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BA (Hons) Theology

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Codes:

College C58

UCAS V600

Course Length:

3 Years Full Time

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 - 112 (A levels or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC / Cambridge Technical)
  • A levels: BBC - CCC 
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass 
  • International Baccalaureate: 28 points 
  • IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5

Candidates are advised to request an interview at which they will receive a more targeted offer. 

 

Student view

Deborah Stacey
"I would highly recommend Chichester to anyone wishing to study Theology and Religion. The small department size has a personal feel and means that links with tutors are strong, and support is always available."
Emilie Underwood

"The Theology and Religion degree at Chichester is fascinating, challenging and thought provoking. It really opens your mind and makes you think deeply about things you perhaps never had thought about. The relaxed and friendly atmosphere on campus is great."

Course content

We offer an excellent selection of high quality modules in each of our degrees. You have the opportunity to explore a great range of topics which build upon your A-level studies and guide you to become an expert in the field. We also offer choice between the degrees which means you can dip in and out of your chosen degree and sample other topics which might be of interest. 

In your first year you will study modules such as:

  • Sacred and Secular Scriptures in Western Culture
  • What is the good life?
  • Faith and Reason
  • Religions, Ethics and Violence
  • The Problem of Human Nature
  • Do the Right Things

In your second year you will study modules such as:

  • Saints and Sinners
  • Contemporary Interpretation of the Bible
  • Bio-ethics
  • Kingdom of Heaven
  • Popes and Politics
  • Work Placement

In your third year you will study modules such as: 

  • Dissertation (a major research project in an area of your choice)
  • Paul the Apostle: Theology, Politics, Philosophy
  • ​Political Theology
  • Revisioning Religion, Gender and Sexuality
  • A Cultural History of Death
  • Dictatorship, Conformity and Resistance

 

 “The variety of modules available throughout my three years meant that I was able to pursue my passions in Theology and religious studies while also exploring new avenues of study.

I was surprised by the many links between theology and other humanities and social sciences. For example while studying religion I have touched on history, psychology, sociology, biology, geography….” - Hollie Marriott

The University of Chichester is a great place to do Theology. There are lots of interesting modules on offer, so you can study a wide variety of topics connected to Theology”. - Jonathan Sheehan

I have found working on my dissertation to be a very challenging, but rewarding experience. It has allowed me to independently explore a subject that I am passionate about in great depth. I have had to learn to critically analyse a wide range of sources, and it has surprised me how much my own thoughts on the subject have changed so much during the course of writing it! I have also received great support from my supervisor, which has allowed me to explore concepts and ideas that I never would have thought of myself.” – Joshua Hatt

Where this can take you

Our students go on to an incredibly varied range of careers after university.  The skills learnt on the Theology programme equip students for all sorts of roles in society. There is no one typical career undertaken by our graduates.

Alumni receive a 15% discount on postgraduate courses at Chichester.

TEACHING

Perhaps the most popular career path is teaching, both secondary and primary.  Our degree courses equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to be a successful teacher.  In year 2 we have a Work Placement, which can be undertake at a school in order to gain experience of working in a school setting. The module provides guidance on finding a placement and on reflecting on your work experience.

Graham Cook is a Chichester graduate and Head of a local secondary school RE department.  He writes:

“Being a teacher is fantastically rewarding but it also takes a lot of time, patience and energy.  Exploring philosophical questions with 11-18 year old students is extremely interesting and offers a real opportunity for me to learn something new every day.

The degree at Chichester is varied in terms of content and the skills you can develop.  I was required to write essays in a way that encouraged me to evaluate my work and to undertake research independently.  I was also given the opportunity to create and deliver presentations to other students, a valuable skill for teaching.”

POSTGRADUATE STUDY

An increasing number of our students go on to postgraduate study.  We have former students studying at Masters and PhD level with us here at Chichester, and also in a range of universities around the country. 

