Philosophy (Foundation Entry)

Philosophy (Foundation Entry) BA (Hons)

Interrogate what it means to be human and develop the personal and intellectual skills you need for any career that involves thinking, talking or writing about your ideas on this truly fascinating academic programme. Join us on a journey through traditional areas of theoretical philosophy, including metaphysics, epistemology, moral theory, and the philosophy of mind and language, as well as modern European philosophy and applied ethics. Our academics are all active researchers, and their work in areas such as bioethics, professional ethics, philosophy of mind and mental health, and philosophy and popular culture feeds directly into the modules they teach

Education should be for life, not just for work. Higher education is not just about extending our knowledge and developing skills, but also about pursuing more searching questions – questions about what is really worth striving for, about how we should conduct ourselves, about the place of thought and reasoning in a successful human life, and about the nature and limits of our knowledge. 

Philosophers have a longstanding and uniquely-focused interest in these questions, and this makes philosophy the higher education subject par excellence. Such questions challenge us to learn how to really think. Addressing them requires an approach that differs from the approaches of the natural and social sciences: not observation and experiment, but the analysis of concepts, and the exercise of autonomous reason. The study of philosophy also helps to develop more general transferable skills - such as the ability to construct analytically well-honed arguments, to express ourselves unambiguously, and to defend our views rigorously.

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You will explore the various foundational issues concerning knowledge, reality, the nature of the self, ethics and politics that constitute the scope of philosophy, and they are assisted to develop an understanding in depth of some of these.

The course aims to provide an intellectually stimulating and rigorous programme in philosophy, which will appeal to students with diverse interests and motivations towards academic study. A key feature of the course is the recognition that students benefit from tutors’ direct involvement in relevant research and scholarship. The course develops students’ capacities for autonomous, self-initiated and independent intellectual enquiry, and fosters the development of distinctive graduate attributes and transferable analytical skills.

You will also analyse the conceptual implications of new technologies and societal transformations, in relation to the foundational issues indicated above. By these means you will be provided with the conceptual tools to counter avoidable prejudices concerned with, among other things, race, gender and class; and you will develop self-confidence and effectiveness in communicating the results of your intellectual inquiries.

You’ll have an opportunity to build a work placement into your studies, via modules offered through our Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership. These modules offer placements with a wide range of community groups and voluntary organisations in areas such as music and the arts, environment and conservation, crime prevention, health and social welfare, sports, youth work, culture and heritage, ICT, PR and fundraising.

You will take 18 modules, at the rate of 6 per year (full-time) or up to 4 per year (part-time). Optional modules may be taken alongside an 'elective' module, to make up the yearly quota of 6. Elective modules offer a choice from a wide range of modules offered across the university, and may for example include a language module, a work placement, or a careers or employability module. Modules are reviewed annually and may therefore vary, in content or availability, from those listed above.

The full course begins with core modules in epistemology (theory of knowledge) and philosophical reasoning, with options in applied ethics, and philosophy and popular culture. At stage two you can choose from a range of options including: metaphysics and epistemology, philosophy of mind and language, phenomenology and existentialism, modern European thought and environmental ethics plus a final year dissertation.

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: 4 years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, None

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Fees 2019/20

    Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £6,400 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year.

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 72 UCAS Points. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 72 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

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Course Overview


Compulsory Modules

  • Essential Study Skills for Higher Education
  • Developing Academic Knowledge
  • Target Award Extended Study
  • Learning by Experience

Year 2

Year Long Modules

  • Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Introduction to Education, Childhood and Deaf Studies
  • Introduction to History
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Film and Media Theory
  • Introduction to Literature
  • Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Themes in Archaeology
  • Introduction to Psychology

Year 2

Compulsory modules:

  • Reason and Argument
  • Freedom and Determinism
  • Foundations of Knowledge: Rationalism and Empiricism
  • Problems in Contemporary Applied Ethics
  • The Value of Knowledge: What is Education For?


  • Science Fiction and Philosophy
  • Power, Politics and the State
  • Plus one further elective option

Year 3

Compulsory modules:

  • Foundations of Ethics


  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Phenomenology and Existentialism
  • Epistemology
  • History of Political Ideas
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • plus one further elective option

Year 4

Compulsory modules:

  • Philosophy Dissertation
  • Contemporary Ethical Theory


  • Modern European Thought
  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Humanity, Values and the Environment
  • Philosophy and Popular Culture
  • Contemporary Anglo-American Political Philosophy

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Important Information

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This course is based in the School of Language and Global Studies
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Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2018 Entry | 2019 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course 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.