportunity to analyse concepts such as ‘religious experience’, ‘spirituality’, ‘revelation’ and ‘Mysticism’. The module draws on studies in psychology, anthropology, theology, esoteric philosophy and a range of wisdom traditions. It will provide you with a framework in which to investigate non-rational forms of knowing and the epistemology of religious experience.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

REL1002The Human Religious Experience (20 credits)

The Human Religious Experience provides you with a philosophical and theological survey of the significant religious traditions of the world. You will study the Dharmic traditions emanating from India and the Abrahamic Faith Traditions originating in the Middle East. The module will address central aspects of Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism. You will also study the interaction between individuals and communities in diverse and complex religious settings, both within modern Britain and on a global basis.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

You will select one of the following modules:

BED1003Learning in a Diverse Society (20 credits)

Learning in a Diverse Society enables you to explore the various ways in which access to education can be helped or hindered as a result of issues such as race, religion, class, ethnicity, learning difficulties, or physical disability. The module encourages you to explore and reflect upon the specific factors that can affect access and consider how obstacles to access can be mitigated against or overcome.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

BED1005Technology and its Place in Education (20 credits)

Technology and its Place in Education considers the underlying theoretical perspectives used in conjunction with technology to enhance learning. The term educational technology encompasses technology enhanced and e-learning. It includes the adoption and integration of hardware and software, various electronic devices, pedagogical tools, approaches and delivery methods. Technology has the capacity to significantly re-shape teaching and learning and this module will provide you with the opportunity to critically examine, explore and evaluate the potential benefits of a range of educational technology, to consider the underpinning pedagogical rationale for their use, with the specific intention of enhancing teaching and learning.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

Language modules, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, are available to study as an integral part of this degree. A single Language module can be studied instead of either BED1003 Learning in a Diverse Society or BED1005 Technology and Its Place in Education.

Year 2

BED2000Designing and Managing a Research Project (20 credits)

Designing and Managing a Research Project gives you the knowledge and skills required to conceptualise, design and communicate a research proposal, understanding the fundamental principles of quality research. You will learn how to plan and manage a project over an extended period, sustain focus, conduct and organise extensive data collection and research materials, and mitigate typical problems that can derail or delay a project.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

REL2000Ethnography: Living with Religions (20 credits)

Ethnography: Living with Religions draws upon the academic heritage of post-war religious studies and interpretative qualitative research. The module requires you to critically engage with religion as it is lived and experienced by practitioners. It presents religion as a plural and complex reality shaping the beliefs, practices and lifestyles of human beings locally and globally. You will explore the theory and practice of the critical study of religion through consideration of methodologies such as ethnography, phenomenology, post positivism and related ethical issues such as ‘representation’ in the field of the empirical study of religion. You will take part in a three day ethnographically oriented field work investigation to explore the practices of a religious community.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

REL2001The Bible in the Modern World (20 credits)

The Bible in the Modern World introduces you to the various ways that biblical themes, images and characters have an enduring presence and influence within contemporary popular culture. By learning to analyse religious and biblical references found in music, film, TV, art, advertising and the media, you will discover that, even in today’s increasingly secular world, the Bible continues to both influence and be influenced by our cultural, political, and religious landscapes. You will explore key themes and passages in the Bible as a contemporary literary work and consider how it is used by society at large as a cultural artefact. You will explore how the Bible has been used by entertainers, politicians and others, assessing on the one hand how this has shaped Western society, while at the same time people’s understanding and interpretations of the Bible are shaped by popular culture.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

REL2002Religion, Belief and Reason (20 credits)

Religion, Belief and Reason provides you with an introduction to some of the key debates in critical thinking that have shaped religious and atheistic thought. Perspectives from philosophy, psychology and critical social sciences will be investigated to provide you with the lens through which to explore the relationship between reason and religious belief. You will develop your critical thinking skills through an exploration of the central premises of theistic belief, reasoned philosophical argument in defence and in critique of religious belief through examination of the classical and modern versions of theistic proofs. You will consider the contributions of thinkers such as Aquinas, Kant, Descartes and Hume. The module also explores the contributions of psychoanalysis and social science to post-Enlightenment thinking about religion in order to consider claims about the irrational or ideological nature of religion.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

You will select two of the following modules:

BED2003Education, Meaning and Understanding: Debates in the Philosophy of Education (20 credits)

Education, Meaning and Understanding: Debates in the Philosophy of Education enables you to develop your knowledge and understanding of the philosophy strand of education and to enhance your academic skills in critical analysis. You will learn how to synthesise ideas and analyse competing philosophical positions. A key focus will be on understanding how arguments are philosophically underpinned and value-driven.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

