Certificate of Higher Education in Philosophy, Religion and Ethics
Understand the beliefs of others and the ways in which those beliefs have shaped society
This new Certificate focuses on the use of Philosophy as a tool for analysing the nature and truth of religious beliefs and values, and on the two religions – Christianity and Islam – which have the greatest number of adherents.
Studying this programme will give you:
- an introduction to key themes in the study of philosophy, religion and ethics, and address issues of meaning and truth in these areas
- an understanding of key texts, events, doctrines, theories, interpretations and arguments relating to the study of Philosophy, Religion and Ethics
- a range of transferable skills, including the ability to select and organise material from a range of sources, represent the views of others with fairness and integrity, and produce clear, well-structured written work - skills which are valuable in many walks of life.
Candidates who successfully complete the Certificate in Philosophy, Religion and Ethics may be eligible to enter the second year of the BA in Philosophy, Religion and Ethics programme at Heythrop College, University of London. We also offer undergraduate programmes in Divinity and Theology.
|Application deadline||1 October in the year before you intend to sit your first examinations|
|Registration deadline||30 November|
|Start studying||Study materials are usually available from mid-August|
|Examinations take place||May|
The programme consists of 4 courses.
Prestige and career progression
The programme has been developed by Heythrop College, established in 1614, a specialist College of theology and philosophy within the University of London. The skills you will gain are valuable in many walks of life. Theology is useful, not only for those working with one of the churches but also for teachers, those in social services or other occupations that are concerned with people and their values.
Flexible study at a reasonable cost
You have 1-5 years to complete the Cert HE. Fees are payable as you progress rather than as a single lump sum. The following is an example of University fees for the whole programme of study: £1,637 for the Cert HE. Please note that this example is calculated using current fees, does not reflect any annual change to fees and assumes completion in the minimum time permitted.
The Cert HE in Philosophy, Religion and Ethics comprises 4 courses.
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How you study
Distance and flexible learning is an alternative way of obtaining a prestigious qualification at a reasonable cost. You can study at a time and place to suit yourself using the introductory study materials we provide to guide you through the syllabus. When you first register we will provide you with:
- Subject guides for each module studied
- Access to online resources and reference materials, including a virtual learning environment (VLE) and the University of London Online Library
- The Arts Good Study Guide by Ellie Chambers and Andrew Northedge
- Student Handbook and Regulations
- Past examination papers and Examiners' guidelines
Each year you continue to register, you will receive updated study materials.
We also provide all students with a student registration card.
In addition to the materials we provide you will be advised to buy some books, and you may also need to refer to others in a library. These will form an important part of your study. As far as possible, you should consider the facilities available locally to you, and how accessible books are likely to be before registering as an International Programmes student.
Virtual learning environment
The VLE allows you to:
- access subject guides
- access the Online Library
- receive notices and other programme-related information
- take part in discussions with fellow students in the online forums.
Heythrop offers an Essay Marking Scheme for certain level 4 modules. For an extra fee you can send essays to Heythrop and receive advisory marks and feedback from academic staff.
The fees below relate to the 2013-2014 session and are subject to annual review.
|Certificate of Higher Education in Philosophy, Religion and Ethics||2013-2014|
|Application fee||£ 72|
|Registration fee||£ 685|
|Examination fee per course||£ 220|
|Continuing registration fee||£ 390|
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The total provided above is an example of the total amount of fees payable to the University for the whole programme of study. This example use the current fees, does not reflect any annual changes to fees and assumes completion in the minimum time permitted.
When to pay
The application handling fee is payable when you make your application. The closing date for applications is 1 October. If you meet the entrance requirements you will be invited to register.
The initial registration fee is payable when you register with the University. The closing date for registrations is 30 November.
The examination fee is payable when you choose to enter an examination. Examinations take place in May or June each year and examination entries are accepted between 30 November and the examination entry closing date, 1 February.
