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Philosophy with Foundation BA (Hons)

University of Reading

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Course options

  • Qualification

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

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

Experts from the Department of Philosophy will introduce you to central philosophical principles, concepts, problems, texts and figures. Discover the basic rudiments of philosophical argument, and explore topics that interest you — including mind, religion, ethics, language, crime and punishment, morality, and non-Western philosophy.Studying philosophy allows you to develop wide-ranging, transferable skills. You will:- think critically and evaluate arguments- challenge your own ideas and those of others- enhance your skills in verbal and written argument.Your learning will be enhanced by teaching from experts, in a department where 96% of research outputs were rated to be of international quality in the Research Excellent Framework 2014.**Your learning structure**The aim of the foundation year is to prepare you for your philosophy degree. As you progress, each stage builds on your prior learning:- Foundation year: gain a thorough grounding in study at higher education level. Core modules will develop key skills to support your learning.- First year: familiarise yourself with the core topics of philosophy, and the concepts and methods of critical thinking, basic logic, and the psychology of reasoning.- Second year: acquire a deeper awareness of current philosophers, and the skills of argument and presentation. Greater emphasis is placed on developing your skills of research and enquiry. You will learn to present public arguments effectively, and respond to questions and challenges.- Third year: take the opportunity to develop full mastery of philosophy. Underpinned by independent learning, you will reflect on your personal effectiveness, self-awareness, and personal goals.In 2019, we achieved a 96% overall satisfaction score for BA Philosophy in the National Student Survey.You will be taught in small, interactive seminar groups which encourage discussion and debate with teaching staff and fellow students. Philosophy is a flexible degree, allowing you to shape your studies to your interests. You can also select modules from outside the Department.**Placement opportunities At any point in your degree, you can undertake a placement in a company or charity relevant to your final-year studies. **Study Abroad**In your second or final year, you can spend a term studying abroad at one of our partner institutions in the USA, Europe, Canada, Japan or Australia. To find out more, visit our Study Abroad site. *CareersYou will be supported to develop transferable skills over the course of your studies. Clear thinking, logical analysis and critical assessment are greatly valued in a variety of professional careers, such as law, politics, management and marketing.Additionally, our focused career-related and skills-related modules will help you to think about your future career and how you could get there.Around one in four of our students continue their studies, including conversion courses and teacher training.

Application deadline

15 January 2020

Tuition fees

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£ 17,320per year

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University information

University of Reading

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  • Campus address

    University of Reading, Whiteknights House, PO Box 217, Reading, Wokingham, RG6 6AH, England

The University of Reading is an international community with more than 21,000 students from around 165 countries.
Reading is just 22 minutes from London Paddington by train, and 45 minutes from Heathrow Airport by coach. Windsor and Oxford are also close by.
Reading supports undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students to maintain, improve and develop their academic English.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    40th out of 52

  • Entry standards

    / Max 218
    122 57%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    56 56%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.97 79%



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