Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion Taster Day 2019

Thursday 31 January 2019- 10am-4pm

A day for students in Years 10 & 11 to encourage studying Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion at university. Nominations for this day are now open, and will close on 21st January 2019. Forms can be found here.

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 is increasingly important.  A degree in Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion offers the opportunity to study religion through many lenses, including the historical, philosophical, sociological, literary and scientific. The degree also develops 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 will include taster sessions by University academics designed to inspire students to consider taking this exciting subject on to A Level and university. Students will have the opportunity to meet with current undergraduate theology students, and experience taster sessions on a range of subjects. For more information, please see the provisional programme: Girton College Theology Taster Day 2019 Information

Participants and session leader Dr Hilary Marlow from Girton College’s Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion Taster Day 2018 

The day will:

  • 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 contemporary issues related to the study of religion.
  • Inform them about their A Level choices and how this will affect their university applications.

There is no cost to attend the event. Lunch is provided, but we regret we are unable to cover travel expenses or offer overnight accommodation.

Please note:

  • Students must be in Year 10 or 11, and be nominated by their school/college.
  • Each school/college may put forward two primary nominations, with the option of third reserve nomination to be considered if space is available.
  • 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.
  • Before nominating, please check that students are able to attend the Taster Day.

Nominations are open from Friday 9th November until Monday 21st January. Nomination forms can be found at

Nominating a student is not a guarantee of 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 (POLAR4 data from the Office for Students. More information on this can be found here).

If you have any questions, please  contact Annie Hoyle on


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