BED2004UK Education In its Global Contexts (20 credits)

UK Education In its Global Contexts will enable you to compare and contextualise the UK education systems with respect to those in other parts of the world. International contexts are becoming increasingly important in the field of education, with educationalists, researchers, politicians, and the media frequently comparing the performance of UK education with the performance of countries such as Taiwan, Finland, and South Korea. This module will consider the UK education system in light of international performance indicators and tables, with a focus on key education systems from Asia and Scandinavia as aspirational comparators.  The aim is to help you to scope the field of international education, understand the international performance measures, and to critique where it is that UK education, as a whole, aspires to be, and why it holds such aspirations.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

BED2005Work Based Learning in Education (20 credits)

Work Based Learning in Education provides you with the opportunity to gain work experience within the education sector. The module enables you to apply your skills and knowledge in real-life situations. You will gain knowledge and understanding of the processes, policies and organisational structure of your placement host, build in-depth knowledge of the business and the marketplace in which it operates, and successfully integrate yourself into a workplace environment.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

BED2006Work Related Learning in Education (20 credits)

Work Related Learning in Education enables you to undertake an extended, work-related project focusing upon a strand of the education sector. You will choose the focus of the project, in conjunction with your assigned tutor, with the intention being that it is an area of education into which you might wish to progress after graduation. The module enables you to apply your skills and knowledge in real-world scenarios and experience how the multi-faceted nature of real businesses are often much more complex than they appear when studied in the abstract. You will also gain experience in investigating the systemic and marketplace contexts in which businesses in your chosen sector exist and function.


Assessment: Coursework: 75%, Practical(s): 25%.

If you studied a Language module in Year 1, you may wish to study a further Language module in Year 2. This would form an integral part of your degree in place of REL2002 Religion, Belief and Reason.

Year 3

BED3001Understanding Education through Sociological Perspectives (20 credits)

Understanding Education through Sociological Perspectives enables you to engage in the in-depth study of one of the key disciplines of education studies. You will examine the genealogy of a number of key aspects of the current education sector, such as the National Curriculum, Early Years Provision, Lifelong Learning, the Exam System, and Higher Education. You will explore what current researchers are investigating, where the discipline appears to be heading and how it can continue to make a contribution to the future of education and education studies.


Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

BED3002Knowledge, Learning and Understanding (20 credits)

Knowledge, Learning and Understanding enables you to study the thinkers and ideas currently existing at the forefront of the philosophy of education, exploring how philosophy contributes to education policy-making, curriculum design, teaching and learning. The module encourages independent thinking through the use of philosophical approaches, building upon your skills in critical analysis in order to develop an awareness of your own values and beliefs. You will need to communicate and defend your personal position in relation to challenging issues, exploration of which will structure many sessions.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

REL3000British Buddhism (20 credits)

British Buddhism investigates Buddhism as both ancient and modern, global and local. The three jewels of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha provide the lens through which Buddhism will be explored, enabling you to develop critical knowledge and understanding of Buddhist history, doctrine and practice. A variety of traditional and modern sources will be explored including sutras, biographies of the Buddha and iconography. Investigation of contemporary forms of Buddhism provide a special focus linked to a small scale fieldwork study exploring pluralism within modern western Buddhism.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

REL3003Contemporary British Islamic Identities (20 credits)

Contemporary British Islamic Identities enables you to explore and critique the competing constructs of Islam dominating the domestic and international news agenda, giving you a thorough critical understanding of the complex plural identities of British Muslims that is essential for all citizens. A range of popular, stereotypical images come to mind when considering Islam in its contemporary setting. These essentialist presentations of a monolithic and homogeneous British Islam will be deconstructed by careful analysis of sociological and ethnographic sources. The module will enable you to develop an in-depth and critically reflective awareness of the challenging issues that have impacted upon Muslims in Britain from the 1960s until the present. Drawing from empirical research and a wide range of critical literature this module aims to present modern British Islam as plural, complex and dynamic.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

You will select one of the following modules:

BED3003Current Debates in the Psychology of Education (20 credits)

Current Debates in the Psychology of Education immerses you in the advanced study of psychological theories in order to develop in-depth knowledge of what constitutes effective teaching and learning. Psychology makes a vital contribution to the field of education, offering theories which can explain learning, behaviour and the mind. It allows examination of the motivations and perceptions of individuals, enabling educators to better understand the most effective ways to promote learning and how potential barriers to progress might be overcome. The module will support you in developing the skills required to examine and critique psychological enquiry and then apply this knowledge to considering key educational issues from a psychological angle.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

