At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum and professional work placements included in all our undergraduate programmes.
The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility. To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities. This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development. Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here
Who am I? How should I live? Is religious belief credible in the 21st century and why is it still with us?
If these questions excite you, our Philosophy, Ethics and Religion degree is the one for you.
Through the disciplines of philosophy, ethics and religion, you'll engage with fundamental questions about human existence, values and beliefs. It's an interdisciplinary degree, so you'll learn how philosophy, ethics and religion all relate to each other, and enhance your understanding of each by studying them together. You'll get a foundation in all three disciplines and also be enabled to develop and explore your own interests.
This degree will develop your skills of problem solving, critical and creative thinking, as well as your ability to engage with philosophical, ethical and religious questions in an independent and sophisticated way. Through its interdisciplinary approach you will learn respect for the views of others. You will undertake a professional work placement – in the UK or abroad – to help you to explore your future career opportunities. These may include working with schools, businesses, or religious bodies. So you'll be well prepared to teach or go on to further study in any of the three disciplines, as well as a wide range of other careers.
The Philosophy, Ethics and Religious Studies programme is delivered using a variety of styles, including lectures, seminar-style discussion of a particular topic, class debates on live issues, prepared presentations by students, group work, and other exercises as appropriate. Guidance and feedback on reading, research and essay-writing is embedded in the learning and teaching process.
We make extensive use of electronic media, e-books, and especially Moodle, Leeds Trinity's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), to support class sessions and to enable 24/7 access to learning materials from off-campus.
On this course students undertake two 20-credit Personal Development and Placement modules with the option to take a third. In the first year this is delivered through an intensive 2 week preparation block, helping you to prepare for you 5-week professional placement. In the second year you will undertake a 6-week professional placement with the option to swap this for a placement with a voluntary or charity sector employer, spreading the 6-week placement out over the whole academic year. Finally, students can choose to take a Level 6 option module in which they negotiate and complete an individual project for an external institution or company, again, taking this in a less intensive way across the whole academic year.
A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for the programme, to enable students to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that they have developed. There is some scope for students to be involved in negotiating and evaluating some assessment.
Assessments tailored to this programme include presentations, portfolios and book reviews, as well as essays and exams.
In addition to each of your module assessments you will take a programme level assessment in each of the first and second year of your programme. This is designed to assess your understanding of everything you have been taught and to help you to understand how different elements of your degree fit together to make a coherent programme.
You will be given weekly directed activities to complete in each module. These will contribute marks towards the final module assessment and reward engagement with the content of the module. They will also help you to check your understanding of what has been taught. Some of these activities may include further reading or preparation tasks for seminars. Some of the tasks will be completed online and may include quizzes which provide you with instant feedback on your understanding of the module content. In some modules lecturers may place some of the taught content on videos which you may be required to watch prior to attending a class. This will free up time for you to work on meaningful projects in class.
On this programme there are some assessments which are marked on a pass/fail basis rather than graded. Please note that these assessments are excluded from the calculations made to produce the figures published in the Key Information Set (KIS) for this programme/subject.