Religion, Culture and Society (Foundation Entry)

Religion, Culture and Society (Foundation Entry) BA (Hons)

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.  

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.

RCS group

RCS group

Assessment are also facilitated through discussions and/or debates, self-reflection, peer interactive work, portfolio work, integrated ICT chat/discussion boards.

We incorporate field trips – national and international – into the programme delivery ensuring the enhancement of teaching and learning and enriching the student experience.

RCS International Field Trips

RCS national field trips

Students are also involved in at least one student centred conference per year:

RCS conference

RCS conference

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.

Exciting Opportunities

Study Abroad

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!

National & International Field Trips

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.

Placement, Work Experience and Volunteering

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.

Social Activities and Networking

The RCS Team foster a very strong sense of community through social and professional networking. Our end of year Ball is a totally student led experience – from its conception through planning and organisation to the management – aimed at enhancing the student experience whilst studying at UCLan

The event brings together all cohorts; BA, MA, PhD and Alumni – great personal and professional networking and a fantastic experience!

Students nominate fellow classmates for Inspiration Awards presented at the Ball. The nominees have inspired and supported their classmates and strongly contributed to the sense of student community. They are recognized for their outstanding contribution to enhancing the overall student experience.

What are our students doing now?

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, prison officers, police officers, 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.

Academic Expertise

We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions. Please take a look at our staff profiles for more information:

RCS has national and international recognition for excellence, innovation and research led teaching and the team are acknowledged experts in their fields.

Our Industry links

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.


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:

Religion, Culture and Society students


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:


Professional Accreditation

Gain international work experience through the Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership with second and third year modules which are accredited by the ILM.

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What our students say ...

"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

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Four years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • 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.

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

Personal Statement Advice

It's never too early to start working on your personal statement. We've got some useful hints and tips to help you make a great first impression.

Advice & Guidance

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Not sure how many points you have? Use our handy calculator and find out.

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Course Overview

Year 1

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

  • Understanding Religion and Belief
  • Dharma Religions
  • The Abrahamic Faiths

Optional modules

  • Faith, Identity, Culture and Society
  • Religion, Society and the State
  • Media and Culture
  • Youth, Identity and Difference
  • Nations and Empires in Asia: China, India, Japan and Thailand 1857-1949
  • An Introduction to British Sign Language
  • Volunteering and community Action
  • Freedom and Determinism
  • Education for Everyone
  • Beginners’ Arabic  Language
  • Free Choice Elective 

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Sacredness and Spirituality
  • Transatlantic Religion
  • Contemporary Islam

Optional modules

  • Fundamentalism and Cultural Heritage
  • Exploring Christian Theology
  • Hinduism and Buddhism in the Modern World
  • Cults, New Age and NRMs
  • Religion, Culture and Society Project
  • Sociology of Religion
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Cold War in Asia 1945-69: History, Society and Conflict
  • Home in a changing world; issues and questions of home
  • Mentoring in the Community
  • Sociology and Education
  • Intermediate Arabic
  • Free Choice Elective

Year 4

Compulsory modules

  • Religion, Culture and Society Dissertation
  • Political Islam and Islamic Movements

Optional modules

  • Religion, Culture and Society Placement
  • Perceptions of Morality
  • Religion, Media and Culture
  • Abrahamic Theology
  • Faith, Technology & Globalisation
  • From Cold War to New Asia Pacific Order 1969-92: China, India, Japan, Korea and Vietnam
  • India, Pakistan and Afghanistan during the Cold War 1947-92
  • Global Community Exchange
  • Sexy bodies: gender, sexuality and the body
  • Humanity, Values and the Environment
  • Advanced Arabic
  • Free Choice Elective

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Important Information

Contact Us

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.