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Year 12 and 13 conferences and taster days

Each year we run a series of conferences and subject-specific taster days for Year 12 and 13 students and their teachers. The conferences aim to educate, stimulate thought and inspire the young people in attendance. Attendees select from a range of taster lectures or practical sessions run by University lecturers.

Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries

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Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Discover Languages Taster Day

Wednesday 26th June

The day is for Year 12 Modern Foreign Language students. They will be able to fully immerse themselves in languages and see languages in action. They will discover the benefits of studying abroad with a series workshops delivered by our final-year students, fresh from their year abroad placements. They will be able to experience learning two new languages as a beginner; Mandarin Chinese and British Sign Language (tbc). In addition, they will use our facilities to take part in translation and interpreting sessions in our professional Interpreter Training Suite and Digital Language Labs. The day will also have an employability theme and in each of the sessions students will be able to consider future language careers and where studying a degree in languages might lead them, including finding out more about the undergraduate Initial Teacher Training pathway in languages.

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Faculty of Business and Law 

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Faculty of Science

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Faculty of Technology

Various Technology Taster Days

Below are taster sessions we offer as either a half or full day. These sessions take place at the University however we're also able to bring a number of these to your school or college. These will typically last 1.5 to 2 hours.

These sessions are very flexible. We're happy to work with teachers, adapting the sessions to match specific areas in your Schemes of Work or curricula.

Please contact for more information.


  • Computer Networks
  • Computing/Computer Science
  • Cyber Security and Forensic Computing
  • Data Science and Analytics (Can be linked to A-level Maths and Business)
  • Software Engineering


  • Building Information Systems
  • Civil Engineering (Can be linked to A-level Maths and Physics)
  • Electronic Engineering (Can be linked to A-level Maths and Physics)
  • Innovation Engineering (Can be linked to A-level Maths and Physics)
  • Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (Can be linked to A-level Maths and Physics)
  • Petroleum Engineering (Can be linked to A-level Geology, Maths and Physics)
  • Product Design and Innovation
  • Quantity Surveying and Property Development


  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics with Statistics

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Events for teachers and advisers

Throughout the year we run a number of events specifically for teachers and advisers.

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UoP Library access for Extended Project students

An opportunity for students studying for the Extended Project to visit the University of Portsmouth library, develop their research skills and access our resources to enhance their projects. The day will also include a session looking at critical and analytical thinking and time in the library to study. If requested, we can also include a ‘taster lecture’ from a specific subject to illustrate university style learning.

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Open Day bursaries for schools and colleges

The University of Portsmouth offer a limited number of transport bursaries for schools and colleges wishing to bring students to our Open Days.

The bursaries of a fixed amount of £200 per institution are subject to the visiting group bringing 15 or more pupils.

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Parents' Higher Education evening

The Higher Education Evening is aimed at local parents of students who will be applying to university for 2019 entry. The event will consist of:

‘Applying to Higher Education talk’ which will explain the UCAS application process, point out the important deadlines and advise on how to best support a young person at the time of applying to university.

‘Student Finance talk and Q&A’ which will consider the costs of studying and explain the types of support available, there will be an opportunity to ask questions on Student Finance.

‘Q&A session with parents of current students’ will give you the opportunity to ask any further questions about the experiences of parents whose children have gone through the application process already.

You can also speak to our staff who represent various areas of university such as Degree Apprenticeships, Student Finance, Support and Housing.

This event is open to all parents of students considering applying to Higher Education next year, regardless of whether University of Portsmouth is one of their current choices. You are welcome to bring your children to the event.

Tea, coffee and light refreshments will be provided. Free parking is available onsite.

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