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Discover our pre-16 events, workshops and activities to help students learn about higher education

It's never too soon for your students to start thinking about their future.

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 and realise their potential. 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.

Want to find out more and work with us? Start exploring our activities, workshops and events that you can book and access below.

Book for the classroom or access on demand

You can now access our blended offer of downloadable lesson plans and resources and book live workshops and talks for your class, which we can deliver in person or virtually.

Our workshops and talks can be arranged for a time and date that fits your calendar. We'll work with you to bring you these sessions safely and in accordance with government guidelines.

Book a workshop now and get your students thinking about student finance, choosing options and pathways, learning preferences – and more.

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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 4

Explore 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.

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Get our talks and workshops on demand

Alternatively, we’ve made these workshop presentations 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 above and are available to access now.

Discover what resources are available, find and download what your students need and get what you need to deliver the lesson yourself. 


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.

Discovery Week –  1-12 March 2021

To celebrate British Science Week and National Careers Week, we’re putting on a series of events to help your students discover more about different careers and the world of science at university and beyond.

Use our activity packs to join along in the classroom while our university staff and students celebrate the diverse range of people across different careers and industries.

Events will take place during 1-12 March 2021. Booking and more information will be available soon.

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.

Contact us

To book any of our virtual talks, workshops and presentations – or to find out more about and discuss how we can support your activities virtually or face-to-face, please email us at upforuni@port.ac.uk or call 023 9284 6214.

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