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What makes Religion, Philosophy & Values in Education at Worcester special?

Are you interested in philosophical questions, and values-based or religious views on the world? Would you like to explore what others think and believe, and to consider your own perspectives? This course gives you the opportunity to examine these issues, and also to look at how education in different contexts helps children to form their views on the world.

At a time when acquiring religious literacy is universally important, this course will equip you to become a specialist teacher of Religious Education in schools, subject to further study, and the course also opens up a range of other graduate opportunities, including people-focused careers in the public, private and charity sectors.



Key features

  • A unique undergraduate course which responds specifically to contemporary themes in education, religion and research. It is the only course in the country to prepare you specifically to apply for the PGCE secondary RE, if you so choose, as the main lecturer is both undergraduate and postgraduate tutor.
  • Learning is applied to real life settings, including within schools and other learning environments, and you can choose modules to focus on your interests, with the opportunity to engage in your own research.
  • Study how religion makes a difference in people's lives, both now and in the past, and engage in fieldwork so you can meet with members of faith communities to discuss the relevance of faith in their lives.
  • Visits to Places of Worship within the region and beyond, such as the local Mosque, Cathedral, Salvation Army, Quaker meeting house, Gurdwara and Buddhist temples.
Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

88 UCAS tariff points (for example, CCD at A Level)

Access to HE diploma welcome

Other entry routes may be possible, including for those with relevant life experience

A Disclosure and Barring Service check is required for some modules on the course

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from the UCAS website.

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Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1


  • Introduction to the Study of Religion and Education
  • Introduction to Philosophy of Religion
  • Encountering Christianity
  • Foundations in Education


  • Education in Context
  • Optional modules offered by the Language Centre

Year 2


  • Further Studies in Religion and Education
  • Ethics and Contemporary Moral Problems
  • Encountering Islam
  • Educational Enquiry


  • The Global Dimension in Education
  • Work Experience
  • Mentoring and Coaching in Education
  • Radical Education
  • Optional modules offered by the Language Centre

Year 3


  • Fieldwork in Study of Religion and Education
  • Philosophy of the Arts: Aesthetics, Religion and Education
  • Encountering South Asian Religions
  • Independent Study


  • Work Experience
  • Citizenship and Education
  • Values in Education
  • Disaffection and Education
  • Organising Teaching and Learning
  • Managing Educational Change
  • Policy-making in Education

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Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.


You are taught through a combination of interactive workshops, lectures, seminars and learning outside of the classroom. Interactive workshops take a variety of formats and are intended to enable the application of learning through discussion and small group activities. Seminars enable the discussion and development of understanding of topics covered in lectures and undertaking visits will develop not only what we learn, but also where and why we learn.

In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least 4 occasions in the first year and three occasions in each of the other years of a course.

You have an opportunity to contribute to, and possibly lead, eLearning activities such as blogging, website design and other TEL initiatives.

Contact time

In a typical week you will have around 12-15 contact hours of teaching. The precise contact hours will depend on the optional modules selected and in the final year, you will normally have slightly less contact time in order to do more independent study.

Typically, class contact time will be structured around:

  • 4-5 hours of taught lectures
  • 4-5 hours of seminars
  • 4-5 hours of interactive workshops and individual with a tutor.

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 22-25 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.

A range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources, supports independent learning.


The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or 'formative' assignments. Each module has one or more formal or 'summative' assessments, which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.

Assessment methods include coursework such as essays, reports, portfolios, reflective journals, presentations and a final year independent studies project.


You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback will support your learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.

Meet the team

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course.

You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles

rebecca davidge

Rebecca Davidge

Rebecca has over 20 years teaching experience across a range of Secondary schools in the West Midlands. She has taught across a range of Humanities subjects, and her main expertise is in Religious Education, Ethics and Philosophy.

Her BA (Hons) degree is in Religious Studies and Sociology and she has a Masters in Education (Religion and Values). The focus of Rebecca's dissertation was the character and ethos of a Catholic secondary school. She is interested is values and character education.


Where could it take you?

If you gain a 2:1 degree or above you will be guaranteed an interview for teacher training at Worcester (primary, or secondary RE, subject to places being available), providing you meet the national pre-requisites for the course at the time of applying. Knowledge of the practical and theoretical underpinnings of education equips you for a diverse range of careers and progression routes including:

  • Teaching PGCE Secondary Religious Education or PGCE Primary
  • Personnel
  • Training in the private sector
  • Social work
  • Welfare support
  • Charities
  • Local government
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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2020/21 is £12,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2020/21 are £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module, £2,313 per 30-credit module, £3,083 per 40-credit module, £3,469 per 45-credit module and £4,625 per 60 credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If you choose to take our optional work experience module you will be expected to cover any travel costs, and the cost of DBS check (currently £44) if required by the placement setting.

There will be the opportunity to attend various trips, these are optional and you will be expected to pay any costs.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £105 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £169 per week (2020/21 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Single Honours:

Religion, Philosophy & Values in Education'BA (Hons) - X301

Joint Honours:

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Rebecca Davidge

Admissions tutor