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BA (Hons) Creative Writing and Theology

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Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

3 Years Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees


2021/22?UK fee: £9,250

2021/22 International fee: £14,050

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.


Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

  • UCAS?Tariff points:?96 - 120?(A levels or combination with AS /?EPQ?/?BTEC?/ Cambridge Technical)
  • A levels:?BBB -?CCC?including English Literature, English Language, English Language and Literature, Creative Writing or Drama at grade B or C
  • Access to HE Diploma:?Pass with 12 level 3 credits worth of English units at Merit
  • International Baccalaureate:?28 points with English Higher at?4
  • IELTS?6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5?

Student view

Tim Lowe
Theology and Religious Studies
The reason why I enjoy studying Theology at Chichester is being able to engage in facinating and diverse topics on a daily basis with some great people.

Course content

We are committed to educating you to your full potential so that you can contribute to the good of society. We teach you how to explore fundamental ethical and philosophical questions, and how to investigate the place of religion in society.

We teach you how to read important texts in detail and how to analyse and think critically. We teach you how to refine and develop your own ideas and how to respect the views and opinions of others.

We ask the questions that matter:

  • How do I live well and be happy?
  • Who was Jesus?
  • Does God exist?
  • What do Muslims really believe?
  • How can society be justly organised?

Our facilities

You can take advantage of our range of facilities including:

  • Specific subject librarians are there to offer advice and assistance for your study area, they can provide specialised reading lists and bibliographies if you are having difficulty finding the right materials
  • Additional academic support available such as referencing, essay planning, presentation skills, research and information gathering, plus general dissertation skills
  • Access to over 500,000 e-books, 4,500 e-journals and 100,000 streamed media clips
  • Library and IT services located on campus with Wi-Fi, open access workstations, individual study rooms and group working spaces

Where this can take you

Students go on to a wide range of careers after university. Many of our students become secondary school teachers and we offer a range of modules to equip student for this path. Recent graduates have also gone into publishing, the police service, community work, church youth work, and further study.

Careers you can follow include:

  • Teaching
  • Media
  • Police Service
  • Caring professions
  • Civil Service and Local Government
  • Law
  • Personnel Management and Human Resources
  • Health Care work
  • Community work
  • Marketing

We will work closely with you to help you achieve your full academic potential and go on to a successful career after university.

Work placements

A school or work placement module is also available to help you get valuable experience for life after university.

Indicative modules

The below Theology modules can be added to with your chosen English modules.

Year One:

Religion and Contemporary Culture (I)

The Many Faces of Jesus

The New Atheists

Exploring Religious Identities

Living the Good Life

The module will introduce you to classical and contemporary ideas about the nature of happiness and its implications for living well. It will begin with an introduction to Aristotle’s idea of virtue ethics discussed in the Nicomachean Ethics. This will then be compared with contemporary ideas such as Layard’s study of happiness, religious discussions of the same topic, and significant alternate ideas such emotional intelligence, and self-actualisation.

Religion and Contemporary Culture (II)

Religions and Conflict

Living Theology


Year Two and Three:

In your second and third year you undertake more detailed and specialist study. You can chose from a range of modules including those focusing on philosophical and ethical issues and / or those concerned with theology and biblical studies and English modules. Modules include:

Paul and the Early Church

Paul’s letters in the New Testament have had a major influence on the formation of Christianity as well as on political, ethical and philosophical questions more generally. This module varies between close readings of key Pauline letters and discussion of key problems – such as gender, social change, and freedom – raised by the Pauline texts throughout history. Through an attention to Paul’s historical, religious and political context, the module involves theological, exegetical work, but also analysis of the far-reaching legacies of Paul beyond Christianity.


The module will explore different ethical and methodological approaches in current debates relating to bio-ethics. Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of the variety of approaches to bio-ethical questions. The student will become acquainted with the major problems in bio-ethics, especially those relating to the beginning and ending of life. There will be opportunity for the substantial discussion of particular topics and issues.

Philosophy of Religion: Its Issues and Methods

Islam and the Modern World

Prophecy and Fulfilment

Great Christian Thinkers

Major Ethical Thinkers

A History of Ideas: Greeks to the Modern Day

History and the Postmodern

Living Judaism

Contextual Theologies

The Teachings of the Buddha

The Holocaust and the Problem of Evil

Religion and Gender

Dialogue & Diversity

Freedom and Free Will

Public Theology

This module examines the role of the Bible in the public sphere. In the West, the Bible is frequently held up as a bastion of morality and a public edifice undergirding democratic values. At the same time, familiarity with biblical texts appears to have waned in what is often referred to as a ‘secular’ Europe. Richard Dawkins proclaims the Bible morally bankrupt and calls for a further erasure of the biblical from the public sphere. To explore and evaluate these apparent paradoxes, this module engages with the major issues related to the Bible and public theology, from sexuality, morality and anti-Semitism to religious rights, democracy and blasphemy. Questions of interpretation and influence will be at the forefront of this module and its themes. The aim is to equip students with the ability to critically evaluate the role of the Bible in the public sphere and to respond to the uses and abuses of the biblical in relation to the political. Quoted by public figures from Martin Luther King and Margaret Thatcher to Norwegian mass-murderer Anders Behring Breivik, the Bible is a religious archive that haunts the public sphere, today as much as ever.

Religion and Film

History and the Postmodern

New Testament Texts

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

Teaching and assessment

The key to a degree is communication, and at Chichester we focus on your abilities in written and spoken expression through: group work and group presentations opportunities to develop your self-managed research projects developing your skills in critical analysis.

The range of assessments includes: essay; textual analysis; seminar presentation (group or individual); commentary; collaborative project work; portfolio; dissertation and manuscript.

Modules are assessed at every stage of the course, offering cumulative assessment of your progress. Your academic advisor and lecturers are available for advice throughout your degree.


Additional Costs

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