The University runs a number of Higher Education preparation sessions throughout the year. These sessions can be delivered in school or college or at the University depending on the activity type. Activities can be sorted below by theme, type and target audience.

Contact us on 01484 472282 or schools.liaison@hud.ac.uk

ActivitiesThemePre-16Post-16Adult LearnersActivity Type
Academic research for EPQ workshop Skills Development Interactive workshop
Academic writing for EPQ workshop Skills Development Interactive workshop
An introduction to Higher Education Higher Education preparation Presentation
Applying through UCAS The application process Presentation
Careers and options events Higher Education preparation Additional activity
EPQ presentation Skills Development Presentation
Finance and budgeting Student finance Interactive workshop
Gifted and Talented HE experience days Curriculum/course support and enhancement On campus event/activity
Higher Education experience days Higher Education preparation On campus event/activity
Interactive library workshops Skills development On campus event/activity
Interview skills Skills development Interactive workshop
Mock interviews Skills development Additional activity
Open Days Higher Education preparation On campus event/activity
Parents information evening Higher Education preparation On campus event/activity
Planning your career the HE route Careers Presentation
Presentation skills Skills development Interactive workshop
Presentation skills for EPQ workshop Skills development Interactive workshop
Student fees and finance Student finance Presentation
Students with disabilities Higher Education preparation Additional activity
Study skills Skills development Interactive workshop
Study skills for EPQ workshop Skills development Interactive workshop
Taster days Subject specific taster On campus event/activity
The Discover Lecture series Curriculum/course support and enhancement Additional activity
The Progression Module Higher Education preparation Additional activity
UCAS Extra and clearing presentation Higher Education preparation Presentation
UCAS personal statements The application process Interactive workshop
University of Huddersfield presentation Higher Education preparation Presentation

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Academic Research for EPQ workshop

Activity typePresentation
Location In school/college
Number of participants Min 15 - max venue capacity
Duration 30min to 60 min
Target audience

Year 12 

 

This session provides an introduction to academic research for the EPQ project. Content includes:

  • What sources of information can EPQ students use?
  • Considerations when carrying out primary research.
  • How to search for sources online.
  • How to analyse secondary sources.
  • Effective note taking.

Students will have the opportunity to complete group activities that will reinforce the practical skills covered in the session. Please note: this workshop can be delivered as a double session alongside “Key Skills for EPQ: Academic Writing”.

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Email: schools.liaison@hud.ac.uk


Academic Writing for EPQ workshop

Activity typeWorkshop
Location In school/college
Number of participants Min 15 - max venue capacity
Duration 30min to 60 min
Target audience

Year 12 

 

This session provides an introduction to academic writing for the EPQ. Content includes:

  • How to structure an academic piece of writing.
  • The importance of forming an argument.
  • How to reference sources.
  • Avoiding plagiarism.

Students will have the opportunity to complete group activities that will reinforce the practical skills covered in the session. 

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Email: schools.liaison@hud.ac.uk


An introduction to Higher Education

Type of activityPresentation
Location School, College or on University Campus
Number of participants Minimum 15 - maximum venue capacity
Duration  30-60 minutes
Target audience  Year 9 - Year 12

This presentation covers all areas relevant to those new to the topic and considering Higher Education. 

Content includes:

  • Reasons for choosing Higher Education
  • How to research courses and institutions
  • Applying through UCAS
  • Student fees and financial support

Students will be able to develop an awareness of the benefits of HE and financial arrangements for students, an understanding of how to make appropriate choices and an understanding of how to apply.

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Email: schools.liaison@hud.ac.uk


Applying through UCAS

Type of activityPresentation
Location In school/college or on campus - possibly part of a visit day
Number of participants Minimum 15 - maximum venue capacity
Duration 30 minutes
Target audience Level 3 - Year 12 and 13/Adults

This presentation explains the process of UCAS applications and what students should include in their applications.

Content includes:

  • UCAS deadlines.
  • Tips for completing the application form and the personal statement.
  • What admissions tutors are looking for from personal statements.
  • Common mistakes students make in applications and what to be aware of

Students will be able to understand the process of applying through UCAS and understand what information Admissions Tutors are looking for. ‌

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Email: schools.liaison@hud.ac.uk


Careers and options events

Type of activityAdditional event/activity
Location School/college 
Number of participants Limited by the capacity of the venue in school/college
Duration Variable
Target audience Year 9 - 13 students and parents

We can attend careers, HE fairs and options events to give impartial advice on applying to Higher Education, supported by information about the range of courses and facilities available at the University of Huddersfield.  ‌

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Email: schools.liaison@hud.ac.uk


Introduction to EPQ Presentation

Activity typePresentation
Location In school/college
Number of participants Min 15 - max venue capacity
Duration 30min to 60 min
Target audience

Year 12 

This presentation provides a comprehensive introduction to the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) to enable participants to consider if EPQ is an appropriate programme for them.

