Published: 04 February 2019

Introducing subject-specific University taster days

Choosing the right undergraduate course can be daunting, so it's really important to thoroughly explore your options. To help you out, here’s our guide to University taster days – just one way you can come and get a feel for Surrey and your subject.

Students enjoying one of Surrey's many social spaces

With so much choice available to prospective undergraduate students, it can be incredibly difficult to choose a university course. And while online research can help you gather a lot of very useful information, another great way to get a feel for a course is to attend a taster day.

Joining a taster day at the University of Surrey will give you a flavour of what university life is like, as well as what our courses can offer you as a prospective student. We have a whole range of free taster days you can apply for online, catering for a variety of subjects from midwifery to chemical engineering to criminology.

Alongside open days and applicant days, these tasters are an excellent way for you to gain insight into your chosen subject, the University and student life.

Here are just a few ways that attending a taster day could be beneficial for you:


You’ll get a feel for what university life is like

If you’re considering studying at Surrey, attending one of our taster days will give you an opportunity to see if you can imagine yourself here. It will also help you judge where the University is in relation to home and get an idea of whether our campus-style setup is suited to you. On your taster day, you’ll get a better understanding of what studying your chosen subject would be like, as well as experience different university teaching styles, including lectures, workshops or seminars.

Our student ambassadors will also be on hand to offer a first-hand perspective of studying at Surrey. They’re current students at the University and you’ll have opportunities to chat with them throughout the day’s activities, including during your campus tour. Many of our students have said it’s really useful to be able to talk with current students, as well as staff and academics.


You’ll find out more about your chosen subject

There’s a huge range of subjects available to study at university level, so picking the course that’s right for you is really important. On a taster day at Surrey, you can further explore a subject you’re already familiar with, or you can even choose to try something completely new. This can be really useful in helping you to decide between two subject areas.

If you choose to join a taster day for a subject you’re already studying, you’ll gain a real insight into the ‘step up’ at university and the ways our courses tackle new topics. Attending a taster day in a new subject, however, is a fantastic chance to expand your awareness of that area and find out more about your study options. Whichever subject you choose, our taster days are all designed to help you learn more about where your course could take you and potential career pathways you could follow with it – some of which may surprise you!


It’s a chance to add to your UCAS personal statement

Taking part in super-curricular activities like taster days shows a wider subject interest and intellectual curiosity – and in your application, universities are keen to see what you’ve done to take your chosen subject further. With the opportunity to attend mock lectures and speak to staff, one of our taster days may just present you with an extra piece of information that could be a valuable addition to your personal statement, helping you show exactly why you’re so interested in your chosen subject.


It’s a personal development opportunity

Taster days at Surrey are primarily open to applications from individuals, rather than school group bookings. This means that the majority of attendees on your taster day will not know each other – this is a great way for you to meet like-minded people and also reflects what university is like. Alongside meeting new people, you’ll likely travel to the University independently and get to explore our bustling hometown of Guildford.


Find out more about how to apply for a taster day


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