BED3004Exploring Issues and Affecting Change in Education (20 credits)

Exploring Issues and Affecting Change in Education enables you to explore shifts in educational policy and consider the most pressing contemporary issues in the sociology of education. You will reflect on how education across the age spectrum, and in its formal and informal paradigms, is affected by the design and implementation of government policy, as well as by factors relating to class, gender, race, religion and wealth, amongst other things. Additionally, you will explore the origins of the history of the sociology of education and how researchers apply the core concepts, collect and analyse data, and report on the results of their research.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

You will select one of the following modules:

REL3001Sexuality and the Sacred (20 credits)

Sexuality and the Sacred examines how human sexuality and gender is represented within new religious movements and traditional forms of faith expression, for example from female centric goddess worship in various paganisms to male focused hierarchies within Christianity. You will analyse how gender roles, sexuality and sexual relationships are represented within religious art, story, doctrine and practices so that you can evaluate the (mis)representation of the woman’s role in religion. The module will explore the relationship between sexuality and spirituality, from various faith-based and humanistic perspectives, and critique the position of lesbian and gay sexualities within scripture.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

REL3002Religion in the 21st Century (20 credits)

Religion in the 21st Century enables you to reflect upon your knowledge about religion in the key challenges and evolutions of religion in the 21st century and, on completion, you will be able to reflect critically on some of the major characteristics of religion in an informed way. You will explore a number of theoretical and methodological problems in the study of religion, and reflect on these in relation to a range of faith traditions such as Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Scientology and various paganisms.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

Optional modules provide an element of choice within the programme 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.

Timetables

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.

Disclaimer

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes 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 accrediting 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.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

Typical offer 112 UCAS Tariff points. No specific subjects are required.

Example Offers

Some examples of how you can achieve 112 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

  • A Level: BBC;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications): Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM);
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 credits at Level 3, for example 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.

As long as 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 the Welsh Baccalaureate and Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven’t been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/offers.

EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at www.edgehill.ac.uk/eu.

International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

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 lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

Are there any alternative ways to meet the entry requirements?

If you have the ability to study for a degree but lack the necessary qualifications or confidence, our Fastrack: Preparation for Higher Education course could be for you. This free, seven-week programme provides a great opportunity to enhance your study skills and subject knowledge and demonstrate that you are ready to study a particular subject with us, in lieu of achieving the UCAS Tariff points in the entry criteria.

Upon successful completion of a Fastrack course, you will be well placed to progress onto a corresponding Edge Hill University degree, although additional entry requirements may apply and the availability of specific programmes cannot be guaranteed. For more information, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/fastrack.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

As a graduate from this degree, you will be well placed to progress into a wide range of careers.

Typical career paths include working as a learning mentor, education administrator, museum/gallery/heritage site educator, educational psychologist, education counsellor, social/community worker, prison educator, international development worker, training organiser, charity worker, speech therapist, or in publishing.

How can I enhance my employability?

It is useful to consider, even before you apply, how you will spend your time while studying and make the most of your university experience.

Optional, additional activities may be available on this degree which could help to prepare you for a stimulating and rewarding career. These include:

  • Language Learning – you may be able to select language modules, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, as an integral part of your degree (for which you will gain academic credits). Alternatively, it may be possible to participate in Language Steps classes as additional study.

Please note, the availability of these additional activities cannot be guaranteed for all students.

Finance

Tuition Fees

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this undergraduate degree in academic year 2019/20, the tuition fee will be £9,250 per annum (subject to final Government approval). Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2019/20 are £12,000 per annum.

The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

Financial Support

Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK and EU students may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2019/20, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2019/20 guide at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradfinance2019.

Financial support information for international students can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees.

Scholarships

ScholarshipsEdge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time undergraduate students. These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

Additional scholarships, which you may qualify to receive, reward outstanding grades and are available to eligible UK and EU students.

To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/scholarships.

Apply

How to Apply

Apply online through UCAS at www.ucas.com.

Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyucas to find out more about the application process.

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.

Visit Us

If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at www.edgehill.ac.uk/opendays.

Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about all of our events for prospective students, including monthly campus tours, at www.edgehill.ac.uk/visitus.

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to explore our full range of degrees before you apply, you can order an undergraduate prospectus at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradprospectus.

Get in Touch

If you have any questions about this programme or what it’s like to study at Edge Hill University, please contact:

International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international or email international@edgehill.ac.uk with any queries about overseas study.

Course Changes

Expand All This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years.

4th September 2018 - Change to Course Options

Please note, Sandwich Year and Study Abroad options are not available on this degree.