Focus of event
- Support your students as they make their post-GCSE choices.
- Connect the process of choosing Level 3 with their aspirations for future study and careers.
- Provide a broader context to why they want to study post-16 and what they can achieve.
How it will aid progression
- Giving students the opportunity to hear from and speak to student ambassadors at this point in their education, can be aspirational and informative.
- It gives them the chance to ask current university students about what they studied for A Level and how it relates to what they study now.
- If you invite an academic to speak with students, they can provide useful information about the importance of aligning their subject choices to what they are interested in studying later on for Level 4.
Delivery suggestions and advice
- Always give the university as much time as possible to plan. It’s likely they’ll be planning their whole year’s programme during the latter half of the summer holidays.
- This activity can be run either in school / college or on a campus.
- It’s important that you keep the activities relevant to the choices the students are in the middle of making, so make sure you explain this to the outreach team at the university.
- Be ready to give key information about your students, including information about whether they are widening participation students (for example, first generation in their family to apply to university, in receipt of free school meals, young carers, SEN, looked after children, holds refugee status).