Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion Taster Day 2018

Tuesday 30 January 2018

A day for Year 10s and 11s to encourage studying Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion at university.

Today, where over 80% of world’s population describe themselves as belonging to a religion, and where religious conflict is often in the news, understanding different world faiths and their beliefs has never been more important. A degree in Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion not only develops knowledge of the history, development and practice of different religious systems to the highest level, but offers the possibility of examining religion in relation to other areas of life such as literature and science, and of considering a wide range of ethical and philosophical issues that impact society. Studying Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion at university is not just an intellectual endeavour but also develops many skills highly valued by employers, including critical analysis, writing ability and an understanding of contemporary global contexts.

Girton College and the Faculty of Divinity will be running a Taster Day for pupils in Years 10 and 11, aimed at introducing the study of Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion at university level. The programme, which will take place at Girton College, will include taster sessions by University academics designed to inspire and enthuse Year 10 and 11 students who will already be considering their A Level choices and may be interested in studying this vibrant subject at university.

The day will:

  • Reveal and explain the breadth covered by university courses in Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion.
  • Encourage students to develop an interest in these subjects and demonstrate the value of studying them at university.
  • Enable students to experience taster sessions on a range of topical issues related to the study of religion.
  • Inform them about their A Level choices and how this will affect their university applications.

Students will have the opportunity to meet with current undergraduate TRPR students, and experience taster sessions on a range of topics. There is no cost to attend the event. Lunch is provided, but we regret we are unable to offer overnight accommodation or travel reimbursement (in most instances).

We would like to invite schools and colleges to nominate up to two students for our Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion Taster Day, which is open to UK students currently in Year 10 or 11. Places are limited so nominating a student is not a guarantee they will be given a place. Please find nomination forms and further information here:

To nominate one or more students please note that:

  • Students must be nominated by their schools, with no more than two nominations per subject per school.
  • Students should be on track to achieve good GCSE scores, with a potential interest in religious belief systems around the world.
  • Students do not need to be studying Religious Studies or planning to do so at A Level.
  • Please would teachers first check that nominated students are available to attend the Taster Day.
  • The nominated school contact will be informed by email of the successful nominations. Nominating a student is not a guarantee that they will be given a place. Places will not be allocated on a first come first serve basis, but rather will be based on Widening Participation criteria, including the background of the school and the youth participation rate of the local area in Higher Education (POLAR3 data from the Higher Education Funding council. More information on this can be found at
  • If any students would be unable to attend the day due to the financial burden of travel costs please contact the Schools Liaison Officer at discuss support available

The deadline for nominations is Friday 12 January 2018

If you have any questions please do not hestitate to contact Frances Ballaster Harriss on


Schools Liaison Officer
+44 (0)1223 338910