Youngsters from diverse backgrounds are being given the chance to get a taste of Higher Education.
The University of Bath’s new Widening Participation Office is hosting free three-day workshops to help potential students make choices about their future.
They are specifically aimed at students from a range of diverse backgrounds, aged 16-19.
The workshops are being run throughout June and July and are focussed around sport, TV production, engineering and robotics and gaming.
They were formerly run by the Division for Lifelong Learning and provide a taste of Higher Education and link to the University’s Foundation Degrees which are delivered by local partner colleges and organisations.
Gemma Palmer, Outreach Officer, said: “The emphasis is on having fun whilst learning. Attendees get to meet and work with actual tutors and interact with current Higher Education students.
“At most of our Foundation degree workshops participants spend two days at one of our FE College partners and the last day at the University of Bath.
“They can then use all of this experience to help them make the correct decision both in terms of the course and type of institution they want to study.
“Priority is given to students who meet certain entry criteria however we try and help all students who apply where possible. I certainly wish these taster workshops had been around when I made my decision!”
Maya Phillips, aged 16, a pupil at the John of Gaunt School in Trowbridge who attended the TV production workshop, said: “I’ve always been interested in TV and film so when the school told me about the TV production workshop I was keen to attend.
“I found the workshop interesting especially as I got some practical work experience with specialist equipment. I really enjoyed it as it gave me a great insight into what Higher Education study would be like in this subject.
“This workshop has helped me to make some decisions about my future direction. I would certainly recommend it to anyone who is either not quite sure about the course they want to study or whether they should go on to higher education at all.”
For full details of the up and coming HE workshops taking place this June and July please visit the website.