The continuing registration fee is payable in the second and subsequent years of registration at the time when you confirm the courses that you will be registered for during that year. The continuing registration fee is effective between 1 March and 30 November.
How to pay
All University fees must be paid in pounds sterling (GBP). The University accepts:
- Western Union - Quick Pay
- Credit/debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Maestro, Electron, JCB)
- Sterling banker's draft/cheque
- International money/postal order
Further details are given in payment methods.
In addition to the fees payable to the University, you should also budget for:
- textbooks (this may well be in the region of £300 per year if you are taking four units in one year);
- tuition costs (if studying at a teaching institution);
- the fee charged by your local examination centre to cover its costs; this fee will vary.
Fees are subject to annual review and the University reserves the right to amend previously announced fees, if necessary. For a full list fees that may be applicable, please see the fee schedule.
Each course of the Certificate of Higher Education in Philosophy, Religion and Ethics is examined by one three-hour unseen written paper.
You do not have to come to London to take your examinations. Examinations are held once a year in exam centres around the world as well as in London. Examinations overseas are arranged mainly through Ministries of Education or the British Council. You will be charged a fee by your local examination centre (this fee will vary). For further information please see the Assessment and exams section.
To be eligible for the Certificate of Higher Education in Philosophy, Religion and Ethics you must:
- normally* be aged 18 or above by 1 September in the year of registration and
- have passed the equivalent of at least three separate subjects at UK GCSE/GCE O level (at not less than grade C).
UK GCSE equivalents, including grade requirements can be found at: Entrance Qualifications [pdf, 52pgs, 465KB].
*Applications will be considered from applicants who do not meet the normal minimum age requirement for admission. Each application will be considered on an individual basis, and the decision taken at the discretion of the University of London.
A student who successfully completes the Certificate of Higher Education in Philosophy, Religion and Ethics may progress to the Bachelor of Divinity degree or Diploma of Higher Education in Theology with credit, subject to the rules given under Progression within the programme in the Programme Specification and Regulations [pdf, 84pgs, 803KB] for those awards.
The language of instruction, reading and assessment is English. To succeed on our programmes you need a good level of competence in English. If you doubt your ability in written or spoken English we advise you take a course and test in English language before enrolling on the programme.
Required standard of English
You will usually meet the English language requirement for undergraduate programmes if you:
- hold a UK GCSE / GCE O level in English at grade C or above
- have five years secondary schooling taught solely in English or have passed GCE A levels or IB in essay-based subjects
- have passed an International Foundation programme that permits entry onto a recognised UK bachelor degree
- hold a full Postgraduate award, or a full first degree or Associate degree taught and examined in English from an institute that is acceptable to the University
- have passed, within the past three years, an Associate degree, Diploma or Higher Diploma awarded by an acceptable institute / polytechnic / university in Hong Kong, Malaysia or Singapore, or
- have passed, within the past three years, a test of proficiency in English language from an organisation acceptable to the University.
Where an applicant does not meet the required English language level but believes they can demonstrate the required level for admission the University may, at its discretion, consider the application.
Please note if an applicant satisfies one of the above conditions yet provides evidence of a test of proficiency in English language, awarded within the past three years, which is below the University’s minimum requirements then they will be required to retake such a test before being offered admission.
All students must have regular access to a computer and the internet. This may be for accessing the Student Portal, downloading course materials from the virtual learning environment or accessing resources from the Online Library. You will also need suitable hardware capacity on your computer for document storage as well as basic software such as a PDF reader.
Some programmes have courses or modules that use additional software. Where this is the case, information is given with the relevant course descriptions.
Academic leadership: Heythrop College
Heythrop, one of the oldest Colleges within the University of London, is a specialist College of Theology, Philosophy and Psychology. Like most of the colleges at Britain's oldest universities, Heythrop was originally a religious foundation, set up in 1614 by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) to train its own members. It received its Royal Charter as a College of the University of London in 1971. Heythrop possesses one of the finest collections of theological and philosophical books in the UK. For further details please visit the Heythrop College website [external link].