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Theology foundation year pathway

On successful completion of the Theology Foundation Year pathway you will progress on to study Theology, Religion and Ethics at undergraduate level.

About the pathway

The Theology Foundation Year offers a unique introduction to the study of theological claims and the understanding of ethical realities. These disciplines are increasingly recognised by employers for the way in which they develop literacies which are invaluable in range of different sectors.

Theological and ethical questions have been explored since the earliest of times, and this foundation year offers an opportunity to understand some of the most ancient and long-standing ideas at the heart of human civilisations.

At the same time, these disciplines are approached in a dynamic and contemporary way, showing how they continue to inform human life and society right up to the present day. Our focus is on making theology and ethics accessible to all, through a range of teaching methods and high levels of pastoral support.

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Course content

As well studying four core Foundation Year modules, you will also study two theology-based modules. 

This module provides a basic overview of the main sources for academic reflection in theology, as well as introducing the methods by which the examination of these sources is conducted in an intellectual context. You will also be introduced to non-Western and Eastern religious thought and to Buddhist, Hindu, Confucian and Daoist beliefs, histories and practices.

This module provides an overview of the main approaches to philosophical and theological ethics as well as the history and development of ethical thought, while applying these theories to real world issues.

This module explores what makes “thinking” rigorous and logical, and how to detect specious arguments or ideas based on prejudice or fallacies in reasoning.

It will also encourage students to start reflecting on how to present ideas in creative and critical ways, whilst developing a strong understanding of the constant need to be ethical.

This module introduces the students to learning in HE and provides them with a framework for reflection and understanding of their own personal learning identity as well as tools for continuing educational success.

This module will equip students with the knowledge, confidence and practical skills to help them to develop their employability skills.

Students will be introduced to the workplace through a short observation and will work independently and in groups to understand and recognise work-related success and build their own potential.

This module is an opportunity for students to expand their knowledge in an area of their choice. Students will work closely with a supervisor to choose a topic of interest for investigation.

Alongside pursuing their interest in a topic, students will engage with academic research skills such as finding sources, building an argument and organising ideas, design and delivery of output, and will require planning, preparation, research and autonomous working. Students will produce a portfolio of work.

This module will also culminate in a small “conference” where all students showcase their findings. 

Please note: all information is correct at the time of publication. However, course content is regularly updated and this may result in some changes, which will be communicated to students before their programme begins. Modules listed may either be core or optional; you may not be able to study all your first choice modules.