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Learn with US Outreach Post-16

The Learn with US post-16 programme is designed to support students, teachers and parents in Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight. We also support schools and colleges nationwide through our dedicated off-campus programme, and through our residentials and summer schools.

We have planned a complete programme of support in order to improve your students’ academic attainment and intellectual self-confidence, raise aspirations, and increase awareness of higher education. These activities are intended to complement the academic year, and should be viewed as a complete ‘package’ of support, rather than isolated ad hoc interactions.

Working in consultation with experienced FE professionals, we have specifically designed the programme with the additional intention of alleviating your pastoral workload by supporting your students through their applications to higher education and their development of academic study skills.

There is no cost to your school or college for participation in the Learn with US programme.

Autumn Term (September to December)

Year 12 on-campus

Explore with US Interdisciplinary November conference:

These interdisciplinary conferences offer a variety of subject specific workshops, based around one central theme, and are facilitated by our post graduate students. The conferences enable students to gain an understanding of the flexible learning options we offer and the access undergraduate students have to active researchers.

Wednesday, 15th November – Engineering

University Challenged:

Schools enter a team of four Year 12 students to compete against other teams in the style of the popular TV show to test your quizzing skills and see who wins the title of University Challenged champion. 

This event gives students the opportunity to use their knowledge in a fun and competitive way, thinking about what they might choose to study at university. They will also get to find out more about life at university, meeting some of our current students and experiencing the campus environment. We hope the competition will also help students when it comes to writing personal statements for UCAS applications – showing how they have challenged themselves and also made an effort to explore how higher education could benefit them.

 November 2017 TBC

Year 12 off-campus

‘Why HE?’ Talk:

This talk looks to dispel some of the beliefs and attitudes towards higher education and academia. We talk about what university is actually like and its benefits and impact on students’ lives and futures. We also bring clarity to the misunderstandings around costs and fees.

 Year 13 off-campus

Standing out from the crowd; writing successful personal statements:  

This talk or workshop provides guidance on how to structure the personal statement and what Admissions Tutors look for in prospective applicants. We also talk about ways to enhance the student’s understanding of their subject and offer practical tips for writing a persuasive statement.

Spring term (January to April)

Year 12 on-campus

Higher Education advice evening for parents:

The Higher Education Advice Evening at the University of Southampton is aimed at parents to help them support their son or daughter as they are considering applying to university. The evening is designed to give general, up-to-date information on topics such as choosing a course, student finance, getting the most from open days and the benefits of Higher Education which will be applicable no matter what university they are thinking of applying to.

Explore with US Interdisciplinary February conference:

Wednesday, 12th February – Humanities

Explore with US Interdisciplinary March conference:

Wednesday, 28th March – Social Sciences

Widening Access to Medicine Residential (BM6)

W/C 9th April 2017

Medicine and Health Sciences Taster Day:

18 April 2018 TBC

Engineering Taster Day:

20 June 2018 TBC

Year 12 off-campus

Student finance and cash course:

This talk will clearly explain about tuition fees and loans, but more importantly, how the process works and how they are paid back. We also offer an interactive ‘Cash Course’ workshop which highlights the various financial decisions students may encounter and encourages students to consider how to budget for university.

Year 13 off-campus

Preparing for interviews:

For those university courses that formally interview, and even for  those that do it informally as part of a visit day, this talk gives an overview of what to expect from an interview, how to prepare and what to do on the day.

Developing  academic study skills:

This talk and workshop is designed for those with HE aspirations not completing an EPQ. It will aim to introduce the concepts of critical thinking, academic reading and writing, and referencing. The workshop element can be tailored to those with an interest in humanities, STEM or an inter-disciplinary combination of the two.


Summer Term (May to July)

Year 12 on-campus

LWUS Research Days:

These research days are designed to give Year 12 students a superb opportunity to develop their research skills, and to experience life as an undergraduate at a research leading university.

Students will develop a range of skills beneficial to university learning and raising attainment. These include:

- Reading and engaging with academic material

- Finding and selecting appropriate sources and evidence

- Note taking, citation and referencing

- Thinking critically, forming arguments and presenting in a group.

The dates for 2018 will be: Friday, 6th July; Friday, 13th July; Friday, 20th July; Friday, 27th July

Design Triathlon Residential

Marine Headstart Summer School

Year 12 off-campus

Making successful applications:

This talk will focus on the three factors required to make a successful application to university: choosing a course, enhancing your application and an introduction to the personal statement. The talk will prepare the student for any HE related research and work experience during the summer recess.

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