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Newman University, Birmingham

Theology and Education

UCAS Code: VXP3

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


Access Students can achieve the requirements with the following combination of Distinction, Merit and/ or Pass grades at level 3 achieved from a completed Access course. 96 UCAS Points: D21-M3-P21; D18-M9-P18; D15-M15-P15; D12-M21-P12; D9 M27-P9; D6-M33-P6; D3-M39-P3; D0-M45-P0.

UCAS Tariff

88-96

You must achieve either at least 96 UCAS points including a minimum of CC at A level or equivalent (e.g.MM at BTEC Diploma), or a total of 88 points from a maximum of 3 A levels.

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Applicants receiving offers

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Other options

4.5 years | Part-time | 2018

Subjects

Education studies

Theology and religious studies

**Theology and Education Studies** share theoretical approaches along with a keen interest in the individual’s place in the world, their development and spiritual growth, and the search for meaning. While the Education Studies component of the course will enable you to gain the relevant knowledge to embark on a teacher training course or move into an educational role after graduation, the Theology component will allow you to develop highly valuable critical and analytical skills through the study of such important questions as life and death, science and religion, identity and ethics. As well as gaining relevant subject knowledge you will have the chance to study abroad and undertake international placements. You will also gain a range of diverse skills and experiences that will provide an ideal platform for a wide variety of career choices related to Theology and Education, including progression routes into postgraduate teacher training.

Almost every story covered in the media has an ethical, philosophical or religious dimension to it, so that theology is always relevant to the issues of today’s world. You will be encouraged to think about deep questions such as how human beings should live, what values are being promoted in society, and how different religions interact with modern culture. Here at Newman we offer a lively, multicultural environment in which students from a variety of religious and non-faith backgrounds can flourish.

- The interactive teaching style used at Newman enables you to learn actively through debating and sharing ideas.

- The approach to teaching and learning also centres on developing your ability to read and engage with primary texts, such as the scriptures and creeds of the world’s religions, and the original writings of philosophers and theologians.

- Study trips are offered annually, to, for example, local places of worship, art galleries, and historic Cathedrals.

- Newman is almost unique among UK University Departments in offering optional modules in Religious Education to help prepare interested students for a future career in teaching.

Modules

Modules include: Religions, Politics and Philosophy, Learning and Teaching, Christian Theology: the Classical Tradition, Issues in Contemporary Ethics, Education and Society, Science and the Search for Meaning, Educational Possibilities, Radical Theologies and Philosophies, Creative learning, Equality and Diversity, Education, Three Monotheistic Faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam, Technology and Change, Critical Theory, Biblical Interpretation, Education, Work Placement, Dissertation. The course uses a variety of assessments to help develop a range of different skills from traditional essay and report writing to presentations, analysis tasks, reflective logs, research projects and web design. Your assessments serve a vital role in helping you gain the skills that employers need and our diverse assessment strategy helps ensure you have a range of skills.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Newman

Department:

Interdepartmental

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

74%
low
Education studies
87%
med
Theology and religious studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Education

Teaching and learning

78%
Staff make the subject interesting
83%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
83%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

76%
Library resources
82%
IT resources
74%
Course specific equipment and facilities
64%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

100%
UK students
0%
International students
15%
Male students
85%
Female students
48%
2:1 or above
10%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
C
304

Theology and religious studies

Teaching and learning

100%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
100%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
100%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

83%
Library resources
63%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
93%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

100%
UK students
0%
International students
24%
Male students
76%
Female students
79%
2:1 or above
16%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C
266

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Education

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£22,000
med
Average annual salary
90%
low
Employed or in further education
77%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

36%
Childcare and related personal services
9%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
6%
Administrative occupations: finance
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

When you look at employment stats, bear in mind that a lot of students are already working in education when they take this type of course and are studying to help their career development. This means they already have jobs when they start their course, and a lot of graduates continue to study, whilst working, when they complete their courses. If your course is focused on nursery or early years education, a lot of these graduates go into nursery work or classroom or education assistant jobs; these jobs are not currently classed as 'graduate level' in the stats (although they may well be in the future as classifications catch up with changes in the way we work), and many graduates who enter these roles say that a degree was necessary.

Theology and religious studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,000
med
Average annual salary
91%
low
Employed or in further education
94%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

31%
Teaching and educational professionals
13%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
9%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Theology can actually be a very vocational subject —by far the most common move for theology graduates is to go into the clergy and at the moment we have a serious shortage of people willing to go into what is one of the oldest graduate careers. If you want to study theology but don't want to follow a religious career, then there are plenty of options available. 2015 graduates went into all sorts of jobs requiring a degree, from education and community work, to marketing, HR and financial analysis. Postgraduate study is also popular — a lot of theology graduates train as teachers, or go into Masters or even doctoral study - where philosophy and law are very popular postgraduate subjects of study.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Education and teaching

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£19k

£19k

£21k

£21k

£24k

£24k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Historical, philosophical and religious studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£16k

£16k

£21k

£21k

£24k

£24k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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