Content includes:

  • What is EPQ and what are the benefits?
  • What do universities and employers think of EPQ?
  • What are the expectations and likely time commitment?
  • How else can Universities help schools and students with EPQ? 

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Email: schools.liaison@hud.ac.uk


Finance and budgeting

Type of activityInteractive workshop
Location In school/college or on campus - possibly part of a visit day
Number of participants Minimum 15 - 40 maximum
Duration 60 minutes
Target audience Level 3/ Year 12 and 13 

This interactive workshop covers all aspects of student finance including the application process, terminology and tips on how students can budget effectively.

Content includes:

  • The finance system including tuition fees, loans and grants.
  • How to apply for finance.
  • How to budget effectively.
  • Other sources of funding and income tuition fees, scholarships, grants and a group budgeting exercise.

Students will be able to understand financial terminology, understand what the costs are and what financial support is available and budget effectively to make the most of their student income

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Email: schools.liaison@hud.ac.uk


Gifted and talented HE experience days

Type of activityOn campus event/activity
Location On campus
Number of participants Minimum 20 - 40 maximum
Duration 2-4 hours (usually 10.00am - 2.00pm)
Target audience Levels 2-3/Year 9-13

During the visit day students will undertake a range of generic and subject related activities, designed to provide additional stretch and challenge. Skills development activities include problem solving, communication and teamwork.

Subject related activity could be in support of a National Curriculum subject where additional depth, stretch and challenge is required or in a non-NC area in order to broaden horizons beyond the school curriculum and into Higher Education. 

Students will be able to develop higher-order thinking skills, develop problem solving, team working and communication skills and improve their self-confidence and belief in their ability. Students will also develop knowledge and understanding of a range of Higher Education courses/subject areas and increase their knowledge and understanding of Higher Education in general. ‌

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Email: schools.liaison@hud.ac.uk


Higher Education Experience Days

Type of activityOn campus event/activity
Location On campus
Number of participants Minimum 20.  Maximum for pre 16 is 40-50.  Maximum for post 16 is 100
Duration 4 hours (usually 10.00am - 2.00pm)
Target audience Pre 16/Post 16/Adult learners

During a visit day students will experience first hand a university environment and meet current students. 

Activities that make up the experience day may include some of the following:

  • Student life student experience panel.
  • Subject taster sessions.
  • Campus tour.
  • Student finance and budgeting exercise.
  • Personal statement sessions.
  • Design a university.

Students will be able to develop knowledge of a range of HE courses/subject areas, gain an awareness of the physical, cultural and educational environment of an HEI.  They will be able to gain an understanding of ‘what it is like’ to be a student and make appropriate decisions about their future - for example what and where to study

Please note that these days are bespoke and can be designed to suit the needs and interests of your cohort (subject to availability). ‌

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Email: schools.liaison@hud.ac.uk


Interactive Library Workshops

Type of activityOn campus event/activity
Location Library
Number of participants 20 maximum
Duration 1 hour (workshop) optional further 90 minutes for self-study
Target audience Level 3/Year 12-13/Adult learners

This workshop sees students working with staff from the university library.  The session includes an introduction to library facilities, guidance on the preparation of an effective search strategy, a discussion of the variety of information sources available (e.g. books/journals/Google) including their strengths and weaknesses.  The session also includes an introduction to the library search engine Summon. 

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Email: schools.liaison@hud.ac.uk


Interview skills

Type of activityInteractive workshop
Location In school/college or on campus - possibly part of a visit day
Number of participants Minimum 15 - 40 maximum
Duration 30 minutes minimum  - 60 minutes maximum
Target audience Level 3/Years 12 and 13/Adult learners

This interactive workshop covers the process of preparing for a Higher Education interview.

Content includes:

  • Research and preparation.
  • Interview conduct.
  • How to provide effective answers and ask questions.

Learners will also prepare practice answers to typical interview questions and pose questions of their own.

