Pre-16 events for schools
Schools and colleges
What are their ambitions? What pathways could they take? Our workshops and activities for Key Stages 2, 3 and 4 encourage your students to ask themselves these important questions. To think about higher education. To find their passion.
We work with young people from groups that are under-represented in higher education, in partnership with select schools across years 5-11. Our aim is to find the students who can benefit most and support their progression into higher education.
Start exploring our activities, workshops and events that you can book and access below.
Upcoming virtual events
KS3 Discovery Week | March 1-15
On 1 March we're launching Discovery Week to help KS3 students with their GCSE options.
Register groups of up to 10 as a teacher, or book individually as a student or supporter.
Bookable workshops for the classroom or on demand
Our blended offer of downloadable lesson plans and resources means you can book live workshops and talks for your class. We can deliver these in person or virtually, in accordance with government guidelines, and on a time and date that fits your calendar.
Book now and get your students thinking about things like student finance, choosing options and pathways, learning preferences and more.
Bookable talks and workshops
Going Up – Primary
Explore the concepts of university, and get our fully resourced 'workshop in a box' for your class.
Making Your Mind Up – Key Stage 3
Learn how to make big decisions at KS3, and find out how these decisions impact choices at KS5 and beyond.
Skills for Progression – Key Stage 4
Build effective study skills, mindfulness techniques and develop personal learning preferences in this interactive session.
Next Steps Talk – Key Stage 4
Discover the pathways available to year 11 students, and explore post-school options including apprenticeships, BTECs, A levels and technical qualifications.
5 Things About Student Finance That Just Makes Sense talk – Key Stage 3-4
Challenge the myths and misconceptions of Student Finance in this short session.
Get Money Wise for Uni – Key Stage 3
Learn about the costs of study, budgeting, challenges and the advantages and disadvantages of going to university.
How Much Does Uni Cost? – Key Stage 4Explore the perceptions of debt and work with graduate career pathways to illustrate the principles of the Student Loans repayment system.
Student Finance Talk with Q&A – Parents
Find out what student finance support is available, eligibility, and how loans are repaid in this short presentation and Q&A.
Book any of our interactive talks or workshops for your class. They're pitched at just the right level for specific age groups and attainment. Sessions can be adapted to your lesson timings and we'll work with you to find a suitable date and time to bring your session virtually or in person, following all the safety guidelines and procedures of your school.
Resources for the classroom
Alternatively, we’ve made our workshops and lesson plans available for you to download from our 'Resources for the Classroom' page.
They cover the KS2-KS4 topics outlined in the bookable workshops section above and more.
Find and download the presentations to deliver the lesson yourself or grab the materials for your students.
Events to add to your diary
We'll bring you and your students a number of events throughout the academic year to take part in. Find out what's coming up below.
Discover HE Days – 19 May 2021 and 9 June 2021
Our Discover HE events help year 8 and 9 students to explore their options for higher education and training.
At this stage in their education, students are on the cusp of choosing which GCSEs they will study – understanding how this choice affects their options for Key Stage 4 and higher education is an important outcome of our Discover HE events. We also explore the alternatives to traditional undergraduate study including degree apprenticeships and other on-the-job training routes.
The day itself includes a tour of our campus, subject taster sessions and talks on a range of higher education opportunities. This is a full-day activity and includes refreshments, although students will need to bring their own lunch. We'll update you with more information soon.
Creative Forces Day – 25 May 2021
Our Creative Forces Day is for children of Armed Forces families. The day provides a taste of university and a chance to work with other students who have a shared lived experience, to reflect on their unique skills and experience in preparation for their future education and career steps.
The day also includes a CPD session for school staff who support children of armed forces families in school.
The event is likely to be virtual, although we'll aim to run this event on the university campus if safe to do so. More information on the event and how to register will be available soon.
Virtual Summer School – 6-10 July 2021
Our Virtual Summer School is for year 10 students to get a taste of university – from home or school. It's packed with great online content including subject taster sessions, virtual tours, quizzes, games and a virtual graduation.
Complete interactive challenges and activities, keep a record of it all in a digital scrapbook, and share the experience on social media – students will be able to join us at their own pace, around their schedule and learn about about life as a student. Booking will open soon.
About our work
Our pre-16 activities are for young people under-represented in higher education.
These often include students from low income households and participation areas, military service families, young carers, in care or care leavers, estranged students and students from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.