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Date Posted: 21/06/2022 | Posted In: Religion Ethics & Philosophy, Student News

Our first-year A Level Religion, Ethics & Philosophy students were enriched by a visit to Leeds Trinity University last week where they found out more about the University itself and the courses available. 

The day began with an introduction to the BA (Hons) Philosophy, Ethics, and Religious Studies course. In addition to receiving information about the content, assessment structure and work experience placements available, students were informed about the high aspirational outcomes of their learners, and the different employment routes a course like Religion, Ethics and Philosophy connects to.

Our students then experienced a lecture by Dr Richard Playford on Buddhism and the ‘No Self’ which raised thematic links to key concepts on the A Level course such as metaphysics and consciousness, the soul, mind and body and nature of reality. The lecture was insightful in presenting Buddhism not only from a religious and cultural perspective, but also historic, social, and philosophical dimensions. 

Integral to the A Level course, student were also invited to an online talk and discussion, featured on The Philosophers Cave channel, to explore the design argument for the existence of God through an examination of teleological arguments from St Thomas Aquinas. This lecture can be accessed here 

Following lunch, the students engaged in a campus tour and talk which enabled them to speak to student ambassadors and find out more about student life and about studying and living within a campus environment.

The day then ended with a talk on UCAS Top Tips, Advice & Support a chance for students to ask the ambassadors any further questions.

Many thanks to the staff and student ambassadors at Leeds Trinity University. The students found it to be a really rewarding experience and made these comments:

“The visit was intriguing, informative and extending” 

“It helped me realise what type of university experience I am looking for”

“I particularly liked the lecture on Buddhism as it was different to what we have currently studied, but it also provided me insight into this topic area which goes beyond surface level and also connects closely to philosophy and interfaith topics we are studying as part of the syllabus.”

“The lecture was interesting because it showed me more about how subjects are taught at university level and made me think about what I want from my own degree course.”

With gratitude to Leeds Trinity University for their bespoke hospitality and expertise.

Find out more about A Level Religion, Ethics & Philosophy here