Religion and Education BA(Hons) 2017-18This course also available for 2018-19 entry
About the course
Religion plays a key role in today's multicultural society, influencing many aspects of everyday life and culture.The focus of this course is to help you gain an in-depth understanding of six major world religions – Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Sikhi – and to explore the relationships between religion, education and other aspects of contemporary society.If you're looking to progress into professions such as teaching, youth work or community engagement, or wanting to prepare for further academic study, this could be the course for you.
Through exploring religion and contemporary society you'll have the opportunity to study related topics such as sociology, ethics and philosophy, as well as vocationally orientated topics such as safeguarding and leadership.Visits to places of worship and visiting speakers will enhance your learning about religion and other related topics on this course.We'll also help you to develop your critical thinking skills and understanding of social policy and approaches to academic study.
You'll have the option to undertake placement opportunity, designed to enhance your practical knowledge and help develop skills required by employers. You could gain experience in schools, children's centres, charities, children's services in a local council, or in museum education.
You'll be taught by an outstanding team of tutors; in fact, we've been ranked in the top five in the Guardian Guide 2016 for the sixth year running.
You'll also have access to our extensive academic and professional network which feeds directly into course design and delivery and to excellent facilities and specialist equipment.
18 / 09 / 2017
3 years full-time
Entry requirements for this course are normally one of the following:
• BBC at A Level or equivalent
• DMM from a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma is acceptable only in combination with GCSE English at grade C and demonstration of an interest in religious studies.
• 112 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications including at least one full A Level
• A level Religious Studies is NOT a requirement
In addition you must also have:
• GCSE English grade C
Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements at http://www.hud.ac.uk/undergraduate/howtoapply/entryrequirements/Please note: UCAS points are based on the new UCAS tariff, introduced for courses starting in 2017/18.
Religion is a prominent and often controversial aspect of contemporary society.The academic study of religion engages with a range of related subjects such as sociology, ethics and philosophy. Religious and cultural literacy is highly relevant to many professional contexts, including educational settings.You'll have the opportunity to learn about six world religions and their place in modern society; and to think deeply about how society deals with religion and how religion deals with society.In the second and third years of your degree, you'll have the opportunity to shape the direction of your studies by picking option modules that fit your particular interests, and which include vocationally orientated topics.
An Introduction to Abrahamic Religions
This module provides an introduction to the origins, key beliefs and practices of Judaism, Christianity and Islam; and the ways in which insiders and outsiders learn about them. Assessment is typically via a test, poster development and a piece of written work.
An Introduction to Dharmic Religions
This module provides an introduction to the origins, key beliefs and practices of Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhi; and the ways in which insiders and outsiders learn about them. You’ll typically be assessed via an in-class test and the development of a study pack.
Self Society and Welfare
This module helps develop your understanding of society. You'll examine social issues in society, such as poverty and inequality, and how the state responds to them through ‘welfare’, as well as through ‘rights’ and ‘citizenship’. Assessment typically involves the completion of a timed test and a written assignment.
Theories and Strategies for Learning
This module encourages the development of the academic study and communication skills necessary for successful study at degree level. Assessment typically includes preparing an essay considering issues or theories related to your course of study and a portfolio of evidence of your developing research and academic skills.
Abrahamic Religion in Contemporary Contexts
This module examines key events in the development of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. You’ll also have the opportunity to develop your understanding of these religions and the ways in which they are represented in and interact with contemporary societies. Assessment is typically via coursework and may involve researching and writing a portfolio.
Dharmic Religion in Contemporary Contexts
This module examines key events in the development of Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhi. You'll also have the opportunity to develop your understanding of these religions and the ways in which they are represented in and interact with contemporary societies. Assessment is typically via coursework and may involve researching and writing a portfolio.
Social Policy and Inclusion
This module focuses on differing theoretical and ideological understandings of social inclusion, and the role of social policy in response to experiences of exclusion in modern British society. Assessment is typically via coursework and may include the development a written essay and creative poster campaign.
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Philosophical Approaches to Education
This module explores the impact of different philosophical systems on the way that education is conceived and put into practice. You’ll have the opportunity to design an ideal educational system based on your own unique philosophy and representing your own values and beliefs. Coursework typically involves presenting your ideas and evaluating your system in a paper.
Safeguarding Children and Young People
This module will help raise your awareness of current legislation, policies and procedures which exist to promote children and young people’s rights and to keep them safe from harm. It emphasises the knowledge, skills and qualities required to work with children, young people, their families and carers and other professionals in safeguarding contexts; and critically explores broader concepts of child abuse. Assessment typically involves the completion of an oral assessment and a timed test.
