University of Roehampton

Degree level: Undergraduate

Philosophy with Foundation Year

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Course summary

This course is offered as a degree with foundation year - a four-year programme which provides an additional foundation year at the beginning of the degree, that will give you academic and practical experience, as well as the skills you need to ensure you are equipped to successfully complete your chosen degree. Philosophers study some of the fundamental questions raised by human existence. What can we know? How should we live? What is the nature of reality? How should society be organised? Our students are introduced to major philosophical traditions and thinkers that have posed these questions, while developing the skills and confidence necessary to answer them for themselves. What makes philosophy at Roehampton so distinctive is our commitment to practical philosophy. We believe philosophy is at its best when it tries to solve real problems in the world around us. Our unique BA degree brings these practical challenges to the fore, encouraging students to explore, for example, the ethics of the environment and animal rights; the place of religion and spirituality in the modern world; problems of economic inequality and unjust laws and the nature of gender, race, and class. You will be taught by world-leading experts in these topics, who can draw on their own cutting-edge research in the classroom. Alongside traditional philosophical skills of critical thinking, analytic argument, and clear communication, you will also develop the ability to analyse multiple forms of media, to write and present material for a public audience, and to read and analyse policy documents. Combined with multiple opportunities for work placements, our degree programme will provide you with the analytic and practical skills to undertake a wide range of careers or pursue future study. At Roehampton, we foster a supportive and engaged learning environment, built on strong staff-student relationships which will enable you to thrive, whatever your background. You will learn through engaging and interactive lectures, small group seminars, and one-on-one tutorials and guidance meetings. You will leave the course a highly-employable individual, with the skills to move into many areas of professional working life, including law, the civil service, politics, business or teaching. Schedule by year of study Year one • Gain a foundation in the central concepts and arguments of Western philosophy, through the study of both historical and contemporary thinkers. • Be introduced to key ideas within non-Western traditions of thought, including global perspectives on what it is to be human. • Develop the analytical techniques to be able to assess philosophical arguments for yourself, and apply these critical abilities to philosophy, literature, and film. Year two • Further your philosophical development by critically engaging with key texts from within contemporary and historical philosophy. • Tailor your degree to your own interests, by choosing from a range of topics in ethical, political, religious, and historical philosophy. • Develop the ability to apply philosophical analysis to real-world situations, through seminar work, assessments, and work-placement modules. Year three • Take cutting-edge research-led modules, in which lecturers will introduce you to the latest ideas in ethical, political, social, and historical philosophy. • Work with a dedicated supervisor to develop a third-year dissertation or practical project in an area of philosophy completely of your choosing. • Be supported in developing the knowledge and confidence to apply your skills to the job market, or to pursue further study in philosophy and related disciplines.

Course details

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6with a minimum of 5.5 in each band
TOEFL (iBT)80with the following minimum scores: Reading: 18 Writing: 17 Listening: 17 Speaking: 20
PTE Academic51with no less than 51 in any band
Cambridge English AdvancedCgrade C in tests prior to 2015 with no less than 'weak' in any band

We may accept other high school English qualifications if you are applying for an undergraduate degree. Please contact us at [email protected] to clarify.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £13145 Year 1

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Costs for 2020 entry.
Philosophy with Foundation Year at University of Roehampton - UCAS