Sixth form and further education
We can provide tours, workshops and resources to sixth form and further education students and their teachers.
Group tours and workshops
We welcome sixth form and further education students aged 16 years and older, accompanied by their teacher, for pre-booked group tours and workshops.
Our preferred time of year is during the University’s summer recess from mid-June to mid-September but visits and workshops can usually be accommodated at other times of the year. We are unable to offer visits or workshops during University revision and exam periods in January and from Easter to mid-June.
As a teacher, you can book a group tour or a workshop using our Online Booking form.
Find out more from our Visiting Cardiff University libraries: information for teachers guide.
Group library tours
Our tours introduce students to the library environment and can be tailored to help students get started with using our collections to complete a research task.
If you would like to arrange a group tour, please contact us two weeks ahead of when you would like to visit to discuss your requirements. We can advise on which library would be best for you to visit and agree a suitable date.
Please view our Visiting Cardiff University libraries: information for teachers guide before you visit.
Student group workshops
The Library offers interactive workshops in person or online to develop your students’ ability to find and use academic sources of information.
Workshops can be tailored to your requirements and to match your learning outcomes. Topics can include:
- identifying appropriate information sources for a research task
- searching for academic information
- critically evaluating the quality of sources and their content
- investigating ‘fake news’ and media bias
- keeping track of the information you find
- avoiding plagiarism
- referencing according to the Harvard, APA, MHRA or Vancouver style.
Teacher group workshops
The Library also offers interactive online workshops for teachers. The introductory session is Blended learning for sixth form and further education: supporting transitional skills for university and employment. It includes good practice examples and strategies centred around the Library Service student workshops and Teacher Toolkit.
Teacher Toolkit: finding and referencing quality information
The links contained in this teacher toolkit lead to a variety of printable and online learning materials. They are designed to be used within the school classroom or to aid in independent online learning. All learning materials are thematically grouped and aligned to the following Learning Objectives:
- strengths and weaknesses of information sources
- how and where to find resources
- choosing resources (critical evaluation)
- using resources responsibly (citing, referencing and avoiding plagiarism).
Directory of Open Access Journals - This community-curated directory provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.
Directory of Open Access Books - This community-curated directory provides access to scholarly, peer-reviewed open access books and helps users to find trusted open access book publishers.
Access to Research - Free, walk-in access to over 15 million academic articles, available from any participating public library in the UK. Access many of the world’s best academic papers and use the database to find a library near you where you can view the full text.