York visits you

We can deliver a number of informative and inspirational sessions in schools and colleges about York, as well as impartial advice about higher education. Sessions are delivered by staff and in some cases by York students or recent graduates.

We aim to engage with as many schools and colleges as possible but please note that due to staffing limitations we are not able to accept all requests. If you are interested in our staff attending your event or delivering a session below, then please do contact us.

If you have a specific topic in mind, let us know - our talks can be tailored to the needs of you and your pupils. We are also able to deliver talks virtually.

Pre-16 school visits

We're happy to visit partner schools and colleges to talk to your students about higher education and university life. Contact us to discuss your requirements.

Contact us

Student Recruitment and Access and Outreach

Tel: + 44 (0)1904 323529

Higher education can be difficult to navigate as a young person, especially if none of their immediate family have attended university themselves. This interactive session is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of all things university. From simply introducing higher education to exploring the actual benefits of attending, this session has it all. Students will be exposed to higher education in a fun and interactive environment with the opportunity to ask questions and participate in activities such as quizzes.

This will be an opportunity to hear all about the University of York. Students will explore the opportunities available to York students as well as the benefits of studying at a Russell Group university. From opportunities to study abroad, to world class facilities, to student societies; this session will showcase the personal, academic and professional opportunities of studying at the University of York.

Deciding what to do after GCSEs is always a tricky decision for any student. This decision can impact their university and career aspirations and often students can be unaware of the significance of a decision like this. Throughout this session, students will be exposed to a comprehensive overview of the next steps. Several key areas will be covered, including:

- What are the differences between A Levels, BTECs and other qualifications/pathways?
- What subjects do I need to study for particular career paths (such as Medicine or Engineering)?
- How do I choose my post-16 options when I don't know what I want to do in the future?
- Differences between sixth form, colleges and school
- Participating in Outreach programmes in year 12 and year 13

Students will leave the session with a greater understanding of what comes next and also what they need to consider when making a decision that is right for them.

Students will explore a variety of career pathways during this talk and discover how a degree can help this journey. The session will also cover the benefits of attending university, including:

- Careers that need a degree
- Average salaries of graduates versus non-graduates
- Career progression opportunities
- Career support and guidance whilst at university

Student finance can be a significant factor behind why some young people do not consider university as a viable option. This session is designed to provide the facts and accurate information whilst busting any myths and perceptions the students may have. Topics covered during this talk will include:

- Different types of loans
- Budgeting (as well as some fun activities)
- Scholarships and bursaries
- Repayment of student finance (and some examples)

Ultimately the aim of a student finance talk is to provide students with the most accurate information so they can make an informed decision of whether university is right for them.

Applying to university can be challenging for students, particularly those who don't know anyone else who has applied. The application process will be covered during this talk as well as providing students with the opportunity to explore activities that they can participate in now. These top tips provided by our speakers will support your students in ensuring that they are best placed to create a strong university application in year 13/level three, year two. Students with an understanding of the university application process, even at a pre-16 age, are ultimately better equipped to apply to university. We aim to share this advice and guidance in a fun and informative environment.

Student life is a vital part of the university experience and often one younger students are unfamiliar with. Student life will be introduced and covered throughout this talk and cover topics such as:

- Freshers' week
- Sports and societies
- Studying abroad
- Voluntary and subject opportunities
- Moving to a new city and making friends
- Meeting people from around the world
- Student support/wellbeing

By the end of the session, hopefully, many of your students will be excited about the prospects of student life at university and will have a greater understanding of what to expect.

We are happy to discuss any bespoke requests you may have for your students. We will try and accommodate your request where possible so please get in touch and we can see if we can support you.


Post-16 school/college visits

Here are some examples of the types of talks we can offer in the local areas for pupils in Years 12 and 13/level three, year one and two, parents, supporters and guardians:

  • Choosing your course and university
  • How to write a persuasive personal statement
  • All you need to know about student finance
  • The UCAS process explained
  • How to make the most of open days and higher education fairs
  • Student life - the social side of university life
  • A parent's guide to higher education.

We are only able to provide these sessions to a limited number of partners so please do get in touch to discuss your requirements.

Contact us

Student Recruitment and Access and Outreach

Tel: + 44 (0)1904 323529