Full-time: Three years, Part-time: Five years
Campus, Full-time and Part-time
VL69; Short form: RCSH
Preston (Campus code: U)
Religion, culture and society have long had far-reaching influence on educational, political and social issues. On this course, you’ll stretch your intellect and defy your prejudices as you explore the conflicting relationships between religion, culture and society - how relevant are the fundamental principles of many belief systems when applied to modern-day life? You’ll graduate with an understanding of religious culture and traditions from major UK faiths and how they interact with each other - and because you’ll study several subject disciplines, you’ll have a deep knowledge base to draw on in your future career.
Religion courses at UCLan were rated top in the UK for student satisfaction for teaching on the course by students who completed the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS).
104 Points at A2; General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Distinction
Pass Access to HE with 106 Points
International Baccalaureate with 26P
IELTS grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C including Maths and English or equivalent.
For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.
The Religion, Culture and Society undergraduate course will investigate the historical and contemporary effect of religion, culture and society on educational, political and social constructs. You will also address contemporary issues which challenge the fundamental principles of belief systems and explore developing theology. This course also encourages intellectual flexibility and equips students with an ability to challenge prejudices.
You will consider the development of different belief systems, both monotheistic and polytheistic, and also agnostic and atheistic. This includes cross cultural comparison in practice, tradition and belief, providing you with an informed and thoughtful engagement of current religious/faith based and human right issues. Year one, therefore, explores the impact of religion on policy, education, economics, culture, socialisation and globalisation – and vice versa.
My time at university would not have been the same without the RCS team. From the very first lecture they make you feel welcome and comfortable in a new environment. Lectures are fun and interactive, and the learning objectives are always met. The different styles of teaching and examination support and enhance students’ confidence in themselves and builds skills that are necessary outside of university.
You will also examine religious conflict associated to social problems emerging in the current global order and will discuss a number of issues relating to religious communities in connection to secularization and globalization – exploring how different communities relate to these challenges. There will be an emphasis on religious approaches to human rights, political freedom, gender roles, identity and nationalism within different social situations and constructs.
Additionally, you will engage with exciting topics relating to religion and belief; including different cultural understandings and perceptions of morality; therefore, critically examining some of the fundamental questions posed by religious beliefs that underpin theological and philosophical debates of classical and contemporary scholars.
The whole philosophy of the Religion, Culture and Society programme is to promote inclusively, encourage reflection on interfaith dialogue and highlight the important contribution religion can make to community cohesion and the combating of religious prejudice and discrimination.
Religion, Culture and Society offers an exchange programme in year two and many students take this opportunity to widen their portfolio by studying abroad. This course also incorporates a wide range of optional modules covering areas such as the Holocaust, which aims to enhance students understanding of ‘hate crime’, specifically relating to religious, cultural and ethnic identity.
Aside from the academic knowledge gained through RCS, the course also did wonders for my self-confidence. As a group we were set a number of presentations and debates to partake in, which seemed quite daunting at the time, but since completing the course I have noticed a huge difference in my ability to interact with people and I am now always the first to stand up and give presentations at work. I am certainly more confident.
RCS was developed in alignment with the European Union’s Legislation on ‘Religion and Belief’ and Human Rights issues, drawing on the disciplines of religion, theology, sociology, philosophy and ethics, cultural identity and ethnicity. Therefore, the degree is placed in a unique position within a Social Science framework and strongly aligned to the vision for quality Religious Studies/Theology as articulated in the QAA benchmark. Thus, the degree offers you the opportunities to engage with highly relevant contemporary issues and debates in the study of religion, culture and society and offers strong preparation for those wishing to enter professions such as teaching.
The RCS team are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions.
The teaching and learning across the RCS programme fosters an innovative and creative learning experience that reflects wider concerns of the market, employability and equips you for active citizenship in a global and sustainable future.
Because of the very nature of the degree – a study of several subject disciplines will deepen and enhance student’s knowledge base and also prepare them for the marketplace. In relation to employability the course development team believe that the BA in Religion, Culture and Society degree at UCLan will offer excellent career prospects for those wishing to pursue careers within teaching, local government, social work, the Probation Service, youth and community work, the Police and Prison and Immigration Services.
This course offers an optional placement module in industry in year 3. The benefit of the experience is evident in improved performance in the final year and when competing for graduate jobs.
This course also offers you an opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner universities. The exchange network is worldwide and includes countries such as Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Mexico, the United States and Europe. Exchange studies range from three months to one year and must be taken in year two.