Advanced Professional Practice
The programme of study will nurture your independent learning and enhance your own professionalism and practice through structured workplace learning. There will be an emphasis on you setting your own work related learning objectives, developing reflective practice and using learning agreements. Assessment for this module typically involves the development of a written assignment.
Languages and Communication for Effectiveness and Inclusion
This module seeks to develop your understanding of language development in children and young people, and language acquisition in adult years. You’ll have the opportunity to focus on an aspect of language development of particular interest to you through written coursework and to use your creativity in designing a unique story sack.
This module allows you to pursue your particular interests and demonstrate the breadth of knowledge, understanding and strengths that you have developed during your degree studies. You’ll be supported to select a relevant topic and develop a proposal. This module is your opportunity to bring together everything you have learned in a study of your choosing and you'll typically be assessed via a dissertation.
This module explores a range of research strategies and methods, preparing you to assess the value and significance of different approaches to data collection and analysis within your field of study. You’ll learn how to develop your own research design, and how to collect and analyse information in order to find out new things about a topic that you’re interested in. Coursework typically involves developing your own research proposal.
Ethics, Education and Society
This module develops your understanding of the philosophical terminology and concepts used in the study of ethics. Contemporary, real-life situations will help you to explore ethical dilemmas, arguments and theories and you’ll have the opportunity to analyse a contemporary ethical dilemma. Assessment is typically via written coursework.
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Leadership and Management in Professional Contexts
This module seeks to develop your understanding of theories of leadership, management and the organisation of professional practice. You’ll have the opportunity to explore relevant theory and practical factors such as mentoring arrangements, group structures, staff development and the management of change in professional practice. Assessment typically involves the development of an annotated bibliography and a poster presentation.
Helping in Context (Counselling, Coaching and Mentoring)
This module seeks to develop your understanding of theories concerning counselling, coaching and mentoring, thereby positively impacting upon your effectiveness in responding to and working with the needs of individuals in a variety of contexts. Assessment typically involves working with peers to undertake practical counselling skills, coaching or mentoring sessions, and reflecting on the practical assessment in a written piece of coursework.
We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.
We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.
We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.
Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.
When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.
The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.
You can take an optional placement in your second year as part of the Advanced Professional Practice module.This involves around 120 hours in a setting and we link you with a placement provider, either individually or as a member of a small group. You could gain experience in schools, children's centres, charities, children's services in a local council, or in museum education.
Your placement could be in Huddersfield or surrounding areas, so please consider any travelling costs you may incur.
90% of Religion and Education graduates went on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating.
This course could enable you to consider a wide range of roles, particularly in education, the public sector and in charitable organisations. Previous graduates have also successfully progressed onto teacher training courses in preparation for becoming RE specialists within schools. *
Upon successful completion you may consider vocational qualifications, including PGCE or pursuing further academic study programmes.
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Teaching and assessment
You'll be taught through a series of lectures, seminars, tutorials and interactive workshops. 17.3% of the study time on the Religion and Education course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc and you'll also have a personal tutor assigned to you throughout your degree to support your ongoing wellbeing and ensure that you have a positive learning experience.
Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.
Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results.Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.
Huddersfield is the UK's only university where 100% of the permanent teaching staff are fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*
- Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.
Who will teach me?
Some of our teaching staff who may teach you on this course include:
How much will it cost me?
In 2017/18, the tuition fee for UK and EU students at the University of Huddersfield will be £9,250.
Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).
If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.
Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.
Please also note:
• The course involves some optional visits to key local places of worship and community meeting places to enhance the learning experience. Entrance fees will be paid by the University and additional travel costs incurred may be reimbursed.
• Your placement could be in Huddersfield or surrounding areas, so please consider any travelling costs you may incur.
Upon successful completion of your undergraduate studies, progression onto the following postgraduate programmes may be of interest:
If you're an international student (including EU) you can check if you meet our entry requirements (both academic and English language) by visiting our country pages.
If you do not meet the entry requirements you can consider completing a degree preparation programme (if you are from a country outside of the EU) at the University's International Study Centre (ISC). You can call the ISC on +44 (0) 1273 339333 to discuss your options. You can also complete the online application form or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers.
If your English language is not at the required level (IELTS 6.0 overall), we have a range of Pre-Sessional English programmes that you can enrol on before starting your degree course. You will not need to take an IELTS test after completing one of our Pre-Sessional English programmes.
How to apply
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Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.