Moral and Philosophical Studies with Religious Education BA (Hons)
Course code X104
What is special about this course?
This new BA (Hons) Moral and Philosophical Studies with Religious Education is aimed at those considering a career as a Religious Education (RE) or Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies (RMPS) teacher in a Secondary School setting, or to those interested in exploring theological, moral and philosophical issues and debates, who would like to gain an understanding of how to lead learning. Supported by the Scottish Government, the course has been developed to address the shortage of skilled teachers in this area.
A contemporary and unique four-year programme, the course combines academic study in theology, ethics, and philosophy, with vocational training as a teacher, via an innovative mix of online learning and 30 weeks of full-time placements in schools. The education elements focus on enacting the curriculum and teaching techniques, while the school placements provide the benefit of mentoring and experience within a classroom setting.
Please see our FAQs for further information on this course.
- Combines academic study in theology, ethics and philosophy with vocational training as a teacher
- Dedicated specialists and lecturers with strong community links
- Calls on the expertise of the Highland Theological College
- Balance of theory and practice through the degree programme
- You will have the support of a dedicated education mentor
- Access to an extensive specialist library of around 65,000 volumes including several significant theological collections such as the Rutherford House library
- Seminar series grounded in the methodology of anthropology
We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.
- 3 Highers at grade BBC or above OR
- 2 A levels at grade BC or above
- These must include: Higher or A level English PLUS
- National 5 or GCSE Maths at grade C or above
- You will also be required to attend an interview
- An aptitude for teaching and working with young people should be displayed in your application
This is a Category 1 PVG course: PVG Scheme membership is required to successfully achieve target qualification, where there is guaranteed contact with vulnerable groups in key elements of the course. For further information visit our PVG scheme webpage
Year 1 - Cert HE
Core modules may include:
- Thinking and writing for study, work and life
- Problems in philosophy
- Introduction to systematic theology
- Jesus and the Gospels
- Protestant reformation
- Values and professional practice in education
Year 2 - Dip HE
Core modules may include:
- Knowledge, truth and understanding: Introduction to contemporary philosophy of knowledge
- Exploring other faiths
- Scottish church history (SCQF 9)
- Moral philosophy
- Anthropology of religion
- RMPS Educational placements 1a and 1b: How learners learn and manage transitions
Year 3 - BA
Core modules may include:
- Philosophy of science (SCQF 10)
- Continental philosophy
- Enacting the RME curriculum
- RMPS Educational placements 2a and 2b
Year 4 - BA (Hons)
Core modules may include:
- Philosophy of mind
- Christian ethics
- RMPS Educational placements 3a and 3b
- Teacher enquiry in RMPS
You will also complete a dissertation based on practitioner enquiry for the 'Teacher enquiry in RMPS' module.
How will I study my course?
- For the taught element of the course you will study mainly online through a combination of video-conference lectures and tutorials, and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE). There may be some opportunities to attend face-to-face based on your location
- The education elements of the course are taught from Inverness College and most theological and philosophical elements are taught from the Highland Theological College
- Your practical teaching elements will be arranged through the national school placement system and we will work with local authorities across Scotland to provide local school placements
- You will also have the support of a dedicated education mentor
- This course can be studied from your own home in Scotland, with a requirement to attend 30 weeks of placements in schools in Scotland over the programme's four years. We can also offer modern student accommodation in Inverness ideally suited to students on this course
How long will my course last?
- Full-time: 4 years @ 40 hours per week (hours may vary for placements)
Where can I study my course?
- Inverness - further locations to be confirmed
For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:
- EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
- EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
- EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
|Full-time (120 credit modules) per year||£1,820||£1,820|
|Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year||£645||£645|
|Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)||£215||£215|
Rest of UK students
For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:
4th year free only for students studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.
Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,542.
Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.
There are a number of funding options available to UK students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.
EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK
Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, the Scottish Government confirmed that EU/EEA and Swiss nationals, who do not have settled or pre-settled status, will be considered as international for fee purposes. For 2022-23, students will get an automatic scholarship of £3,000 per annum and the 4th year of study will be free for those studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.
This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
|Year||Level||2021-22 Full-time||With scholarship||2022-23 Full-time
Students will need Student Route visa sponsorship to study on the UK.
For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:
|Full-time (120 credit modules) per year||£12,360||£13,020|
|Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year**||£6,180||£6,510|
|Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)**||£2,060||£2,170|
Part-time study is not open to international students requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.
Further information on international course fees.
A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time rest of the UK, EU and international undergraduate students for continuous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.
External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.
You will be required to pay the cost of the PVG Disclosure Check (approx £60).
What can I do on completion of my course?
Once you have successfully completed this course, you will hold provisional registration as a secondary teacher of Religious Education with the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTC Scotland). This qualifies students from Scotland, the rest of the UK and EU Member States to apply for GTC Scotland’s induction year, the Teacher Induction Scheme (TIS), which can then allow teachers to qualify for the status of full registration. Students from non-EU countries are not eligible to join the TIS but can follow the Flexible Route to complete their probationary service if they are able to remain in Scotland on completion of their studies – see: Teacher Induction Scheme FAQs.
Full registration as a secondary teacher of Religious Education means you will be qualified to teach the following subjects in a secondary school:
- Religious Education (RE)
- Religious and Moral Education (RME)
- Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies (RMPS)
Can I progress into further study?
You may wish to consider further postgraduate study in education, theology or philosophy. Our MEd Critical Enquiry offers a structured programme to support professional learning throughout your teaching career.
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