Students will be able to examine skills, knowledge and competencies needed for selection interviews.  Students will also look at a range of questions which they might be faced with at interview, preparing and practicing answering interview questions‌


Mock interviews

Type of activityAdditional event/activity
Location School/college 
Number of participants As practical in time available
Duration Maximum of 20 minutes per student
Target audience Level 2-3/Year 10-13/Adult learners

Mock interviews can be conducted to support the application process. Students will be questioned about their course choices, career aspirations and work experience. Constructive feedback on their interview performance will be provided.

Students will be able to effectively prepare for university/career interviews, improve performance during a ‘real life’ interview and to adapt their approaches to interview through critical feedback.

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Email: schools.liaison@hud.ac.uk


Open Days

Type of activityOn campus event/activity
Location On campus
Target audience Levels 3/Year 12-13/Adult learners

Open Days provide the opportunity for students and their parents and teachers to take part in subject area presentations and tours, interactive tasters and labs, campus tours, accommodation tours, presentations on finance, accommodation, UCAS and the University of Huddersfield.

See the Open Day page for more information.‌

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Email: schools.liaison@hud.ac.uk


Planning your career the HE route

Type of activityPresentation
Location School or campus - possibly part of a visit day
Number of participants Minimum 15 - maximum venue capacity
Duration 45-60 minutes
Target audience Level 3 - Year 12 and 13

This presentation reflects on the various routes to employment and the potential career benefits of choosing Higher Education. 

Content of the presentation includes:

  • Graduate labour market trends
  • What employers are looking for (including skills and experience)
  • Mapping a university course to a chosen career path

Students will be able to develop an understanding of the different routes to employment and how to make appropriate course choices, an awareness of the benefits of choosing the HE route, an understanding of the graduate labour market and an awareness of the types of skills graduate employers are looking for. ‌

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Email: schools.liaison@hud.ac.uk


Presentation skills

Type of activityInteractive workshop
Location In school/college or on campus - possibly part of a visit day
Number of participants Minimum 15 - 40 maximum
Duration 2 hours maximum
Target audience Level 3/Years 12 and 13/Adult learners

This workshop covers the key components of a successful presentation including content and delivery styles and different presentation tools. Learners will be given the opportunity to prepare and deliver their own presentation as practice, receiving feedback on their performance. 

Students will be able to understand how to structure a presentation, explore different methods of delivery, evaluate the use of support tools, practice and reflect on their own and others presentations. ‌

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Email: schools.liaison@hud.ac.uk


Presentation Skills for EPQ workshop

Activity typeWorkshop
Location In school/college
Number of participants Min 15 - max venue capacity
Duration 30min to 60 min
Target audience

Year 12 

This session covers the key components of a successful EPQ presentation. Content includes: 

  • Content and delivery styles.
  • Different presentation tools.
  • Methods of delivery.

Learners will be given the opportunity to prepare and deliver their own presentation as practice, receiving feedback on their performance. Students will be able to understand how to structure a presentation, explore different methods of delivery, evaluate the use of support tools, practice and reflect on their own and others presentations. ‌

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Email: schools.liaison@hud.ac.uk


Student fees and finance

Type of activityPresentation
Location In school/college or on campus - possibly part of a visit day
Number of participants Minimum 15 - maximum venue capacity
Duration 30 minutes
Target audience Level 3 - Year 12 and 13/Adults

This presentation covers all aspects of student finance including tuition fees, loans and grants.

Content includes:

  • The finance system.
  • How to apply for finance.
  • How to budget effectively.
  • Other sources of funding and income.

Students will be able to understand financial terminology, understand what the costs are and what financial support is available.‌

Book now

Email: schools.liaison@hud.ac.uk


Students with disabilities

Type of activityAdditional event/activity
Location School/college/on-campus
Number of participants Variable

Support is available for both students with disabilities or young people leaving care.  Please contact the schools and college liaison team who will be happy to provide more details.‌

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Email: schools.liaison@hud.ac.uk


Study skills

Type of activityInteractive workshop
Location In school/college or on campus - possibly part of a visit day
Number of participants Minimum 15 - 40 maximum
Duration 1 hour minimum - 2 hours maximum
Target audience Level 2-3/Year 11-13/Adult learners

The workshop includes:

  • Revision strategies and exam preparation (Year 11).
  • The autonomous learner - effective time management.
  • Research and extended writing skills.

For support for EPQ, see also Interactive Library workshop (post-16).

