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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

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. 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

November 2018 - 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th

January 2019 - 24th and 31st

February 2019 - 7th and 14th


Faculty Showcase Events (dates TBC):

November 2018 - Humanities

November 2018 - Engineering and Environment

December 2018 - Natural and Environmental Science

January 2019 - Business and Law


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. 

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.

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.

Engineering Taster Day:

27 February 2019

This day will include a talk from one of our Engineering admissions tutors; looking at the range of engineering disciplines available at the University of Southampton. A series of practical taster lectures within Acoustical Engineering, Ship Science and Mechanical Engineering and a look at our Engineering facilities.  Throughout the day your students will also have the opportunity to speak to current undergraduate students studying these Engineering courses. The maximum number of students that we can have on this day is 90.

Widening Access to Medicine Residential (BM6)

8-10 April 2019

Medicine and Health Sciences Taster Day:

17 April 2019

The day will include a talk from one of our Admissions Team, a series of practical workshops and a Q and A session with current undergraduate students. Refreshments will be provided in the morning and travel can be organised on request. The Medicine day has a maximum of 20 places for students. The Health Science day has a maximum of 40 places for students and will include Nursing, Healthcare Sciences, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy.


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

Marine Headstart Summer School

7-11 July 2019

Design Triathlon Residential

14-17 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.


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