“The Year 13 conference at St Paul’s was fabulous. Exactly what my students needed to remind them of the wonder and mystery and rigour of the course.” M. Thomas Outstanding A Level RS London

Faith! is our brand new event to support Year 13 students studying for Year 2 A Level Religious Studies.  It is suitable for ALL EXAMINATION BOARDS (OCR, AQA, EDEXCEL, EDUQAS) and covers core Philosophy of Religion and Religious Ethics content.

It is clear that the new specifications for A Level Religious Studies present all teachers with a challenge: how to cover so much material while also holding students’ interest and building their love for the subject.

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“Language” has been specially designed for Year 13 students – covering topics specified by ALL ENGLISH EXAMINATION BOARDS for the full A Level in Religious Studies and focusing on developing higher-level AO2 essay skills -however, the event is also suitable for able and interested Year 12 students those studying towards CIE PreU / IB Diploma options.  The event will visit:

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November 2019

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Mon 11th, St Peter’s School, York
Tues 12th, Methodist Hall, Manchester
Fri 15th, St Andrew’s Church, Oxford
Thurs 21st, Wesley Methodist Church, Cambridge
Fri 22nd, Bloomsbury Baptist Church, London
Tues 26th, Chichester Cathedral
Wed 27th, Broadmead Baptist Church, Bristol
Thurs 28th, Coventry Cathedral

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No prior knowledge of these topics will be assumed… this is NOT a revision event, but aims to enthuse and extend your students, helping them to develop a love and holistic understanding of the subject and to entertain the possibility of studying a related subject at University… full student notes will be provided and generous teaching resources will be provided for teachers to download.

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Sessions will include:

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Piercing the Veil
This session will begin by considering the nature of God, showing how if God is eternal in the sense of being timeless, spaceless and wholly simple, as Aquinas’ ways to God suggest that God must be, the meaningfulness of Religious language comes into question. Apophatic theology will be evaluated along with the via negativa, before the session focuses on evaluating Aquinas’ doctrine of analogy. The session will conclude with an essay-planning activity.

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What does meaning mean?
Moving forward to the 20th Century, the verification principle in its strong and weak forms will be explained along with the falsification principle as approaches to assessing meaning in religious language. Alternatives in the work of Ludwig Wittgenstein and RM Hare will then be considered and evaluated. The session will conclude with an online quiz on religious language.

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Meta-Ethics: What does “good” mean?
After lunch, we will turn to the relationship between language and ethics, exploring different approaches to defining “good” – naturalism, intuitionism and emotivism – and how they relate to both normative ethical systems and ethical decision-making. The session will conclude with an essay-planning activity.

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DEBATE:
“This house believes the claim “sex before marriage is wrong” is meaningless!
The final session will introduce the topic of Sexual Ethics, outlining Church teachings on sex before marriage and how the Natural Law and Kantian traditions on one hand and the Utilitarian and Situationist approaches on the other approach decision-making… before briefly considering the possibility of relying on conscience. Finally, students will be invited to contribute their own reasoned arguments in our lively debate.

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NB: Presenter Dr Peter Vardy wrote popular textbooks “The Puzzle of God” (HarperCollins, 1999) and “The Puzzle of Sex” (SCM Press, 2009) and is a named scholar on both OCR and EdExcel specification for topics covered in this event.

I first went to one as a student, later a teacher. They are excellent.  You can’t beat Peter Vardy.”

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We have attended them for years now. They are worth every penny spent on them and every second allocated.

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They are really excellent conferences- clear, coherent and extending talks upon all subjects linked with courses. A must for aspirational sixth formers.”

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Save RE Facebook Comments, January 2019

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How To Buy Your Tickets

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Student tickets cost just £22 when purchased online
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  • FREE 32 page printed notes booklet, packed with information and activities.
  • FREE accompanying teacher tickets (with refreshments & teaching resources)
  • FREE Candle Friends status for 12 months; including FREE resources & exclusive CPD
  • FREE teacher study day CPD place (worth £150) with 5+ student tickets*

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Early-Booking Bonus
If you complete a group-booking for 5+ students before October half-term, you receive a FREE webinar pass (worth £120) for EITHER our new Christianity series (March) OR Revise A level RS (May)*

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With Candle you get:

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  • Up-to-date scholarly content made engaging and tailored to the real needs of A Level students.
  • Sessions and resources designed by practicing teachers with a record of engaging students of all abilities.
  • Easy, secure online bookings with no fees to pay; just print off e-tickets.
  • A real teacher to speak to on the telephone or e-mail and social media support on twitter @PuzzleVardy & facebook @CandleConfs

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e-mail: info@candleconferences.com

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Tel: 0208 133 2241

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*Our full T&Cs can be read here.

Thank you for a great day yesterday; students talking meta-ethics until two fell asleep on the way home on the train! J. Smith “Outstanding A Level RS Conference” Newcastle.

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