Subject-specific taster days

Our free subject-specific taster days allow sixth form and college students to get to grips with a subject at undergraduate level.

Applications for 2019 taster days are now open: 

  • Applications for March and April taster days will close on 17 February 2019.
  • Applications for June and July taster days will close on 9 June 2019.

Taster Days 2019

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Year 12 taster days 

On a taster day, you'll experience the excellent teaching and facilities available at the University of Surrey whilst exploring your chosen subject further. As well as academic sessions, there will be plenty of opportunities to engage with our friendly student ambassadors and academic staff to find out what studying here is really like. 

    Upcoming events

    March and April taster days

    How are digital technologies fundamentally changing the world of business? Are you ready for a disrupted world? What is an idea? Are entrepreneurs born or made? 

    You’ll explore these key themes and more on our business taster day. While you’re with us you’ll attend academic sessions with academics from our Surrey Business School, learn more about the courses we offer, take a tour of our campus with student ambassadors, and get the low down on studying business at the University of Surrey in a Q&A session.

    No prior knowledge of business is required. 

    Apply now

    Bienvenue à Surrey! ¡Bienvenidos a Surrey! Join us to learn more about languages at undergraduate level on our Languages taster day. In sessions led by academics from our School of Literature and Languages at the University of Surrey, you’ll experience how we teach language and culture in your choice of either French or Spanish. You’ll explore the process of translation and gain an insight into aspects of the translation profession.

    The year abroad is an integral part of our languages degrees. In a session led by our student ambassadors, you’ll discover how the placement year works as they share their first-hand experiences with you.

    As well as finding about more about studying French or Spanish at university, you’ll also get the lowdown on our campus on a tour delivered by current students. The day will culminate in a Q&A session where you’ll have a final opportunity to get your questions on studying languages at university, Surrey and student life answered. 

    Students should be studying French or Spanish at A-level or equivalent. 

    Apply now

     

    Our psychology taster day will allow students to explore academic and social life on campus.

    The day will include subject-specific mini-lectures and a workshop where students will be able to research and discuss a topic relevant to psychology to explore what it is like to study the subject at undergraduate level. These sessions will give students an introduction to our Psychology BSc (Hons) programme. There will also be opportunities to meet current university students, ask questions, tour the campus, and find out more about student life.

    The day will finish with a Q&A session with our staff and student ambassadors where you’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions you have about psychology, studying at Surrey or student life. 
     

    No prior knowledge of psychology is required.

     

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    Every maths student learns how to solve a quadratic equation, but what about a cubic, or quartic, or even quintic? What are differential equations and why are they so crucial? Students on this taster day will tackle these important topics within pure and applied mathematics.

    Academics from the Department of Mathematics will introduce you to studying Maths at Surrey and you’ll explore the subject further with a sequence of structured tasks with guidance from research students. You will explore techniques and results used in solving higher-order polynomials, including examples of problems with no possible solutions. You will also be introduced to the equations that define everything in nature, forming a basis for whole new areas of applied mathematics.

    By the end of the day, you will leave with a clearer idea of what a maths degree entails, what we offer at Surrey and how professional mathematicians think and work. As well as academic sessions, you’ll also be taken on a guided tour of the campus with our friendly student ambassadors, and have the opportunity to chat to current students and staff to find out more about what university life is really like.  

    Applicants should be taking maths at A-level (or equivalent). 

    Apply now

    On our law taster day, you'll get an insight into what studying law at university is like - and what we offer at the University of Surrey. 

    Alongside academic sessions and a tour of our campus, you'll have plenty of opportunities to engage with our friendly student ambassadors to find out what studying here is really like. 

    No prior knowledge of law is required and more information on this taster day will be released soon. 

    Apply now 

    This taster day will give you an insight into the University of Surrey’s diverse Music programme. The course is characterised by an emphasis on music of the recent past and present in all its diversity, from classical chamber and orchestral music through pop, rock and jazz to improvisation and multi-media performance. Our programme runs in three- and four-year formats, the latter including a placement year. During the day there will be an opportunity to hear from placement students about the benefits this can bring.

    The day will consist of mini-lectures of around 30 minutes from Music staff and PhD students. We will give you a flavour of what and how you will study and introduce you to some of the cutting edge musical research being undertaken at Surrey. You will hear a lunchtime concert and get to mingle with staff and students over lunch.

    We hope the day will enable you to learn more about music, about life at university and about what Surrey can offer you as an aspiring music professional.    

    Students should have an interest in music and be working towards one of the following:

    - A-level Music

    - BTEC Music

    - Grade 8 ABRSM Music Theory

    If you can't see your relevant qualification/experience listed above, please contact us at tasters@surrey.ac.uk

     

    Apply now

    No prior knowledge of criminology is required. 

