Sixth Form Study Afternoons and Study Days

Sixth Form Study Afternoons and Study Days provide an opportunity for AS and A-level students to study with a particular department and experience what teaching and learning at university is like.

Study Afternoons typically consist of three or four 30-40 minute talks by individual members of the academic staff, with a concluding 30-minute question-and-answer session. The talks can range from large lectures to group workshops, depending on the subject and programme. Study Days will involve morning and afternoon sessions along similar lines to the Study Afternoons.

Student, King Lear Study Afternoon: "It was inspiring to learn in a different environment and to have a whole afternoon just to focus upon the text."

sixth-form-afternoonProgramme for 2015-16

Autumn term

Spring term

  • Modern Languages Study Day: Language and Film (Date to be confirmed)
  • English Study Afternoon (Date and topic to be confirmed)

We would be particularly interested in hearing from teachers about the AS and A2 modules, including specific topics, themes and key texts, which they would like to see featured at our afternoons.  Please email Helen Murray, Student Experience Manager, if you would like to make a suggestion and if you would like to find out about reserving tickets for any of the events.

Further to feedback from schools, the opportunity to attend a campus tour will also be provided as part of the programme for Study Afternoons and Study Days.

For 2015-16, we are trialling making Study Afternoons and Study Days free to attend for both students and teachers.

Previous Sixth Form Study Afternoons

Previous study afternoons include:


  • Early Modern History: Renaissance, Reformation and Rebellion: Politics, Religion and Society in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries


  • English: Love Sacred and Profane in Renaissance English Literature: Othello, Doctor Faustus and the Poems of John Donne
  • English: Shakespeare’s King Lear
  • English, Drama and American and Canadian Studies: Girl Power? Language, Gender and Identity in The Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale, The Handmaid’s Tale and Top Girls
  • Modern Languages: Language and Film


  • Philosophy, Theology & Religion: God and Evil
  • History & American & Canadian Studies: Heroes and Heroines of the American Civil Rights Movement
  • English: Aspects of the Gothic
  • Modern Languages: Language and Film
  • Classics & Ancient History: Leisure in the Ancient World


  • Philosophy, Theology & Religion: God and Evil
  • Early Modern History: Reformation and Rebellion: Politics, Religion and Society in Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century Britain and Europe
  • English: World War I Literature, Language and Gender
  • Modern Languages: Language and Film

Teacher, History Study Afternoon "All the talks were engaging – good/appropriate length and range of topics for pupils and refreshing variety of lecturing techniques."

[image - Dr Kate Rumbold delivering a lecture on Shakespeare’s Othello for a study afternoon on Renaissance English Literature]