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.
Full-time: Three years, Part-time: Five years
Campus, Full-time and Part-time
Preston (Campus code: U)
Religion, Culture and Society achieved 100% student satisfaction in the 2019 National Student Survey.
This course subsidises national and international field trips to support study to locations including Rome, Istanbul, Auschwitz, Cordoba, Berlin, Budapest and Liverpool.
You can study abroad at one of our partner universities. The exchange network includes countries such as Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Mexico, and the USA.
Understanding Religion and Belief
The Abrahamic Faiths
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
Sacredness and Spirituality
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
Free Choice Elective
Religion, Culture and Society Dissertation
Political Islam and Islamic Movements
Religion, Culture and Society Placement
Perceptions of Morality
Religion, Media and Culture
Faith, Disability and Social Exclusion
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
Free Choice Elective
More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.
Our typical offer is 104 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, Merit BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Distinction Pass Access Course: 106 UCAS Points International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 104 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects IELTS: 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5 GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent
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.
We incorporate field trips – national and international – into the programme delivery ensuring the enhancement of teaching and learning and enriching the student experience.
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!
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.
A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.
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.
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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.
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.
There are also opportunities to further study for PhD or professional doctorate.
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.
What our students say ...
“Choosing to study RCS at UCLan has been the best decision I have made to date. From the very minute I walked into the university it became clear that I wasn’t just ‘another student’ or a number on a register - I was part of the RCS family; where every single student matters, has a voice and is truly cared for! I do not say this lightly! Alongside the amazing pastoral side to the lecturing team, is the way they deliver their classes... interactive; fun and always with a respectful air of debate! I have learnt so much about not just religion, but about how different world views impact our society today. I have now completed a PGCE and am returning to UCLan to complete my RCS MA with this fantastic team!"
"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
"From day one the RCS course has been one of the most challenging yet rewarding experiences. There were so many opportunities to make the course individual and study the topics that interested me the most which made it all the more enjoyable. The staff are extremely knowledgeable and go above and beyond to support students; my self-confidence soared with the support of the RCS team. The RCS ball at the end of the year is also a highlight, a great opportunity to let your hair down and socialise with the RCS family, I will always remember those nights with a smile."
"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
RELIGION, CULTURE & SOCIETY - STUDENT PUBLICATIONS
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.
Abbie Bartlett chose to study BA (Hons) Religion, Culture and Society at UCLan due to the unique and varied course content and admits “the excitement I felt about this course and the welcome I received from the staff made me realise that this course was for me.”
In fact, Abbie fell in love with studying religion so much that after graduating and obtaining her PGCE, she became a Religious Studies Lecturer.
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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.