    More information on this taster day will be available later in the year. 

    Apply now

    Interested in the way poetry and fiction works, and how literature can help us understand our past and our present?

    This taster day aims to give you an excellent insight into studying English literature at degree level. You’ll explore the writing process with our Poet in Residence, and take a closer look at literary explorations of love.

    You’ll have plenty of opportunities to chat to our student ambassadors throughout the day to find out what studying English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Surrey is really like.

    Applicants should be taking English language or literature at A-Level (or equivalent) and full details of entry requirements can be found on our website.

    Apply now

    Ever wondered what studying physics at University would be like?

    Our physics taster day is designed to give you a taste of what studying physics at the University of Surrey is like.

    There is no degree as varied and wide ranging as a physics degree, and you’ll get a feel for what we offer at Surrey by taking part in a number of activities.

    This will include a lecture from one of our academics and a practical in our undergraduate labs.

    Additionally, there will be information about studying physics at university, lunch and a campus tour. You’ll even get the chance to visit our telescope on campus. 

    Applicants should be taking both maths and physics at A-Level (or equivalent). 

    Apply now

    From more efficient detergents and faster computers, to more cost-effective drugs and more efficient road and air travel. Chemical engineers make a tangible difference across a diverse range of industries.

    On a Chemical Engineering taster day, you will explore this further within our excellent facilities, including our new Fluor pilot plant. This operational chemical process plant demonstrates all of the main functions of an industrial plant and gives students access to the state-of-the-art equipment used in industry.

    The day will give you further insight into studying a Chemical Engineering degree as well as an understanding of the industry in general.

    As well as participating in academic activities, you’ll get to know our friendly student ambassadors who will take you on a tour of the University of Surrey campus and answer your questions on chemical engineering, studying at Surrey and student life.

    Students should be studying both chemistry and maths at A-level or equivalent.  

    Apply now

     

    This taster day will provide an insight into our Digital Media Arts course. The course covers a diverse range of fields including film, television, video games, performance, photography, compositing and digital effects. DMA is the ideal choice for people exploring a career in the creative sector.  

    To get a better idea of some of the fantastic work our DMA students produce, take a look at their specialist website

    You'll take part in academic sessions in our labs, take a tour of our campus and will have plenty of opportunities to chat to our friendly student ambassadors about what studying here is really like. 

    We welcome applicants studying any combination of subjects at A-level (or equivalent). However we do favour candidates who have a demonstrable interest in the creative arts and/or some experience of contemporary media production techniques.

    Apply now

    Our computing taster day allows students to experience academic and social life on campus. It includes a subject-specific lecture, discussions and a practical workshop on cryptography. As well as learning more about the subject, it also gives the opportunity for students to meet current university students, ask questions and find out more about student life at Surrey.

    Cryptography comes from the roots ‘crypto’ and ‘graphy’ which translates to ‘secret writing’. For this to be achieved, we use ciphers that allow us to encrypt the plain text into something unreadable to other people. In this taster session, we’ll introduce the concepts of cryptography and encryption and implement some of the most common ciphers using programming.

    Our taster day also offers an introduction to our BSc (Hons) Computer Science and BSc Computing and Information Technology programmes which in turn provide you with the foundation knowledge and industry experience you need to develop mobile applications, drive web development, learn about advances in cybersecurity and develop business solutions. We are proud to have our courses ranked in the top 10 for Computer Sciences in the Guardian University Guide 2019.

    Applicants for this taster day should be studying maths, physics or computing at A-Level (or equivalent). Any experience with Python programming (or other programming languages) would also be beneficial.

    Apply now

    June and July taster days

    From more efficient detergents and faster computers, to more cost-effective drugs and more efficient road and air travel. Chemical engineers make a tangible difference across a diverse range of industries.

    On a Chemical Engineering taster day, you will explore this further within our excellent facilities, including our new Fluor pilot plant. This operational chemical process plant demonstrates all of the main functions of an industrial plant and gives students access to the state-of-the-art equipment used in industry.

    The day will give you further insight into studying a Chemical Engineering degree as well as an understanding of the industry in general.

    As well as participating in academic activities, you’ll get to know our friendly student ambassadors who will take you on a tour of the University of Surrey campus and answer your questions on chemical engineering, studying at Surrey and student life.

    Students should be studying both chemistry and maths at A-level or equivalent.  

    Apply now

     

    Our psychology taster day will allow students to explore academic and social life on campus.

