Philosophy (Foundation Entry) BA (Hons)

Philosophy (Foundation Entry) BA (Hons)

School of Humanities and Social Sciences




Under- graduate



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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    Full-time: 4 years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, None

  • UCAS Code:

    P257; Short form: BA/Pfe

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

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

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

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.

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Course at a Glance


Compulsory Modules

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

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
  • Knowledge and Freedom
  • Problems in Contemporary Applied Ethics
  • The Value of Knowledge


  • Science Fiction and Philosophy
  • Crime and Morality
  • Politics, Power and the State
  • + one further ‘elective’ option.

Year 3

Compulsory modules:

  • Metaphysics and Epistemology
  • Foundations of Ethics
  • Phenomenology and Existentialism


  • Philosophy of Mind
  • History of Political Ideas
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • plus one further ‘elective’ option

Year 4

Compulsory modules:

  • Contemporary Ethical Theory
  • Modern European Thought
  • Philosophy Dissertation


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

Further Information

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.


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Fees 2019/20

Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Industry Links

The UCLan BA(Hons) Philosophy programme is an academic rather than a vocational programme, designed to help our students develop the personal and intellectual qualities that will enable them to work effectively in a range of graduate careers. The majority of graduate employers are not seeking graduates of specific vocational courses, but graduates who have the broad range of skills and attributes that are characteristically developed through academic study at degree level in traditional disciplines. In this respect, Philosophy graduates compare favourably with graduates of cognate Humanities disciplines such as History and English Literature.

Learning Environment and Assessment

Philosophy modules are taught using a combination of lectures and seminar-based group discussions. An important function of the latter is to encourage students to reflect on and question their habitual assumptions and presuppositions and to develop and defend their own considered views. Learners benefit from well-equipped teaching rooms and an up-to-date library, with access to a wide range of online resources.

All members of the course team are active researchers in areas such as bioethics, environmental ethics and professional ethics, philosophy of mind and mental health, and philosophy and popular culture. Their diverse knowledge and experience allows the programme to be both stimulating and distinctive. In many cases their research activities feed directly into the content of the modules they teach.

Modules are assessed by a combination of coursework (essays, portfolios, critical learning diaries) and exams. Assessed presentations are also employed.

Choosing to study for my philosophy degree at UCLan was by far the best decision I have ever made and has changed my life for the better. Not only was the course content absolutely fascinating but it gave me qualities and skills I just didn't have before studying at UCLan.

Katie Lepic


Applicants often ask about the employability benefits of a Philosophy degree. Philosophy is not a vocational degree and consequently its employability benefits are not immediately obvious. Nevertheless, it is a highly flexible degree which develops skills and abilities that bring real employability benefits, as you can see from this article (the site is tailored to the US context, but much of what it says is equally applicable to the UK).

A philosophy degree is particularly suited to careers in advertising, the civil service, education, film and television, information technology, journalism, law, marketing, and management. However, the emphasis we place on transferrable skills means that philosophy graduates are able to apply these skills in differing contexts and have confidence and ability to work effectively in a varied range of occupations.

You can learn a language and travel abroad with awards and bursaries through Worldwise, and spend a year or a semester studying overseas.

Recent philosophy graduates have gone on to postgraduate study or teaching in primary schools and secondary schools (including A level Philosophy and/or Religious Studies), higher and further education institutes and teaching English abroad. Others have gone into management and administration in a range of public and private sector organisations.

For students wishing to continue to postgraduate study at UCLan, we offer an MA by research and (of particular interest to those thinking of going into RE teaching), and an MA in Religion, Culture and Society. Some recent Philosophy graduates have also gone on to research degrees (MPhil/PhD in Philosophy).