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BA (Hons) Creative Writing and Theology

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3 Years Full Time

Entry Requirements 2018

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

  • A levels (or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC / Cambridge Technical): 96 to 120 UCAS Tariff Points including English Literature, English Language, English Language and Literature, Creative Writing or Drama at grade B or C.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass with 12 level 3 credits worth of English units at Merit
  • International Baccalaureate: 28 points with English Higher at 4.
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Entry Requirements and Fees

2020/21 UK fee: £9,250

2020/21 International fee: £13,500

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.


Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

  • UCAS Tariff points: 96 - 120 (A levels or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC / Cambridge Technical)
  • A levels: BBB - CCC including English Literature, English Language, English Language and Literature, Creative Writing or Drama at grade B or C
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass with 12 level 3 credits worth of English units at Merit
  • International Baccalaureate: 28 points with English Higher at 4
  • IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5​

Student view

Tim Lowe
Theology and Religious Studies
The reason why I enjoy studying Theology at Chichester is being able to engage in facinating and diverse topics on a daily basis with some great people.

Course content

We are committed to educating you to your full potential so that you can contribute to the good of society.

We teach you how to explore fundamental ethical and philosophical questions, and how to investigate the place of religion in society.

We teach you how to read important texts in detail and how to analyse and think critically. We teach you how to refine and develop your own ideas and how to respect the views and opinions of others.

We ask the questions that matter:

  • How do I live well and be happy?
  • Who was Jesus?
  • Does God exist?
  • What do Muslims really believe?
  • How can society be justly organised?

Our facilities

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

At the Bishop Otter campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support.  We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas.  We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.

The Learning Resource is the hub of the learning environment.  It has two upper floors of library resources, one for silent study and one for quiet study, both of which have recently been refurbished. On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Otter Gallery, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources.

The Bishop Otter LRC also offers:

  • 130 open access PC workstations
  • 45 Apple iMacs
  • Ample printing facilities
  • Netbooks available on loan
  • Professional editing suites
  • Media loans counter
  • Wi-Fi and plug points throughout

Where this can take you

Students go on to a wide range of careers after university. Many of our students become secondary school teachers and we offer a range of modules to equip student for this path. Recent graduates have also gone into publishing, the police service, community work, church youth work, and further study.

Careers you can follow include:

  • Teaching
  • Media
  • Police Service
  • Caring professions
  • Civil Service and Local Government
  • Law
  • Personnel Management and Human Resources
  • Health Care work
  • Community work
  • Marketing

We will work closely with you to help you achieve your full academic potential and go on to a successful career after university.

Work placements

A school or work placement module is also available to help you get valuable experience for life after university.

Indicative modules

The below Theology modules can be added to with your chosen English modules.

Year one modules:

Religion and Contemporary Culture (I)

(Module information to come)

The Many Faces of Jesus

(Module information to come)

The New Atheists

(Module information to come)

Exploring Religious Identities

(Module information to come)

Living the Good Life

The module will introduce you to classical and contemporary ideas about the nature of happiness and its implications for living well. It will begin with an introduction to Aristotle’s idea of virtue ethics discussed in the Nicomachean Ethics. This will then be compared with contemporary ideas such as Layard’s study of happiness, religious discussions of the same topic, and significant alternate ideas such emotional intelligence, and self-actualisation.

Religion and Contemporary Culture (II)

(Module information to come)

Religions and Conflict

(Module information to come)

Living Theology

(Module information to come)

In years two and three you undertake more detailed and specialist study. You can chose from a range of modules including those focusing on philosophical and ethical issues and / or those concerned with theology and biblical studies and English modules. Modules include:

Paul and the Early Church

Paul’s letters in the New Testament have had a major influence on the formation of Christianity as well as on political, ethical and philosophical questions more generally. This module varies between close readings of key Pauline letters and discussion of key problems – such as gender, social change, and freedom – raised by the Pauline texts throughout history. Through an attention to Paul’s historical, religious and political context, the module involves theological, exegetical work, but also analysis of the far-reaching legacies of Paul beyond Christianity.


The module will explore different ethical and methodological approaches in current debates relating to bio-ethics. Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of the variety of approaches to bio-ethical questions. The student will become acquainted with the major problems in bio-ethics, especially those relating to the beginning and ending of life. There will be opportunity for the substantial discussion of particular topics and issues.

Philosophy of Religion: Its Issues and Methods

(Module information to come)

Islam and the Modern World

(Module information to come)

Prophecy and Fulfilment

(Module information to come)

Great Christian Thinkers

(Module information to come)

Major Ethical Thinkers

(Module information to come)

A History of Ideas: Greeks to the Modern Day

(Module information to come)

History and the Postmodern

(Module information to come)

Living Judaism

(Module information to come)

Contextual Theologies

(Module information to come)

The Teachings of the Buddha

(Module information to come)

The Holocaust and the Problem of Evil

(Module information to come)

Religion and Gender

(Module information to come)

Dialogue & Diversity

(Module information to come)

Freedom and Free Will

(Module information to come)

Public Theology

This module examines the role of the Bible in the public sphere. In the West, the Bible is frequently held up as a bastion of morality and a public edifice undergirding democratic values. At the same time, familiarity with biblical texts appears to have waned in what is often referred to as a ‘secular’ Europe. Richard Dawkins proclaims the Bible morally bankrupt and calls for a further erasure of the biblical from the public sphere. To explore and evaluate these apparent paradoxes, this module engages with the major issues related to the Bible and public theology, from sexuality, morality and anti-Semitism to religious rights, democracy and blasphemy. Questions of interpretation and influence will be at the forefront of this module and its themes. The aim is to equip students with the ability to critically evaluate the role of the Bible in the public sphere and to respond to the uses and abuses of the biblical in relation to the political. Quoted by public figures from Martin Luther King and Margaret Thatcher to Norwegian mass-murderer Anders Behring Breivik, the Bible is a religious archive that haunts the public sphere, today as much as ever.

Religion and Film

(Module information to come)

History and the Postmodern

(Module information to come)

New Testament Texts

(Module information to come)

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

Teaching and assessment

The key to a degree is communication, and at Chichester we focus on your abilities in written and spoken expression through: group work and group presentations opportunities to develop your self-managed research projects developing your skills in critical analysis.

The range of assessments includes: essay; textual analysis; seminar presentation (group or individual); commentary; collaborative project work; portfolio; dissertation and manuscript.

Modules are assessed at every stage of the course, offering cumulative assessment of your progress. Your academic advisor and lecturers are available for advice throughout your degree.


Additional Costs

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