    The day will include subject-specific mini-lectures and a workshop where students will be able to research and discuss a topic relevant to psychology to explore what it is like to study the subject at undergraduate level. These sessions will give students an introduction to our Psychology BSc (Hons) programme. There will also be opportunities to meet current university students, ask questions, tour the campus, and find out more about student life.

    The day will finish with a Q&A session with our staff and student ambassadors where you’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions you have about psychology, studying at Surrey or student life. 
     

    No prior knowledge of psychology is required.

    Apply now

    No prior knowledge of criminology is required. 

    More information on this taster day will be available later in the year. 

    Apply now

    Please note that taster days and dates are subject to change. Applications for individual taster days may close earlier than the stated deadline depending on demand

    Entry requirements

    We accept: 

    • A-Levels

    You should be working between BBC - ABB level and may be required to be taking a particular subject at A-level.

    • International Baccalaureate

    If you are studying IB, you should be working at around an overall score of 32 and may be required to be taking a particular subject. 

    • BTEC 

    We can accept BTEC qualifications. Depending on the course, these may need to be studied alongside a combination of A-Levels. 

    If you have any questions about your qualifications and whether they meet taster day requirements, or if you are studying alternative qualifications please don't hesitate to contact us

     

    Travel bursaries

    Travel bursaries may be available for eligible students. All applications will be assessed against our eligibility criteria.

    taster day student

    "Incredibly friendly staff and ambassadors. Thank you all for such an enjoyable and inspiring day!"

    Languages Taster Day Student, 2018
    Group of students at taster day

    "Very much enjoyed the day and found it incredibly insightful. The day has engaged me to think more seriously about applying to Surrey."

    Economics Taster Day Student, 2018

    Why attend a taster day?

    • Get a feel for what university life is like - take part in a taster lecture, learn about societies and social life and explore our beautiful campus
    • Take a subject further  - engage with new topics at undergraduate level
    • Try something new – some subjects offered at university aren’t available at school or college. Take the opportunity to try something different. You might just find your new favourite subject!
    • Hear it first-hand ­– chat with current students and academics
    • They’re great for your UCAS personal statement if it’s relevant to the course you’re applying for, you can refer to something you’ve learned on a taster day
    • You’ll have fun - you'll meet like-minded people, discover somewhere new and gain a new sense of independence
    • Find out more about life after university – get an insight into career pathways, graduate opportunities and find out where Surrey graduates end up

     

    Take a look at our blog about taster days at unitasterdays.com

    Frequently asked questions

    Not always, but on some of our taster days you may be required to be studying a particular subject(s) at A –level or equivalent. Please make sure you check the taster day description carefully before applying. 

    To allow you to get the most from the experience, you'll need to be available for the whole day. Please check your availability before completing an application.

    There is no dress code – we encourage you to wear what you are comfortable in. If you have a session in a lab, you may need to wear long sleeves and closed-toed shoes but we will let you know this in advance.

    Due to the targeted nature of the programme, it is not possible to bring your friend along with you. Each attending student needs to have completed an application form and been formally offered a place on the taster day by University of Surrey staff. 

    Places are offered on an individual basis, so you’ll need to submit an application. Once we’ve received your application we will assess it and get back to you with a decision shortly after the deadline.

    You may need to take a day off school/college to attend a taster day. Usually, sixth form and college students have up to five days that they are able to take off to attend things like taster days, residential programmes and open days. Your teacher will be able to tell you the policy at your school. We are happy to confirm your attendance with your teacher after the taster day – they’ll just need to email us at tasters@surrey.ac.uk.

    Financial support for travel may be available if you meet Widening Participation criteria. We’ll assess whether you are eligible for financial support when we look at your application and will let you know if we can pay for your travel if we offer you a place the taster day.

    Lunch is provided on every taster day and we endeavour to cater for students with a variety of dietary requirements. We will ask you for more information about any specific requirements you have prior to the taster day.

    If you’ve been offered a place but can no longer come, you’ll need to let us know as soon as you can by emailing us at tasters@surrey.ac.uk. It is essential that we know if you're not able to attend so that we can offer your place to another student.

    We make every effort to ensure that reasonable adjustments are made, and are used to planning for students with specific medical, dietary and accessibility requirements. We encourage students to fully disclose their requirements if they are offered a place on the taster day so that we are able to do all we can to ensure they have the best day possible with us.

    Unfortunately we are unable to accept school groups on these events. Taster days are suitable for individuals, and are application only. There are lots of other ways for your school to engage with the University of Surrey, including booking a presentation or workshop or attending a campus visit

    If you have a question that we haven't covered, please feel free to call us on 01483 688 924 or email us at tasters@surrey.ac.uk. We are happy to help!

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