Student Recruitment and Outreach: Pre-16 activities

We believe in fair access to education, and our focus is on working with underrepresented groups across the region.

Our programme of activities for Years 7-11 gets students thinking about going to university, choosing GCSEs that will help their future, and working on skills for education and employment. In short, we are getting them to think big, raise their aspirations and focus on their future.

Online support during COVID-19

We are still here to support schools and their students during COVID-19. We have created exciting and interactive online resources, both general and subject-specific, in place of our campus and school-site activities.

Our interactive videos and online events can be delivered by teachers to their students, or we can deliver to larger groups of students at a scheduled time if preferred. We can also deliver bespoke advice and guidance if required.

Simply register your details using the form below to sign up for an online event or to receive your chosen video resources.

Subject-specific activities

College of Business and Social Sciences

Aston Business School, Aston Law School and School of Social Sciences and Humanities

Online Languages Taster Day: Wednesday 18th November 2020, 13:30-15:00

Interested in languages? Intercultural skills? Want to know where this can take you? Attend this virtual Taster session to see the range of Language courses on offer at Aston! See our facilities virtually, meet our lecturers and speak to real Languages students! You will be able to see what life is like at University, what it's like for a languages student, and see the global future it can give you!

Online Sociology Taster Day: Thursday 19th November 2020, 13:30-15:00

This Virtual taster day has been set up for pre-16 students with an interest in Sociology and Social Studies, showing them what their subject has in store for them at University. Online, they will get the opportunity to hear from our passionate academic experts about what these courses entail, and the rest of our team about studying at Aston University. The day will involve a well-rounded session covering what students learn, they will meet real University students on the course and learn what a University campus has to offer.

GCSE English Day: Thursday 28th January 2021, 10:00-14:00

Aston University’s GCSE English Day will offer a series of talks focused on ways of enriching and advancing approaches to GCSE English. With reference to key concepts and texts from AQA GCSE English, each session will encourage students to further develop their critical reading, writing and text analysis skills.

Business and Economics Taster Day: Wednesday 7th July 2021, 10:00-14:00

This taster day has been designed to give years 10 & 11 students an opportunity to develop their knowledge of business and economics and to help them decide which career paths they may want to focus on. From learning about economic principles to some of the key concepts of business ideology the students will gain a fantastic insight into these courses at Aston University.

As part of the taster day, the students will get an introduction to the university, interactive subject sessions and the opportunity to talk to current students. There will also be an option for a campus tour to conclude the day so that students can see our facilities first-hand. The day aims to give students the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of these fascinating subject areas as well as to help them decide which course is right for them.

College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Schools of Informatics & Digital Engineering, Infrastructure & Sustainable Engineering and Engineering & Technology

Online Women in Engineering delivered in conjunction with the Institute of Technology: Wednesday 21st October 2020, 14:00-15:00

With only 12.37% of engineers in the UK being women, we need you! If you are female and considering a degree in engineering and need some inspiration, information and support, who better than current, successful, female engineers to deliver that to you. Join us for a series of introductions and a Q+A with Aston University Alumni and current engineering students.

Chemistry Guest Lecture: Thursday 4th February 2021, 10:00-14:00

Attend this Chemistry Guest Lecture as Pre-16 students and discover the world of Chemistry.
During the day, you will attend talks, watch demos and take part in hands-on activities. You’ll visit our city-centre campus, visit our chemistry laboratories, meet our enthusiastic staff and students as well as an exciting Chemistry guest lecturer.

College of Life and Health Sciences

Aston Medical School, Aston Pharmacy School and the Schools of Biosciences, Optometry and Psychology

Mental Health Awareness at Aston: Thursday 20th May 2021, 10:00-14:00

Students’ mental health has become more and more of a focus point for higher education institutions over the past few years and we want to continue to raise awareness for this as part of National Mental Health Week. Join for us a day at the Aston campus filled with self-esteem workshops, mindfulness activities, exam stress exercises and much more as we celebrate the support services at Aston University and provide methods to support your mental health through exams, into university and beyond.

Healthcare Aspirations Event: Tuesday 6th July 2020, 10:00- 14:30

Our Healthcare Aspirations Event is a great to find out about the wide range of course and career choices that are available within the Healthcare sector. We will have all Aston Healthcare Departments, as well as departments from other local Universities. It is your chance to speak to our academics about the various career paths that can be taken with a healthcare degree. There will be an Information Market as well as course specific subject talks and sessions.

Campus Experience Days

KS3 Virtual events

Wednesday 14th October 2020, 10:00- 14:00

Our virtual Key Stage 3 Campus Experience Day is a great way to find out more about University life and what Aston has to offer! All information will be sent out directly to teachers who will be able to use the resources in their own time to create their own KS3 Campus Experience Day

KS3 On campus

Wednesday 17th March 2021, 10:00- 14:00

Wednesday 12th May 2021, 10:00- 14:00

Join us on campus for an introduction to university life! Sessions include designing your own university, a campus tour and an academic taster session.

KS4 On campus

Thursday 25th March 2021, 10:00-14:00

Wednesday 5th May 2021, 10:00-14:00

The KS4 Campus Experience Day is an informative, interactive and inspiring day on Aston University's very own campus. Students will have the opportunity to learn all about University as well as plan their very own pathway to get there. Through workshops, tours, quizzes and competitions, expect to provide your students with a memorable day with us at Aston.


General advice, guidance and information

General advice

Introduction to university for Years 7-9

This interactive video talk gives a detailed introduction to higher education including the range of courses on offer, the different types of university, university life, and the benefits of going to university.

GCSEs and beyond for Years 7-9

This interactive video covers the importance of GCSEs as well as top tips to help students choose the right GCSEs for their future.

Future skills for Years 9-11

Our interactive Future Skills video introduces students to the study skills and employability skills that can set them up for success in their future educational and career pathways.

Future pathways for Years 9-11

Our interactive video gives students an opportunity to explore the range of fascinating courses on offer at university, their entry requirements, and the careers they could go onto in the future. This talk also covers alternatives to university such as apprenticeships.

Bespoke guidance and advice

Our team are happy to create bespoke advice and guidance videos regarding university and higher education, based on your school’s particular needs. Simply fill out our form below and we will get in contact to discuss further.

If you require further support for your learners from the SRO team, please email us with your requirements and we will try to help.

Book onto an event

Please select the event that you would like to book below. If you cannot find the event that you would like to book, or you have a bespoke request, please email SRO.

If you would like a copy of our code of conduct, risk assessment or safeguarding policy, please email SRO.

Register for one of our live events or request one of our video talks

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