CAL/CoSS Discovery Day

The College of Arts and Law and the College of Social Sciences host an annual Discovery Day for year 10 pupils.

Arts Building

This is a subject taster day which gives pupils the chance to experience learning in an HE environment. Pupils will each attend two keynote lectures and two interactive workshops.

Disciplines from both Colleges are represented: arts, humanities and law subjects; and the social sciences.

The event in 2013 took place on Tuesday 25 June. Ninety pupils and accompanying staff from nine schools attended.

On arrival, all students received a Discovery Day bag which was full of useful information including the junior prospectus, information on the subjects available to study in each college, pens, paper and a few other small gifts, a snack and a bottle of water.

Year 10 student: "The careers lecture helped reassure me that I can study something I enjoy as opposed to choosing a degree just to get a job."


The programme for the day included:

  • A welcome lecture given by Dr Graham Timmins (Director of Education, School of Government and Society) and Dr Henry Chapman (Senior Lecturer in Archaeology and Visualisation Archaeology). This introduced students to the university and to the Arts, Law, Humanties and Social Science subjects that can be studied at the University of Birmingham.
  • Workshop 1
    Students attended sessions on Art History, Archaeology, Philosophy, History, English and an Arts, Law and Humanities themed session at the Cadbury Research Library.
  • Lunch and campus tour
    Guided by our ambassadors, students got to see some of the highlights of our beautiful campus including the clocktower, the Great Hall, the Barber Institute, the Guild of Students, the library and the Munrow Sports Centre.
  • Workshop 2
    Students attended sessions on Economics, Politics, Social Policy, Sociology and Business.
  • Careers session
    A session which looked at degrees and employability including a quiz with prizes.


Students most valued the following things:

  • The campus tour and seeing what university life is like as a student.
  • The Social Policy workshop.
  • The careers session and quiz.
  • The Art History workshop.
  • Learning about the different subjects which they had never heard of before.

Teacher: "I would like to congratulate the team who worked so hard to organise and present yesterday's Year 10 Discovery Day. My students were 'buzzing' on the way home. I take students regularly to all sorts of events throughout the year. Your event was so well organised. Your student ambassadors were superb, a real credit to the University. They were so enthusiastic about the University and learning from all the opportunities they have had. I too learnt quite a bit more about the subjects offered in your Schools!"

The date for next year has been confirmed as Wednesday 18 June 2014.

For enquiries about this event please contact the University’s Student Recruitment and Outreach team at: