BA (Hons) Religion

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UCAS Code:V600
Course Length:3 Years Full-Time
Start Dates:September 2020
Department:Faculty of Education
Location:Edge Hill University

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Please note, the first intake to this programme is for September 2020 entry. 

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  • Discover a variety of religious cultures and traditions as you explore the social and cultural impact of religion in the contemporary world;
  • Engage with questions about religion which stimulate, challenge and evaluate the role of religion in public life;
  • Develop an empathic approach to cultural and religious sensitivity and the ability to express ideas and solve problems creatively.

Raising vital questions about the world and how we understand it, this degree examines religion in its social and cultural contexts in the contemporary world. Focusing on living experiences of religion, you will study the beliefs, philosophies and practices of a range of world religions, as well as exploring non-religious spiritualities. With an interdisciplinary focus and cutting-edge, research-informed teaching, you will develop knowledge and understanding of religious traditions and their local, national and global impacts. Whether you are religious or non-religious, this is an inclusive programme that will engage you with the world we live in as you explore religion through individual and collective identities, from race, ethnicity and disability to gender, sexuality and social position.

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In Depth

What will I study?

In Year 1 you will be introduced to the study of religion at degree level. You will explore the beliefs and practices of major religious traditions, including Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism, as well as studying non-religious spirituality and the rise in digital religion in the twenty-first century. A short placement enables you to see the interface of religion in a workplace setting while also gaining valuable work experience.

In Year 2, you will undertake research in religious communities, investigate the role of religion in the public sphere, and examine the influence of the Bible in the modern world. You will explore the concept of the human body in relation to a variety of religious traditions, for example appearance, food and drink, health and fertility, as well as interrogating the relationship between religion and recreational activities such as sport, dance, art and theatre. There is also the option to undertake an in-depth study of Judaism or you may choose to explore some of the reasoned philosophical arguments in the study of religion.

An innovative feature of Year 3 of this degree is a specialist research study masterclass, where you will produce independent, cutting-edge research under the guidance of a tutor. You will also examine contemporary Islam and Buddhism, non-religious expressions of spirituality such as paganisms, and some of the more challenging questions in the study of religion, including gender and sexuality.

How will I study?

The course is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials. Much of your time at university will be in a classroom setting with a focus on group work and discussion. These sessions will be complemented by field trips to religious communities and places of worship.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through coursework which will include a combination of academic essays, reflective and creative portfolios, and technology-based assessments.

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 highly qualified and research-active lecturers, many of whom have had work published in their specialist areas of expertise.

The programme team are enthusiastic and passionate about the study of religion in the contemporary world.

Guest speakers from diverse religious communities will also contribute to the delivery of the course, providing you with additional insight and fresh perspectives.

A Great Study Environment

The 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.

Entry Criteria 2020/21

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

EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at

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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.

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?

Upon successful completion of this degree you will be well placed to progress into a wide range of careers. These may include the National Health Service (NHS), the civil service, journalism, social/youth/community settings, marketing, banking, charity work, law or religious ministries.

In an increasingly global economy, the skills of vision, creativity and religious sensitivity, which will be developed throughout the programme, will be at a premium and are highly sought after by employers.

You may also wish to progress into teaching. This degree provides ideal preparation for a PGCE, particularly if you wish to train to teach Religious Education.


Tuition Fees

If you are a prospective student who will be joining this undergraduate degree in academic year 2020/21, tuition fees are still to be announced. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information.

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.

Further details of financial support arrangements for eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2020/21 are still to be announced by the Government. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information.

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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.

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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.

5th December 2018 - Change of Programme Title

The title of this programme has changed from BA (Hons) Religion, Culture and Society to BA (Hons) Religion.