School and campus visits

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We are happy to visit your school or college to lead a range of events designed to inform, guide or motivate students and parents. We can also host visits by school or college groups to our campus, which are great for demystifying what universities are about and giving students real hands-on experience.

Talking to your students during COVID-19

At this time of year, we would usually be visiting schools to speak to students about higher education and cover topics like choosing a course, the benefits of going to university, student finance, or writing a personal statement. We would also be providing them with information on the different outreach programmes we run for students in Year 12 and 13.

Unfortunately this year we are not able to speak to your students in person. However, we have created videos of some of the talks we get asked for regularly which you are welcome to share with your students. Additionally, our team are able to support any sessions you may be running on preparation for higher education by attending virtual events hosted by schools and delivering talks.

We also recognise that this is a rapidly evolving situation and should students be back in school before the end of term, please do not hesitate to get in touch to discuss how we can best support you and your students.

Please contact us at outreach@contacts.bham.ac.uk if you’d like us to send you any videos or discuss our attendance at an event. 

Request a school or campus visit for September 2020 onwards 

Year 12 and 13 sixth form/college students

The right information and advice at the right time can be of great benefit to Year 12 and Year 13 students faced with major decisions about their future. We have designed the range of talks below to deliver this information in a highly professional, objective and interactive way. 

  • Year 12 Induction: How to make the most of Year 12
  • The benefits of going to university
  • Choosing courses and universities
  • UCAS procedures
  • Tips for personal statements
  • Higher education finances and tips for budgeting
  • Making the most of university open days
  • Student life - with input from a current Birmingham student
  • University of Birmingham and our courses

GCSE students (West Midlands schools only)

Presentations to these year groups are more generic in nature and focus on increasing awareness of what higher education has to offer, helping those intending to go to university to understand requirements at GCSE level, and advising them on choices regarding their post-16 education. We can provide talks for Year 9-11 students covering the following subjects:

  • The benefits of going to university
  • Choosing A Level subjects/equivalent qualifications 

Widening participation (West Midlands schools only)

We can deliver presentations designed to motivate, inspire and inform students from backgrounds less likely to consider university. These visits are open to state schools and colleges in the West Midlands region. Topics include:

  • Why go to university?
  • The importance of qualifications
  • How to choose a course to study at university
  • Student finance
  • Our Access to Birmingham scheme
  • Student life
  • How to apply to university

We are also keen to support school and colleges with guidance and progression evenings. 

Higher education conventions

We attend the majority of UCAS higher education exhibitions. View the full list of 2020 exhibitions we are attending. We are also happy to exhibit at school/college based higher education fairs and conventions.

Group visits to campus

We can host visits by school and college groups who want to give students an insight into university life. These days are great at demistyfying what universities are about and give students real hands on experience. The itinerary for a visit could include activities such as: 

  • Campus tour
  • Meeting current students
  • Talk in a range of topics as listed above
  • Subject taster lecture

For state schools in the West Midlands, we can also organise tailored school visits for groups of up to 50 targeted students. The aim of these is to raise the aspirations of students and provide them with important information, advice and guidance to enable them to make informed decisions about their future.

Visiting our libraries

Our Libraries offer support catered towards ‘A’ Level study and project research. Whether you are a teacher who would like to arrange training for your students, or you are a student who would like to come and study for the day, we welcome teachers and pupils at 'A' Level who would like to use our facilities. Find out about organising a visit.

Other ways to visit our campus

Prospective students can also visit our campus on one of our popular Open Days, which are held several times a year. Students taking part in our outreach activities often have the opportunity to visit as part of their programme. 

You may also want to explore school visits to the Barber Institute of Fine Arts and educational visits to the Lapworth Museum of Geology, both of which are on the University campus.