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Schools and colleges outreach visits

Our experienced team typically make over 300 school visits every year to provide advice, guidance and an insight into higher education to students, in small or whole year-groups, as well as parents and teachers.

Careers and Higher Education Fairs

Higher Education Fairs
We attend HE fairs and deliver a range of information sessions to support year 12 and year 13 students throughout the transition into higher education.

In addition to attending UCAS and WhatUni fairs across the UK, our Schools and Colleges Liaison team are available to attend career and HE fairs at schools and colleges throughout the year.

We will provide your students with up-to-date information as well as answering any questions they may have about Cardiff University or, more generally, Higher Education.

Workshops and presentations

Delivered in Welsh or English, our presentations are tailored to best suit the needs of your students and can be delivered, free of charge, within your school/college throughout the school day or during the evening.

We provide impartial advice on a range of Higher Education topics and aim to deliver interactive sessions where possible.

Use our online booking form, email us at schools@cardiff.ac.uk or phone 029 2087 9084 to secure your chosen date.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 update

In the short term, the majority of our activities will be offered on a virtual basis but if you are planning any physical talks or fairs, please get in touch as we will consider them in light of the COVID situation at the time of the event and hope to attend where possible.

We can:

  • Attend virtual careers and HE Fairs including school/college based ones as well as larger online events organised by UCAS, WhatUni and UK University Search.
  • Deliver live presentations on a range of topics as detailed below. These are available for students and parents and will be delivered on Microsoft Teams or Zoom in PowerPoint form or as a more interactive session
  • Send generic or bespoke pre-recorded PowerPoint presentations
  • Take part in live Q&A sessions with your students
  • Send virtual or physical copies of our handy resources such as our prospectus, personal statement planner or parents’ guide
  • Host virtual open days to offer your students an opportunity to find out more about their chosen course, our accommodation options, sport facilities, student life and more!

Presentation topics

Choosing your course and University

With over 50,000 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.

Applying for healthcare courses - the alternatives to Medicine

Healthcare subjects (including Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Radiography, Radiotherapy and Operating Department Practice) can often be competitive courses.

To help students make a strong and informed application, our session will touch upon, course features, the selection process, entry requirements (including work experience and personal statement tips) as well as NHS funding opportunities to those who study in Wales.

Introduction to higher education

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.

University interviews – what to expect

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.

Applying to Medicine and Dentistry

Medicine and Dentistry and renowned for being very competitive courses. With additional tests such as the UCAT, 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.

Applying to Russell Group universities

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.

Student finance explained

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.

Student life

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.

Study skills

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.

How to apply: the UCAS application and personal statement

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.

Welsh in the capital

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.

Why study at Cardiff University?

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.

Topics for parents (Year 12 and 13)

A Parent's Guide to Higher Education

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 child throughout the transition into Higher Education.

[The] ability to express information was brilliant for students who have never been through the UCAS process before, in a clear and all-inclusive way.

Head of Sixth Form feedback

Booking

This service is free of charge but early booking is advisable to ensure availability on your chosen date.

Use our online booking system or email us now at schools@cardiff.ac.uk.