Rebekah Hanson is a Chichester graduate who went on to do a Masters degree and is now undertaking PhD research at the university. She says:

“The undergrad and post-grad degree programs at University of Chichester have empowered me to creatively and critically engage with a range of theological perspectives in ways which have encouraged continued academic growth. The undergrad degree provided me with the skills and confidence to develop further in post-grad study and independent research.”

A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT CAREERS

Other careers pursued by our students include IT, game design, human resources, adult recruitment, management, charity organisations, nursing, Civil Service, museum work, ministry, the Church, research, politics, youth work, publishing, editing, local government, library services, fund-raising, the police, communications, marketing.

International English Studies

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International English Studies

Teaching and assessment

Progressive Assessment

We believe the best way for you to learn is through practice and feedback.  This is the principle which underpins our progressive assessment system.  Beginning in year one you will be asked to undertake pieces of assessment throughout the semester.  This ensures you do not have to do all your assessment at the end of term, a sort of ‘big bang’ method of assessment, in which it is difficult to do your best work.  Rather we break up the assessment throughout the term.

This means we can give you feedback as you go along.  You don’t have to wait until the end of term to know whether you have succeeded or not.  You will have the opportunity for 1-1 tutorials with module tutors and your academic advisor where you receive detailed and clear help on how to do better in your work.  It means that many of our students far exceed their expectations about what they thought they could achieve academically.

When it comes to assessment you will be asked to undertake a variety of tasks, many of which will be useful in your future careers.  You will be asked to write essays, book reviews, reviews of films, blog posts, prepare presentations, conduct group work, compile reports on projects, and conduct work-shops.  You will get a lot of support so there is no need to worry about assessment.

Our focus is on course-work rather than exams in order to support a progressive and supported learning environment.

“I love to discuss issues and elements of modules with my course mates, sparking very different responses.  The course has also rekindled my love for learning, as essays take the place of exams, so the pressure is less focused, allowing me to enjoy the passion for learning that I had lost during A Levels!” - Madeleine Hobday

Additional Costs

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Additional Costs

Social Life and Community

The Theology programme at Chichester prides itself on community – amongst students in the degree, across year groups and with staff, as well as with students from other Humanities degrees. 

The Theology, Philosophy and Ethics, and Religion, Ethics and Society programmes regularly organise social events such as cinema trips, museum visits, film evenings, pub trips, guest lectures and debates on topical issues.

In addition, there is a wide variety of activities and organisations on a university-wide level which you can take part in such as societies, clubs and sports.

“Chichester isn’t a big place, but as a result there is a community that I did not experience elsewhere.  Lecturers take the time to get to know, guide and encourage you, and their doors are always open.” - Madeleine Hobday 

“University study can seem daunting and scary, but with the regular feedback, support and information given to me by my lecturers and support staff I have felt at ease and confident that I can complete University study to a high standard.” - Hollie Marriott.

Study Abroad

The Department of Humanities provides students with an outstanding range of degrees where you are encouraged to study abroad for one or two semesters.

We have partnered up with some of the best universities in the world including our friends in Italy, the oldest University, University of Bologna-Ravenna. The full list of partners today are:

  • University of Aix-Marseille (France)
  • Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium)
  • University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany)
  • University of Wuerzburg (Germany)
  • University of Bologna (Italy)
  • Cadiz University (Spain)
  • University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu and Kuopio (Finland)
  • Karadeniz University (Turkey)
  • St Norberts College (Wisconsin, USA)
  • Mercer University (Georgia, USA)
  • Columbus State University (Georgia, USA)
  • University of Northern Iowa (Iowa, USA)
  • Queens College (New York, USA)
  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges (New York, USA)
  • Louisiana State University (Louisiana, USA)
  • Thompson Rivers University (Canada)
  • Rikkyo University (Japan)

While our students work and study with our partners we welcome their students to our classes as well as supporting academic exchanges for global researchers to connect to our home students.