Mode of Attendance: Full-time or part-time
The Certificate in the Study of Religions, which may be taken full-time over one year or part-time over two or three years, consists of 120 credits from the current Study of Religions list of undergraduate courses, chosen in consultation with the student’s Academic Advisor, and approved by the Head of Department. Up to one unit, not from Study of Religions but related, may be included.
The Certificate serves various purposes. A number of overseas students, coming to this country for one year’s study, often as part of their degree work at home, have taken the Certificate. They have thus acquired a SOAS qualification at the same time as completing another year towards their degree at home. Some home students have also taken it, whether to follow up some particular interest or (as in the case, for example, of a qualified Study of Religions teacher trained chiefly in the Judaeo-Christian tradition) to broaden horizons.
A number of students, including some from overseas, who began in this way with the Certificate, have eventually studied for a full BA programme. Other students, contemplating a BA but uncertain of their own abilities or of the work involved, or about whom the School itself has had hesitations, may embark on a Certificate as a probationary period. Admission standards for the Certificate may be a little lower than those for the BA. Patterns of transition from Certificate to BA include the following, depending upon the circumstances of each individual student:
A full Certificate may be completed, after which the student may then apply, through UCAS, to begin a BA from the beginning. (This arrangement has been adopted, for example, in cases where the School has faith in a student’s capacity, but where, perhaps because of unsuitable schooling, or the unavailability of suitable A-level subjects on offer, the chances of satisfactory A-level results are slight.
A student, having completed one year of part-time Certificate work satisfactorily, and finding it rewarding, may then transfer from the Certificate and apply to begin a BA from the beginning.
A student may complete a Certificate, and then apply, through UCAS, for second-year entry to a BA.
Admissions and Applications
Applications are made directly to SOAS through the online application system, if you have any further questions please contact the Admissions Department.
English Language Entry Requirements
You must be able to show that your English is of a high enough standard to successfully engage with and complete your course at SOAS. Please note that we take our English language requirements seriously and failure to meet them exactly may well result in your application to SOAS being rejected. It is not possible to negotiate if your scores are below our required levels, with the expectation that because they are 'close enough' they will be accepted. It is important that you plan appropriately, well in advance, so that your English language test comes in good time and so that you have time to retake the test if necessary. We do not accept reasons of inconvenience or financial hardship for not submitting or retaking an English test.
For EU and International students who need a visa, if unconditional entry scores are achieved we accept qualifications from several countries, as well as a range of international qualifications and tests.
If a Tier 4 entry visa is required then a SELT, such as UKVI IELTS may be needed. For this reason, we recommend all Tier 4 visa students to choose the UKVI IELTS Academic test as the test of first resort.
About the School
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