Subject-specific taster days

Applications to our Year 12 Virtual Taster Days are now closed

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

Applications for next years taster Days will open in January.

Year 12 Virtual Taster Days

During these interactive information filled events you'll explore a subject you're interested to see what it might be like to study at University and where it could lead you.

You’ll have the opportunity to hear from some of our prominent University of Surrey academics – experts in their field who currently teach and conduct leading research at Surrey. They’ll introduce you to the subject through an interactive taster session, offering you an insight into what it’s like to study at university level.

You’ll also hear from our inspirational Student Ambassadors – Surrey students currently studying the subject you’re interested in. They’ll talk about the big topics surrounding the subject and what it's really like to study at University, providing their unique perspectives.

Throughout the day, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and find out more from our academics, Student Ambassadors and staff.

Virtual Taster Day Programme

This year we are running Year 12 Virtual Taster Days in the following subjects.

Some dates and times are still to be confirmed however, you can still apply to the subject and we will send you the information once its finalised.

  • English & Creative Writing | 8 April | 13.00 - 15.30
  • Sociology | 9 April | 10.00 - 12.30
  • Economics | 12 April | 10.00 - 12.30
  • Hospitality & Tourism Management | 12 April | 13.00 - 15.30
  • Psychology | 13 April | 10.00 - 12.30
  • Law | 13 April | 10.00 - 12.30
  • Business | 15 April | 10.00 - 12.30
  • Politics | 16 April | 10.00 - 12.30
  • Maths | 15 April | 10.00 - 12.30
  • National Vet Taster | 12 May | 16.30 - 18.30 | Apply here
  • Physics | 1 June | 10.00 - 12.30
  • Computer Science | 2 June | 13.00 - 15.30
  • Chemistry | 3 June | 13.00 - 15.30
  • Chemical Process Engineering | 4 June | 10.00 - 12.30
  • Biosciences | Date and Time tbc


    The Virtual Taster Days are open to Year 12 Students. Priority places will be given to student who meet the below criteria.

    • Students from Low Participation Neighbourhoods (defined as POLAR4 Quintiles 1 and 2 by OfS*)
    • Students from an area of high deprivation (Index of Multiple Deprivation, IMD, Quintiles 1 and 2**)
    • Students eligible for Free School Meals in last six years or 16 – 19 bursary.
    • Care experienced young people and those in local authority care
    • From families where parents/carers are in non-professional households (NS-SEC groups 4-8)
    • Students classified as having a disability
    • Young carers (currently looking after a relative with a disability, illness or mental health condition)
    • Forced Migrants (Refugees and asylum seekers)
    • Students estranged from their families (no, limited or negative contact with either parent)
    • Students who have a parent/carer who has served in the armed forces or reserves
    • Students from BME backgrounds
    • Students from Gypsy, Roma, Traveller, Boater or Showperson communities
    • Mature Learners (students who will be over 21 when they start university)

    The Taster Days are free. You will be provided with everything you need for the day. The University of Surrey is also able to provide technology and connectivity support for eligible students to ensure you are able to fully access and engage with the timetable.

    The University of Surrey is now working in collaboration with 6 other Vet Schools in the UK (Bristol, Cambridge, Liverpool, Nottingham, RVC and Edinburgh) to deliver a National Veterinary Medicine Taster event so you can get information from a number of different institutions all in one place!

    This virtual event will help you to make an informed decision about which Vet School might be right for you. You'll be able to speak with Student Ambassadors from each of the different universities and hear from them about student life and their respective veterinary medicine courses.

    As this is a collaboration across 7 different universities, the sign up form is not our usual University of Surrey Taster Day form. Please visit the My Vet Future Website here where you will find the application form to apply and also lots of other resources you may find helpful when preparing to enter the field of Veterinary Medicine.

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    What our students said

    My questions were answered well, and I got a great understanding of what the course is like.

    Computer science 2019 taster day student

    The translation session was really interesting and the placement year talk gave me a lot to think about.

    Languages 2019 taster day student

    I liked how interactive the sessions were, and how friendly both the staff and student ambassadors were.

    Psychology 2019 taster day student

    Very interesting – I have a much better understanding of studying law.

    Law 2019 taster day student

    Subject-specific taster days

    We don’t currently have any upcoming events. Check back soon for further announcements.