How we can help
Our experienced team offer a range of free workshops and presentations offering advice, guidance and an insight into higher education to students, in small or whole year-groups, as well as parents and teachers.
Our presentations are tailored to best suit the needs of your students and we aim to deliver interactive sessions where possible. They can be delivered, free of charge, within your school/college throughout the school day or during the evening.
Careers and HE Fairs
In addition to attending many UCAS fairs across the UK, our Schools Outreach team are available to attend career and HE fairs at schools and colleges throughout the year.
Whilst the below sessions are primarily aimed at Years 12 and 13, further information about opportunities for younger age groups can be found on our curriculum support webpages.
Year 11, Year 12 and Year 13
Medicine and Dentistry and renowned for being very competitive courses. With additional tests such as the UKCAT, interviews and work experience to consider, it is important for applicants to be prepared. In addition to discussing the various course styles available at UK universities, this presentation also provides a brief overview of the Cardiff University course content alongside advice and guidance on the admissions process.
Focusing on a range of Healthcare courses (including Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Radiography, Radiotherapy and Operating Department Practice), this presentation highlights the competiveness of such courses and details what students can do to make a strong application. Alongside looking at what the courses involve, the session discusses the selection process, additional NHS funding opportunities available to all those who study in Wales, entry requirements, work experience and personal statement techniques.
Offering a general overview about what university is all about, this session covers all the key topics such as how to research courses, university teaching methods, student life and finance. Please note, this talk provides a broad and brief overview of each topic. We offer many of the subjects, such as Student Life and Student Finance, as separate sessions should you be looking for more in-depth presentations.
Year 12 and Year 13
As Wales’ only Russell Group University, we are proud of our academic and research excellence as well as our international reputation. There are many benefits to studying at one of twenty-four Russell Group universities in the UK. This presentation will explore what these include and reinforce the idea that Russell Group universities are open to able and talented students from all backgrounds.
With over 37,000 courses to choose from at UK universities, students can face a difficult decision when deciding which course and university is right for them. Our talk looks at the benefits of going to university and explores the questions that students should be asking themselves – with a particular focus on the four C’s: course, campus, career and city. We also emphasise the importance of considering the extras at universities such as sports clubs, societies, study abroad plus the many more opportunities available.
Taking part in interviews can seem like a daunting experience for many students. However, our Interview Techniques presentation discusses the different types of interviews, preparation advice and common errors to avoid. We hope to be able to provide students with the confidence to approach interviews with a positive attitude to perform to their best ability at interview.
Taking into account recent and ongoing student finance developments, our interactive Student Finance presentation can be tailored for both English and Welsh audiences to ensure students and parents receive the most up-to-date advice and guidance relevant to where they live. After touching upon the student loans system, we will also discuss important student finance topics such as budgeting, part-time work opportunities and ways to save money whilst studying.
Our Student Life session discusses student expectations vs. reality and provides pupils with an insight into what they can expect at university. It covers a range of topics from arriving at university and studying to lifestyle and budgeting. It also provides tips on how to make the most of student life.
We offer two different Study Skills talks. The first focusses on the different types of learner and the revision techniques that may work best for them. The second, on the other hand, is more focused on the range of study skills developed at university and what teaching methods to expect when studying for a degree.
Throughout this session, we will breakdown the application process, UCAS deadlines, how to apply, the types of offers made and how to respond. We briefly touch upon key considerations when choosing a university but will spend the majority of the time discussing the application form itself, common errors and offer advice on how to write a good personal statement.
There are many opportunities for our bilingual students to use the Welsh language both at the University itself and across the city. Our Welsh in the Capital presentation will focus on the academic and social opportunities to use the Welsh language whilst studying and living in Cardiff.
With over 35,000 students applying to us each year, Cardiff University is in the top 10 of the most popular universities for application numbers and with good reason! From our thriving capital city location to our academic and research excellence, Cardiff University has much to offer. This session will discuss what students can expect both of the University itself and the city. It covers a number of topics ranging from our academic excellence and university facilities to global opportunities and capital city location.
Cardiff University actively supports students during the transition from school/college to university with several new and existing resources and initiatives established to help students settle into university life. Our new Residence Life team are now in place to support students in their accommodation and more students will be allocated a trained, student mentor within their academic school through the expansion of our student mentor scheme. This talk encompasses all of these exciting developments and provides advice and guidance to those looking ahead to the next step.
Parents of Year 12 and Year 13
Detailing the latest UCAS information from on national application trends, our Parent’s Guide to Higher Education presentation offers a general overview of Higher Education and discusses key issues ranging from application deadlines and personal statement advice to student finance and student support options. We aim to provide parents and guardians with the knowledge and confidence to support their son or daughter throughout the transition into Higher Education.
This service is free of charge but early booking is advisable to ensure availability on your chosen date.