Full-time: Three years, Part-time: Five years
Campus, Full-time and Part-time
VL69; Short form: RCSH
Preston (Campus code: U)
Religion, Culture & Society (RCS) offers you a real opportunity to engage with current affairs relating to religious issues. It will equip you with skills to critically assess and analyse truth against assumption, fact against myth – we get involved with religion culture and society in a contemporary world – the real world, and we love it! RCS is not only interesting – it is engaging, stimulating, enlightening and certainly challenging.
2016 National Student Survey
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 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.
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 and reviews.
Assessment are also facilitated through discussions and/or debates, self-reflection, peer interactive work, portfolio work, integrated ICT chat/discussion boards.
Students are also involved in at least one student centred conference per year:
As an RCS student, 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.
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.
RCS 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; an opportunity not to be missed!
Religion, Culture & Society aims to draw attention to shared values, beliefs and practices, and supports students in achieving a mutual appreciation of different faiths and traditions.
The purpose of RCS field trips, therefore, is to develop a lived experienced awareness of cultural heritage, traditions and practices of different faiths.
The RCS Ball is a totally student led experience – from its conception through planning and organisation to the management of the Ball.
The event brings together all cohorts; BA, MA, PhD and Alumni – great personal and professional networking and a fantastic experience!
RCS offers optional volunteering modules in each year of study and a placement module in year three.
Many students take these opportunities to widen their portfolio by gaining experience in industry – the benefit of the experience is evident in improved performance in the final year and when competing for graduate jobs.
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 two Awards:
There are also opportunities to further study for PhD or professional doctorate.
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'
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 ILM.
RCS has national and international recognition for excellence, innovation and research led teaching and the team are acknowledged experts in their fields.
Studying Religion, Culture and Society has introduced me to a wealth of knowledge that has allowed me to understand that this field isn’t just about religion. It is also about how religion and belief systems have had an impact on the economy, politics and education systems. This course has really encouraged me to develop a career in working with young people. Studying this degree hugely impacted my life both academically and personally.
- Saira Hassan
Community engagement was a very strong feature of my RCS degree and I participated in a number of activities, such as; the Hindu celebration of Diwali, Sikh worship in the Gurudwara and the Christian community at Pantasaph, as well as organising the Muslims in Britain Conference at UCLan.
- Sana Chari
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.
- Lucie Herbert
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.
- Lee Bradshaw
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.
- Penny Kinsella
This course was completely individual, every module was thought provoking and designed to challenge perceptions of society – the discussion and debating really appealed to me. The religion team were so passionate you could see how much they loved teaching.
- Abbie Marie Bartlett