Questions about religion, faith and spirituality are vital in modern, global society. Look to ancient traditions to answer current questions on this flexible course that allows you to pursue your own interests. A degree in Theology and Religious Studies equips you to understand the ongoing significance and meaning of religious perspectives in the contemporary world, as well as inviting you to think critically and constructively about beliefs, practices and ethical concerns in traditions such as Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Asian religions. This course builds skills that are in high demand with employers across all sectors. Alongside critical thinking, argumentation, independent decision-making and the ability to present complex information clearly, our course develops cultural and religious literacy, empathy and understanding of diverse perspectives, media literacy and technological skills, and helps you gain project management experience that is crucial for career advancement. At Chester, you will never be taught by someone who’s just working out of a textbook – you’re more likely to be taught by someone who wrote the textbook. Our staff are subject experts with deep knowledge of the religious traditions they teach, from Christian theology and the Bible to contemporary spirituality and new religious movements. Alongside expertise in specific traditions, we have particular strengths in theology and religion in combination with: gender and feminism; film and popular culture; politics and religious violence. Foundation Year courses have been designed for students who do not have the necessary academic qualifications needed to enter directly into the first year of a degree but who have the ability and commitment to do so. Once the Foundation Year has been completed successfully, you can then go on to complete your degree.
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The assessment on this programme is designed to help you consolidate your learning and develop key skills; the emphasis is on coursework rather than exams. In addition to essays, you are likely to write book reviews, text analysis, blog posts, dictionary entries, oral presentations, video presentations, research journals, workbooks, or critical reflections on your own learning. All assessments involve some element of independent choice, and are supported by formative activities, one-to-one tutorials, and feedback which highlights the next steps to enhance your achievement.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
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Other vocational qualifications at Level 3 will also be considered, such as NVQs. If you are a mature student (21 or over) and have been out of education for a while or do not have experience or qualifications at Level 3 (equivalent to A Levels), then our Foundation Year courses will help you to develop the skills and knowledge you will need to succeed in your chosen degree.
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|