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Pre-16 programmes

We offer a number of carefully designed programmes to support students in Key Stage three and four.

We can tailor our programmes to suit the needs of your learners. Contact our teams to discuss any specific requirements you may have.

A collaborative project with Cardiff Metropolitan University, the Higher Education Roadshow offers a variety of inspiring talks and workshops to students in years 9-11, primarily in schools throughout Wales.

The project primarily targets areas where there are low progression rates to higher education and focuses on helping students to reach their potential, as well as demystifying the university experience through overcoming common misconceptions. The project:

  • delivers over 170 talks each year
  • reaches over 20,000 pupils
  • delivers regional weeks in North, Mid and West Wales and Cornwall.

Our most popular talks include:

  • what is Higher Education?
  • making the right choices for sixth form / college
  • preparing for GCSEs
  • study skills and revision
  • student life in Cardiff.

Contact us

Please email Sera Richards to find out more about the Higher Education Roadshow.

Uni Inspiration Days aim to encourage and inspire students to think about their future, whilst also highlighting the importance of working hard for their GCSEs.

The events provide students with the opportunity to:

  • visit a university campus
  • participate in interactive workshops
  • attend an exhibition, showcasing subjects available at local universities
  • meet current university students
  • learn more about university entry requirements and routes into university.

Contact us

Please email Widening Participation team to find out more about our Uni Inspiration Days.

We understand the importance of inspiring and encouraging students to work hard in school. We have developed a campus visit programme for Key Stage 3 and 4 students.

Typically, campus tours are led by student ambassadors (current students at Cardiff University) and include:

  • tour of the campus and facilities
  • a talk (we have a selection of sessions to choose from)
  • question and answer session

Campus visits can be tailored to suit the needs of your students.

Contact us

Please email the Widening Participation team to find out more about campus visits.

The Brilliant Club is an award-winning university access charity that works with schools and universities across the UK.

We work in partnership with the Brilliant Club to deliver the Scholars Programme. The Programme recruits, trains and places doctoral and postdoctoral researchers in schools to deliver programmes of university-style tutorials, which are supplemented by two university trips.

Find out how to get involved with The Scholars Programme.

Contact us

Please email the Widening Participation team to find out more about The Scholars Programme (Brilliant Club).

Cardiff University is a member of First Campus, a HEFCW funded Reaching Wider project in South East Wales. The collaborative project aims to engage young people aged 10 to 16 years, and adults 21 and over with no Higher Education qualifications, from the bottom two quintiles of the Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation.

We also work with looked after children, care leavers and carers to help reduce the barriers to education faced by these groups.

Further information and a list of programmes and activities can be found on the First Campus website.

Contact us

To find out more please speak to the First Campus team:

Get in touch

For general enquiries about our pre-16 programmes please contact us.

Widening participation and outreach team