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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

Please view the booklet below with our current 2019/20 on campus events. The booklet is designed for both teachers and students to view our outreach events.

Teachers and Students Guide 2019/20 (PDF)


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.

Faculty Showcase and Subject Taster Events:

Throughout the year we run a series of showcase and taster events that are designed to give Year 12 students an insight into undergraduate level study.


Year 12 off-campus

Developing academic research skills:

Effective academic research skills are fundamental for HE, and enhance students’ transferable skills for successful employment after they graduate. This workshop provides an introduction to academic research skills, devised for students who may be undertaking an EPQ, extended essay or a similar research project. It aims to equip students with knowledge of how to develop a research question, locating and engaging with relevant academic resources, how to begin thinking about research methods and research ethics, and becoming a reflective researcher.

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.

Summer Term (May to July)

Year 12 on-campus

Faculty Showcase and Subject Taster Events:

Throughout the year we run a series of showcase and taster events that are designed to give Year 12 students an insight into undergraduate level study.

Marine Headstart Summer School

7-11 July 2019


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.

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.

Please note: this talk is also suitable for Year 13 students up to the point of application.


If you wish to enquire about our on-campus events please contact us at

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