Academic skills and EPQ conferences

We offer a range of academic skills workshops and EPQ conferences for sixth form students and mature applicants.

Given the ongoing COVID-19 situation, this programme is now available online. To find out more and take part, please contact

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) conferences

An Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) fosters independent learning and helps prepare you for higher education.

We offer EPQ conferences to help support you working towards this qualification. Our conferences will help to develop your skills with sessions on researching, academic integrity, referencing and presentation skills.

Although this conference focuses on students undertaking the EPQ, we understand that not all students have this as an option. So we welcome all students to take part in the conference and develop their academic skills that can help with the transition into university.

Otherwise, you may wish to book a bespoke visit for your group, and information about these visits can be found below.

Academic skills and independent study sessions

These sessions focus on developing independent learning skills and a range of academic skills. They aim to enhance your students' current studies and help them prepare for higher education. Sessions can be tailored according to the needs of your students.

Students take part in a series of interactive talks and activities which develop their understanding and implementation of the following skills:

  • Narrowing a research project and project writing
  • Researching a topic and evaluating information
  • Academic writing style
  • Referencing and academic integrity
  • Effective note taking
  • Perfect presentations.

Each session is delivered by a member of staff from our Academic Support Office, or by a fully trained Academic Skills tutor (postgraduate student). Students work in groups, facilitated by student ambassadors. There is also an opportunity to take a campus tour and to ask our student ambassadors questions about university student life.

Contact us at for more information and to discuss your requirements.

Off campus events

If you're located fairly close to York, it's sometimes possible to arrange for a member of staff to visit your school or college, along with a couple of student ambassadors, to deliver a session. These sessions are up to an hour in length. 

Contact us at to discuss your requirements.