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Year 12 conferences and taster days

Each year we run a series of conferences and subject-specific taster days for Year 12 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:

Year 12 conference

  • Next event TBC

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Year 12 Conference

  • Monday 18 December, 2017

An opportunity to visit the University's historic Park Building and attend taster lectures from a range of subject areas including childhood studies, criminology, English, European studies, history, international relations, journalism, politics and sociology.

View the programme and book online

Faculty of Business and Law

Year 12 Conference

  • Tuesday 19 December, 2017

View the programme and book online

Faculty of Science

University of Portsmouth Science Conference: The Human and Natural World

  • ​Wednesday 15th November 2017 (morning)

Students are invited to the University of Portsmouth to experience three taster lectures from the faculty of Science.

This half day conference will cover the 'Human and Natural World' showcasing our BA Geography course, BSc Marine Biology and BSc Sustainable Environmental Management.

For more information and to book please click here

University of Portsmouth Science Conference: The Physical World

  • Wednesday 15th November 2017 (afternoon)​

Students are invited to the University of Portsmouth to experience three taster lectures from the Science department.

This half day conference will cover the 'Physical World' showcasing our BSc Geography course, BSc Engineering Geology and our School of Earth and Environmental Science​s.​

For more information and to book, please click here

University of Portsmouth Science Conference: Psychology

  • Wednesday 29th November 2017

For further details please email​

History Taster Afternoon

  • Wednesday 11 October 2017

An afternoon aimed at Year 13 and Access students offering sessions that are relevant to common syllabus themes such as Germany (1914-1989), the French Revolution, the British experience of war (1790-1918), the Tudor period and an additional session in celebration of Black History Month.

View the programme and book online

Healthcare science taster day - (pharmacy and dental care focus)

  • Next event TBC

An opportunity for Year 12 students to visit the University and participate in hands-on taster workshops offered by our Dental Academy and School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences. Taster sessions are offered in Dental Care, Biomedical Science, Pharmacy and Pharmacology. There will also be the opportunity for students to take a tour of a hall of residence during the lunch break.

Preparation for social work

  • Wednesday 4 October, 2017

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. 

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.

Programme and booking available in the spring term.

Faculty of Technology

  • Civil Engineering​/ ​Property Development - ​TBC
  • Computer Networks - TBC
  • Computing/Computer Science - TBC
  • Forensic Computing​ - TBC
  • Innovation Engineering/Mechanical Engineering - TBC
  • Math​ematics - TBC
  • Product Design​ -​ TBC

The Technology Taster Days need a minimum number to run, so if you are an individual booking or for more information please email

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