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Subject-Specific Tasters

HEON are delighted to be able to offer your students a range of subject-specific tasters designed and run by our partner institutions, to allow them to get a feel for the courses they are interested in studying at higher education. These can be delivered on campus or in your school depending on the workshop, and also give students the opportunity to talk to Student Ambassadors about their experience. Workshops will be subject to availability.

Some of the tasters we can offer you:

University of Surrey

Science Taster Sessions (Years 9 – 13)

Can you discover who killed Justin Bieber? What can be done about the effect plastics are having on our oceans' ecosystem? Can we use viruses to target cancer cells? What do you know about the world of chemical engineering? The University of Surrey is able to offer a variety of exciting, engaging and challenging science subject taster sessions combined with introductions to higher education and how to study the subjects discussed. These sessions can include sessions to work alongside the syllabus such as DNA electrophoresis and introductions to the cell.

Introduction to Social Media Law (Years 9 – 13)

Is it always clear when a celebrity is endorsing and promoting a product? An interactive and engaging workshop based around the ever-changing platform of social media and the advertising issues which arise with celebrity endorsements and opinion dividing adverts. Delivered by an undergraduate law student with insight into studying law at the University of Surrey as well as student life.

How to Win at Rock, Paper, Scissors (Year 9)

This workshop explores the mathematical patterns, puzzles and theories behind the game of Rock, Paper, Scissors to explore the most effective way to win. Students will learn about probability whilst also being introduced to game theory.

Royal Holloway, University of London

Why Study Psychology? (Years 10 – 13)

This session will introduce students to the subject of Psychology and the topics covered as part of the undergraduate degree. As well as engaging, active tasks, it will also include information on future careers in Psychology.

History at University (Years 9 – 13)

Through active learning and engaging discussion students will find out about what it is like to study History at university and the different types of History courses that can be found there. The session will also cover the skills that can be acquired and the careers that can be pursued with a History degree.

Learning Politics (Years 9 – 13)

A workshop with a number of active tasks to help students get a feel for what it is like to study Politics and International Relations at university. Activities can include games on International Trade, and exercises on re-writing state constitutions.

North East Surrey College of Technology

Drama Workshop (Years 9 – 13)

Students will look at text and explore themes, language, and historical context and where it sits in today’s society. This will be explored in practice, using performance as a medium for engagement. They will explore movement, voice, and acting to gain greater knowledge of the subject matter.

Computing Workshop (Years 9 – 13)

Delivered by groups of Student Ambassadors studying Computing, this workshop aims to inspire students and inform them about the opportunities for careers and educational pathways in the computing and technology sectors.

HE Apprenticeship Taster Day (Years 10 - 13)

A one day event that will give students an insight into the world of apprenticeships. Students will learn about degree apprenticeships, get the opportunity to sample one of Nescot's available courses such as animation or movie editing, and have the opportunity to ask current apprentices about their experiences.

Cooking at University Workshop (Years 9 - 13)

A hands-on practical activity primarily aimed at year 13 students (although content can be adapted) to help prepare them for their transition to university in September. Students learn to make delicious, nutritious and affordable meals from scratch with an introduction to basic food hygiene. Meals include pizza, spaghetti bolognese, and curry dishes. Dates to be confirmed upon request, but this event will be running on Tuesdays from April to June for a maximum of 10 students. Please get in touch for more information.

University for the Creative Arts

Creative Careers Presentation

Tackling the misconceptions around what a Creative Career is, what the gains are, and how to start a creative journey, UCA’s Creative Careers Presentation aims to educate and inspire young people considering a career in a creative field. Click here for more information.

Portfolio Advice Presentation and Workshop

When applying to higher education, an impressive portfolio will help students to demonstrate their practical and creative ability, and give that extra edge to their application. Creating a portfolio is an opportunity to identify and refine their artistic aspirations and could be the key to securing the place they want on a pre-degree or degree course. This workshop aims to provide students with all of the information, advice, and guidance that they need to create their own portfolio.

Creative Workshops

UCA offer a wide range of creative workshops allowing students to experiment within a chosen discipline and create work to develop their skills and use as part of their portfolio. Some of the available workshops that are available to your students are "Bookbinding”, “Creature Generation”, and “Fashion Illustration”. For the full range of workshops and to book, please visit UCA’s website at www.uca.ac.uk/outreach/workshop-events. You can also visit our page by clicking here.

UCA are also able to consider bespoke workshop requests to tie in with your school curriculum on a case-by-case basis.

UCA Creative Arts Summer School

This four day non-residential Summer School is the perfect way to help support the development of students’ portfolios for FE or HE study. It is suitable for any students wanting to develop their creative skillset and/or are considering studying creative courses at college or university.

University Centre Farnborough

Commercial Services, Care and Sport

Students will have the opportunity to experience workshops in specific subject areas within our Commercial Services Care and Sport Faculty. This could include Sport Science as well as Early Years and Health and Social Care.

Construction and Engineering

A workshop with a number of hands on activities which will give students an insight into the Construction and Engineering Industry.

Enterprise and Creative Arts

Our Enterprise & Creative Arts Faculty will provide a workshop which will cover a wide variety of topics from Graphic Design and Photography to Media Production and Business & Computing.

Academic Studies

A workshop providing students with information surrounding our Academic Studies Faculty. The interactive sessions may relate to our fast track degrees/Joint honours degrees with subject areas including: Science, Criminology and Psychology.

Guildford College Group

Hands-on Vocational Subjects

Students can experience a range of hands-on vocational subject tasters and be shown round Merrist Wood's 400 acre land-based college which has riding facilities, a range of exotic animals in a purpose built centre, and dog grooming.Their staff are also able to answer questions about getting into specialised fields such as sport, the police force, or working with animals.

Animal Management Day

This day will allow your year 12-13 students the chance to find out about the degree and apprenticeship options available in subjects including animal behaviour, wildlife conservation and zoo management and have the chance to ask questions of their friendly and knowledgeable staff. The college has 400 acres of land, and students can learn about the range of land based careers for those who want to work outside.

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