University of Winchester

Degree level: Undergraduate

Theology, Religion and Ethics

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Course summary

BA (Hons) Theology, Religion and Ethics teaches you how to think imaginatively about living faiths and intellectual reason, about life and death, the nature of right and wrong. It also teaches you how to read and confront texts, sacred and secular. Whether you have a faith position or are an ardent atheist, we have designed a degree to help you understand the complexity of the human condition. You explore religion as a lived cultural phenomenon and engage with the textual, intellectual, and ideological frameworks of human belief systems. Examining the way religious texts and practices are expressed and critiqued in contemporary culture, you use your knowledge to think about ethical debates and controversies. You develop critical viewpoints on the great texts of the Western tradition; become oriented in religious practices from across the globe; discuss the ethical issues facing us as a society, and grow as writers, as debaters, and as thinkers in your own right. The degree seeks to develop skills in close reading, critical argumentation, and cultural literacy. In the beginning the study on this course is foundational and provides the basis for specialised subsequent years. You will undertake year-long modules in theological tradition and religious studies which are designed to develop study skills and enhance your confidence in critical writing and reading. These sit alongside specialist modules in Christianity, biblical scholarship, ethics and philosophy. In the following years, you are able to build a profile of options to develop your own academic interests; these reflect the range of specialisms offered in the Department. Optional modules tend to encourage you to think about the way religious ideas and practices interact with the contemporary world.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

Applicants who wish to apply for advanced standing (exemption from part of a programme) based on previous study are considered on an individual basis. Applicants are required to provide transcripts. confirming the module titles and grades they have already achieved, as well as module handbooks and/or programme specifications showing the learning outcomes of the modules completed.

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We accept a wide range of non-UK qualifications and use UK NARIC (National Recognition Information Centre) guidelines to confirm their equivalence.

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Qualification requirements

Applicants are required to hold a minimum of 2 x A-level or equivalent qualifications (e.g. 2 x BTEC National Subsidiary Diplomas) and we accept all A-level subjects, including Critical Thinking, General Studies and own-language A-levels. We welcome applicants who have completed the Extended Project (EP/EPQ) and points obtained from this qualification will be included in any offer. In addition, we accept a maximum of 32 points from level 3 qualifications below A2 that are included in the tariff (e.g. AS-levels not studied at A-level, music or dance qualifications). If you are a mature student, your application will be considered on its individual merits and work or other professional experience may be taken into consideration in lieu of other published requirements.

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IELTS (Academic)6An overall score of 6.0, including 5.5 in writing is required. If you require Tier 4 sponsorship, you will require a minimum of 5.5 in all 4 components.

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Tuition fees

England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

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*Please note, the tuition fee for students from the rest of the EU (excluding ROI) are yet to be confirmed by the University. For further information about any additional costs associated with this course please see the individual course page on the University of Winchester website (

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