Religion, Culture & Society (RCS) also includes international field trips to places of interest such as; Rome, Istanbul, Auschwitz, Cordoba, Budapest, Berlin; international trips are optional components of specified RCS modules, although everyone is welcome to participate. Our national trips include places such as Liverpool Cathedrals, Ladywelle Pilgrimage and Shrine, the Hindu Temple, Princess Street Synagogue, Buddhist Temple, the High Mosque, Sikh Temple etc. National field trips are part of the course and funded through the School of Humanities and Social Science.
Religion, Culture & Society - Student Publications
A number of students studying ‘Religion, Culture & Society’ (RCS) have had their work published in Diffusion, the UCLan Journal of Undergraduate Research. These students have achieved either an outstanding level of research or produced papers of academic excellence. These include:
Diffusion is a high quality, peer-reviewed journal, edited by a dedicated team of staff and students at the University of Central Lancashire.
The team is led by Dr. Carol Banks, an experienced editor of academic journals. For more information visit: http://www.uclan.ac.uk/diffusion
‘God in a scientific world: creationism v evolution’
‘The practice of mysticism in Sufism’
‘The impact of colonial contact on the cultural heritage of the native American Indian people’ (.pdf, 450KB)
‘The role of religion in social transformation within Poland since 1970’(.pdf, 460KB)
‘Child sex abuse and the Catholic clergy’(.pdf, 670KB)
‘Angels: are they physical beings or metaphors for human conscience’(.pdf, 670KB);
‘Can the miracles of Lourdes be classed as miraculous’
'Saint Irenaeus and conflicting doctrines of Damnation'
For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.
For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)
*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated. Currently the 2018/19 fee level, which is due to increase in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rates has not been announced by the Government.
For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.
The RCS team at UCLan have a wide variety of links with local, national and international faith and intercultural forums, faith schools and academic institutions, all of which provide valuable contacts for students wishing to enter professions related to Teaching, Ministry, inter-faith and inter-cultural dialogue and relations. RCS also work with charity organisations both home and abroad and global outreach programmes. Further details and contacts are available from members of the RCS teaching team.
Gain international work experience through the Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership with second and third year modules which are accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management.
You will, on average, attend twelve hours of lectures and/or seminars per week and may participate in both workshops and tutorials. Personal study also forms an integral part of the programme.
We strive to give our students key employability and transferable skills which will serve them in the world of work.
Our assessment practices illustrate a move away from exams and essays per se and incorporate a move towards a more inclusive assessment which benefits our diverse student body. Assessment strategies include coursework, individual and group presentations, individual and/or group projects, reviews and ICT interaction (specific modules are delivered via blended learning provision). Formative assessment are also a major focus throughout the programme facilitated through discussions and/or debates, self reflection, peer interactive work, portfolio work, integrated ICT chat/discussion boards and Personal Development Planning. In addition, we work closely with employers ensuring that students develop the necessary work experience for the market place (work placement).
RCS includes both compulsory, optional and skills building modules, which means that students may select a path of study suitable to their employment needs and/or personal interests. Within RCS there are a number of 'streams' which offer students a focus in a specific area or discipline. For example, students may decide to incorporate a political focus within RCS. Alternatively, students may decide to explore a wider optional path and include any number of optional modules, such as International Relations, Sociology of Religion, Politics and Human Rights etc.
RCS also fosters a very strong sense of community within undergraduate and postgraduate cohorts; thus encouraging excellent social and professional networking. The RCS Ball is a totally student led experience – from its conception through planning and organisation to the management of the Ball – aimed to enhance the student experience whilst studying at UCLan.
The RCS course is certainly challenging! I learned so much about my own faith and even more about the faith and belief systems of others. The lectures know what they are talking about, they really know their stuff. They actively promote and encourage debates, evaluation, reflection and critic. An excellent programme.
This course has a very high employability success rate, our graduates have entered a wide range of careers from project managers for international charity organisations, culture and diversity advisors, youth workers, government officers in the faith awareness sector, teachers in further and higher education to travel consultants advising on cultural diplomacy and lots more in between. Many of our graduates continue with study on either PGCE courses or remain with RCS to study at MA level.
RCS offers progression routes onto PGCE courses for graduates wishing to develop a career in teaching. We also offer our students the opportunity to study with us at MA level on one of four Awards:
There are also opportunities to further study for PhD or professional doctorate.