Last week, students who are currently studying Religious Studies from Year 12 were fortunate to go on an enriching trip to the Cambridge Faculty of Divinity for an A-Level study day.

To start the morning off, Mr Wallington-Smith took the students on a tour of the local area, taking us to notable landmarks including the Mathematical Bridge, which was designed by Sir Isaac Newton without the use of any nuts or bolts, the infamous Newton's Apple Tree, and the intriguing Corpus Clock, which is also known as the Grasshopper Clock because it depicts a grasshopper eating away time.

After the tour, we all entered the theology lecture hall at the university to begin the day with a thought-provoking talk on studying RS beyond school at university, where students were encouraged to consider the importance of and skills that could be gained from it.

This was followed by an engaging discussion on exam preparation strategies, with a particular emphasis on essay structure.

Following this, the students then had the opportunity to listen to another interesting talk about the use of analogies, exploring their strengths and weaknesses both in the context of Religious Studies examinations and outside it.

The day also included a revision session on the ethical theory of utilitarianism, providing students with a deeper understanding of this fundamental concept and another on the philosophical dilemma of the problem of evil for God, which is a topic which I personally love.

Overall, the day was incredibly useful for our future studies of RS, not just for our A-levels but also for students who are considering it post A-level. Many thanks to the RS department for organising the trip.