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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.

Degree Apprenticeship Open Evening

Wednesday 5 December 2018, 1-7pm.

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Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries

New taster sessions coming soon.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Politics and International Relations Taster Afternoon

Tuesday 19 June, 1.15pm-4pm.

Two taster lectures followed by a short 'Question Time' style session with a panel of University students and staff. Attendees will be invited to submit questions in advance.

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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.

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Faculty of Business and Law

New taster session dates coming soon.

Faculty of Science

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

Data Science Taster Day

Wednesday 20 June 2018.

Students will be introduced to our Data Science and Analytics course. They'll learn about how this course relates to various areas of life such as retail, healthcare, transport and science. There will also be a tour of our new Future Technology Centre which includes a demonstration of how big data can be used and a practical introduction to machine learning.

This event is suitable for year 12 students with a keen interest in programming, web foundation, database design and development and in data analysis.

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Innovation Engineering Taster Day

Friday 29 June 2018.

This Taster Day is a chance for students to learn more about engineering. Students will tour our laboratories, workshops and our new Future Technology Centre. They'll also work on a hands-on project and present their work at the end of the event.

This Taster Day is suitable for year 12 students who are thinking about studying engineering at university and those wishing to learn more about practical applications of their Maths and Physics background.

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Other Technology Taster Days

Below are the other 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

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Events for teachers and advisers

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

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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

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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.

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Parents' Higher Education evening

The Higher Education Evening is aimed at local parents of students who will be applying to university for 2019 entry. The event will consist of:

‘Applying to Higher Education talk’ which will explain the UCAS application process, point out the important deadlines and advise on how to best support a young person at the time of applying to university.

‘Student Finance talk and Q&A’ which will consider the costs of studying and explain the types of support available, there will be an opportunity to ask questions on Student Finance.

‘Q&A session with parents of current students’ will give you the opportunity to ask any further questions about the experiences of parents whose children have gone through the application process already.

You can also speak to our staff who represent various areas of university such as Degree Apprenticeships, Student Finance, Support and Housing.

This event is open to all parents of students considering applying to Higher Education next year, regardless of whether University of Portsmouth is one of their current choices. You are welcome to bring your children to the event.

Tea, coffee and light refreshments will be provided. Free parking is available onsite.

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