Subject-specific taster days

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

Taster Days 2019

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Year 12 taster days 

While they are with us, students will experience the excellent teaching and facilities available at the University of Surrey whilst exploring their 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. 

Entry requirements

Participants should be working at ABB level and may be required to be taking a particular subject at A-level or equivalent to attend the day.

Travel bursaries

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

Upcoming events

    9.30am – 3.30pm

    Key societal debates surrounding us today, around fake news, the Facebook data breach, online trolling, or young people’s media experiences – are all reasons why studying media and communication in contemporary societies is so important. Our taster day offers an introduction to our BSc (Hons) Media and Communication course which is a cutting-edge, intensive and well-rounded social science degree in the study of contemporary media and communications in global, digital societies. The day will equip students to experience a taster of what contemporary mediated communications is all about, focusing on cases and concepts on everything from the internet and platform power to young people and mediated cultures.

    The course is proud to be both broad-based in its incorporation of a wide-range of media forms and cultures, and simultaneously cutting-edge in its inclusion of sociological critiques of the very latest of technological changes, including platform societies and big data. And like the course, we plan our Taster Day to give you insights into current topics in media and communication, and some insights into the broader history of the field. So, come join us in Guildford this September, to get a taster of the critical role of media and communication in the world today!

    Applicants for this taster day should be working at BBB level (A Level or equivalent).

    Applications are now closed.


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

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    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

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    No prior knowledge of criminology is required. 

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

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    No prior knowledge of hospitality and tourism management is required. 

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    No prior knowledge of criminology is required. 

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    No prior knowledge of psychology is required. 

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

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    Please note that taster days and dates are subject to change. 

    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

    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

    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 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.

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

    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

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