Religion, Culture and Society

Religion, Culture and Society BA (Hons)

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.  

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years, Part-time: Five years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • 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 Cartagena.
  • 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.

Course Overview

Year 1

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 2

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 3

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

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)
Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

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 

International Students

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Scholarships and Bursaries

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

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Not got the grades?

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degree

Foundation Entry Route

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Further Information

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.

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.


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.

RCS group

RCS Away Day

RCS group

RCS graduates


Study Religion, Culture and Society at UCLan

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.

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!"

-Victoria Whitham

"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."

-Laura Meakin

"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


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. Find out more information here.

Professional Accreditation

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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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Abbie Bartlett

Abbie Bartlett

BA (Hons) Religion, Culture and Society, 2015

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.

Important Information

This course is based in the School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 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 2019/20 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.