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Year 12 and 13 conferences and taster days

Each year we run a series of conferences and subject-specific taster days for Year 12 and 13 students and their teachers. The conferences aim to educate, stimulate thought and inspire the young people in attendance. Attendees select from a range of taster lectures or practical sessions run by University lecturers.

Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries

CCi Taster Day

April 2018.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

History Taster Afternoon

Wednesday 7 March, 1.15pm-4.00pm.

A choice of taster sessions linked to common syllabus themes: the Tudor Period, the French Revolution, Weimar Germany and the Cold War.

View the programme and book online

Politics and International Relations Taster Afternoon

Wednesday 14 March, 1.15pm-4.00pm.

A choice of taster lectures, followed by a 'question time' style session with a panel of University students and staff. Attendees will be invited to submit questions in advance.

View the programme and book online

Working and Studying Abroad and Translation and Interpreting Conference

Wednesday 27 June 2018.

Aimed at Year 12 MFL students. The day will include workshops delivered by our returning work and study abroad placement students. Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in both translation and interpreting workshops linked to their chosen language of study (French, German and Spanish) led by experienced translators and interpreters using our industry standard interpreting suite.

View the programme and book online

Faculty of Business and Law

Spring Taster sessions

Human Resource Management OR Accounting: Wednesday 21 March 2018, 1.00pm-3.00pm.

Faculty of Science

Healthcare science conference

Tuesday 13 March 2018.

This event information is to be confirmed.

Preparation for social work

Autumn 2018.

Students intending to apply for social work in the current application cycle are invited to attend an event exploring the real world of social work. The event includes taster lectures, a workshop with service users, a Q&A session with practitioners and an in-depth session looking at admissions and offering top tips for students. 

Physics Taster Day

Autumn 2018.

Faculty of Technology

Below are the taster sessions we offer as either a half or full day. These sessions take place at the University however we're also able to bring a number of these to your school or college. These will typically last 1.5 to 2 hours.

These sessions are very flexible. We're happy to work with teachers, adapting the sessions to match specific areas in your Schemes of Work or curricula.

Please contact for more information.


  • Computer Networksa
  • Computing/Computer Science
  • Cyber Security and Forensic Computing
  • Data Science and Analytics (Can be linked to A-level Maths and Business)
  • Software Engineering


  • Building Information Systems
  • Civil Engineering (Can be linked to A-level Maths and Physics)
  • Electronic Engineering (Can be linked to A-level Maths and Physics)
  • Innovation Engineering (Can be linked to A-level Maths and Physics)
  • Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (Can be linked to A-level Maths and Physics)
  • Petroleum Engineering (Can be linked to A-level Geology, Maths and Physics)
  • Product Design and Innovation
  • Quantity Surveying and Property Development


  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics with Statistics

Events for teachers and advisers

Throughout the year we run a number of events specifically for teachers and advisers. Find out more.

UoP Library access for Extended Project students

An opportunity for students studying for the Extended Project to visit the University of Portsmouth library, develop their research skills and access our resources to enhance their projects. The day will also include a session looking at critical and analytical thinking and time in the library to study. If requested, we can also include a ‘taster lecture’ from a specific subject to illustrate university style learning.

To discuss or organise a visit please email

Open Day bursaries for schools and colleges

The University of Portsmouth offer a limited number of transport bursaries for schools and colleges wishing to bring students to our Open Days.

The bursaries of a fixed amount of £200 per institution are subject to the visiting group bringing 15 or more pupils.

For more information contact the Recruitment and Outreach Team on