Students will be able to gain an understanding of what motivates them as individuals, understand that study skills can be developed to improve performance.  Gain an awareness of the range of study skills techniques available and understand how to prepare and make the most of exam situations. ‌

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Email: schools.liaison@hud.ac.uk


Study Skills for EPQ workshop

Activity typeWorkshop
Location In school/college
Number of participants Min 15 - max venue capacity
Duration 30min to 60 min
Target audience

Year 12 

 

As unique learners, this workshop explores 

  • The different factors that motivate learners to succeed. 
  • The importance of time management and organisation and provides practical tips, tools, guidance and advice on how to get more organised as an autonomous learner.

Students will be able to gain an understanding of how study skills can be developed to improve EPQ performance.  Students will also gain an awareness of the range of study skills tools and techniques available to them. 

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Email: schools.liaison@hud.ac.uk


Taster days

Type of activityOn campus event/activity
Location On campus
Number of participants By arrangement
Duration 2-4 hours
Target audience Level 3/Year 12-13/Adult learners

During a Taster day students will experience first hand what it is like to study a given subject at university. They will be given the opportunity to find out about specific courses, undertake a sample lecture and other taster activities. The Taster day may also include a tour of the campus, finding out about student life and meeting current students from a specific subject area.

Students will be able to develop a practical understanding of a HE subject area, develop knowledge of the range of courses available within a subject area, make informed decisions, recognising that choices should be related to career aspirations and personal strengths. 

Find out which days are open for bookings by selecting a subject area that interests you. 

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Email: schools.liaison@hud.ac.uk


The Discover Lecture series

Type of activityAdditional event/activity
Location School/college or as part of a campus visit
Number of participants Venue capacity in school/college
Duration 60 minutes
Target audience Level 3/Year 12-13/Adult learners

The discover lecture programme delivers a wide ranging programme of subject-specific lectures in schools and colleges. Lectures are delivered by academics who teach at the University. Many lectures are complementary to the National Curriculum, whilst others offer insights in to new subject areas. 

Students will be able to enhance their subject knowledge and complement their studies, explore related subject areas and themes, discuss subject related topics, issues and themes with a subject specialist/expert and explore progression to Higher Education.‌

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Email: schools.liaison@hud.ac.uk


The Progression Module

Type of activityAdditional event/activity
Location School/college (delivered by teachers/tutors)
Number of participants Up to full Year 12 cohort (minimum 10 students)
Duration Full academic year (September to July)
Target audience Year 1 of Level 3 programmes or Year 12
Cost £32.50 per student

A comprehensive and structured off-the-shelf HE preparation programme for sixth form and college students.

The module comprises four units:

  • You and Your Career
  • Exploring Your Future
  • Managing Your Money
  • Marketing Yourself

Successful completion of the scheme earns the participant 30 UCAS points that are recognised by the University of Huddersfield, Leeds Beckett University and Leeds Trinity University.

Contact: Sophie Craven

Tel: 01484 473965

Email: sophie.craven@hud.ac.uk‌


UCAS Extra and Clearing Presentation

Activity typePresentation
Location In school/college
Number of participants Min 15 - max venue capacity
Duration 30min to 1 hour
Target audience

Level 3 - Adults, Year 12 and Year 13

This presentation covers all aspects of the UCAS Extra and Clearing process.  Content includes

  • UCAS Extra eligibility
  • Clearing facts
  • What to do if you are in Clearing
  • Clearing from the university point of view

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Email: schools.liaison@hud.ac.uk


UCAS personal statements

Type of activityInteractive workshop
Location In school/college or on campus - possibly part of a visit day
Number of participants Minimum 15 - 40 maximum
Duration 60 minutes
Target audience Level 3 - Year 12 and 13/Adults

This workshop explains the process of UCAS applications. 

Content includes:

  • The importance of personal statements.
  • Examples of what makes a good/bad personal statement.
  • Participants will be given a framework for writing their own statement.

Students will be able to understand the process of applying through UCAS, identify key strengths, skills and experiences to include in a personal statement and produce a suitable personal statement to support course choices and enable them to gain the place they want‌.

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Email: schools.liaison@hud.ac.uk


University of Huddersfield Presentation

 Activity type Presentation
 Location   In school/college or part of a visit day on campus
 Number of participants  Minimum 15 - maximum venue capacity
 Duration  30 minutes to 1 hour
 Target audience  Level 3 - Adults, Year 12 and Year 13

This presentation gives an introduction to The University of Huddersfield.  Content includes

  • Key facts
  • Types of courses
  • Facilities on offer 
  • Career destinations and alumni case studies

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Email: schools.liaison@hud.ac.uk