University of Chester

Degree level: Undergraduate

Philosophy, Ethics and Religion (including a Foundation Year)

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Course summary

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. This course places the big questions of philosophy and ethics in conversation with the religious traditions that have shaped them across the globe and throughout history, and that continue to shape them here and now. You will learn from subject specialists who have expert knowledge of the traditions they teach, and the experience to help you draw connections between ancient wisdom and the urgent debates of our time: the nature of authority, how belief shapes behaviour, the relationship between rights and responsibilities, what it means to be human, and how to balance competing claims for justice. Our first-year curriculum gives you the skills and knowledge to dive straight in. Our staff have the range of expertise to support you wherever your curiosity takes you. You can also put your learning into practice by volunteering in the local community or participating in community engagement events. Our Department has particular strengths in Asian philosophies and religions, Christian philosophical theology, moral and political philosophy, and religious ethics. We also have expertise in feminism and gender studies, religion and race, religion and politics, secularism, popular culture, the Bible, and religious education. The social life of the Department is centred around our student-led Theology and Religious Studies society, which organises regular events such as quizzes and the regular ‘Hollywood at Hollybank’ movie nights.


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Assessment method

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

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

All students (except Internationals) on this programme will be eligible for a £500 cash bursary – only at level 3/Foundation Year. The tuition fee for the subsequent years of study on the full-time undergraduate degree will be charged at the undergraduate degree fee level. This fee is currently £9,250 a year for students starting in 2019 but this is subject to annual inflationary rises in line with inflation at that time, as measured by the Retail Price Index.
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion (including a Foundation Year) at University of Chester - UCAS