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Working with partner schools

Discover our events, which encourage young people to recognise their potential and raise their aspirations

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

What would they like to do as a career? What steps do they need to take to get there? And will they need to undertake higher education or training? Our workshops and activities for Key Stages 3 and 4 can support you as you start to encourage students to ask themselves these important questions.

All our events can be pitched at just the right level for your specific age groups and attainment levels. No matter where your students are on their journey, we can help them to recognise their potential, raise their aspirations and set their sights on a higher education.

Our pre-16 activities are for young people from groups who are under-represented in higher education. We work with young people in years 7-13 in partnership with selected institutions to find the students who can benefit most.

Students are often...

  • from low participation areas
  • from low income households
  • young carers
  • in care or care leavers
  • from military service families
  • estranged from their families
  • or from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities

We want to make it as easy as possible for you to arrange this support for your students. We're flexible about how our events are delivered, and we're available to offer support at your careers days, option events and parents' evenings.

UP for Uni

UP for Uni, our widening participation programme, is designed to open up the university experience to everyone. It’s all about encouraging young people to recognise their own potential, raise their aspirations and explore new routes to achievement. The programme takes place on the University of Portsmouth campus and in partner schools and colleges.

UP for Uni is free to participate in and can be tailored to your specific requirements. Events include residentials, workshops, taster days, presentations from current students, networking events and study skill masterclasses.

If you'd like to find out if your school might be eligible for a place on the programme in the future, email us on or call 023 9284 6214.

Discover Higher Education

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.

Our next events


  • 4 March 2020
  • 21 May 2020
  • 7 July 2020
  • 16 July 2020

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Creative Forces Day

As a co-host of the Service Children’s Progression Alliance South Hub, we recognise young people from armed forces families are an underrepresented group within higher education. The reasons for this are varied, but frequent school moves and the stress of having a deployed parent or carer are some often-cited examples.

We want to help you to give these young people some additional support. The city of Portsmouth has a long military history and we have fostered close relationships with local servicemen and women through our Further Forces Programme and our course offerings for military personnel.

At our Creative Forces Day on 10 June 2020, children from armed forces families and school staff from the region can visit our campus and discover more about university life. We'll highlight some of the unique skills that children from service families can bring to the table, such as thriving as independent learners and adapting to new situations quicker than most.

As well as experiencing what Higher Education has to offer, we hope children will share their experiences with us. It's also an opportunity for staff from schools to learn more about supporting pupils from armed forces families.

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Workshop: Making Your Mind UP

This interactive workshop, delivered in your school, explores the big decisions students face at the end of KS3 and how these can impact their choices at Key Stage 5 and beyond.

Your students will work with our student ambassadors (current university students) to hear their experiences of GCSE and Key Stage 5 choices. They will be able to answer any questions your students might have about higher education, as well as talking about their time as a student so far here at the University of Portsmouth.

We want to make it as easy as possible for your students to take part in our workshops.

Workshop: Skills for Progression

This practical workshop, delivered in your school, gives your students the opportunity to explore different learning styles and develop advanced revision techniques. By emphasising learning itself as a skill, we hope to empower your students to become independent learners and help to prepare them for the big academic jump between Key Stage 4, Key Stage 5, and higher education.

This event is suitable for Years 10 and 11.

Talk: Next Steps assembly

This short, interactive presentation explores the pathways available to Year 11 students. We design each session to fit into your assembly slot and cover a range of options including apprenticeships, BTECs, A levels and technical qualifications.

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For more information, email us on or call 023 9284 6214.

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