Being beyond the typical age that most people go to university, and after much deliberation, I finally decided to take the plunge. Although there were a few universities I could have applied to study religion at, my first choice was UCLan. Having read extensively on the RCS course, attended the subject Open Days, speaking to and hearing the RCS lecturers speak, convinced me that UCLan’s RCS course was the one for me. I haven’t regretted that decision since.
The RCS course has many modules to choose from, with each module covering various topics, cultures and views. With so much variety, there is bound to be something (if not everything) that will capture the interest of every individual, with further scope to follow your own personal interests.
Every lecture, without fail, would result in some amazing discussions; all of which were impossible not to engage with or get animated about – the lecturer encouraging us and often giving us even more to query and consider.
The skills acquired from the lectures, the discussions, the debates and the course overall have developed deep critical, analytical and lateral thinking skills, not to mention confident and objective communication skills; skills that are transferable and invaluable in any field of work.
The support from the RCS team cannot be stressed enough, both academically, personally and professionally too. The team don’t just support their students for the short term, but for the long term, developing skills and potential within each of their students helping them achieve amazing possibilities. I can honestly say this with absolute sincerity because when I began studying at UCLan, it had been 12 years since I was last a student. Yet despite this, in my 2nd year at UCLan, my RCS essay got published under the tutelage and guidance of Dr Carolyn King, and I achieved a first class honours degree. Amazing given I didn’t even have any A Levels.
Because of the RCS team and degree course, I can say with absolute confidence that I have acquired deep and broad knowledge of various religions, cultures, histories, and views (both religious and non-religious). The RCS course is very cross-curricular, examining history, politics and education to name a few, under the branch of religion, making the RCS course very relevant and diverse. As a result, it has made me want to inspire others hence, since graduating from the RCS course, I chose to become a Religious Studies teacher and completed my PGCE and now teaching full time and loving it.