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.

Nathan Cardon giving a talk at a Sixth Form Study Afternoon

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."

If you would like to enquire about forthcoming events, please email Helen Murray, Student Experience Manger,

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.

Study Afternoons are 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


  • Philosophy, Theology & Religion and Modern History: The Holocaust, antisemitism and Nazism
  • Modern Languages: Language and Film


  • Philosophy, Theology & Religion Study Afternoon
  • Modern Languages Study Afternoon: Language and Film
  • American and Canadian History and Literature Afternoon

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 Nathan Cordon delivering a lectured on Postwar USA as part of the American & Canadian History & Literature sixth form study afternoon]