You will sample lectures and practical sessions, work alongside other students interested in your subject, visit our beautiful award-winning campus, meet our enthusiastic staff and students, and get a real feel for student life at the University of Reading.
Apply for a subject taster
To request your place on a subject taster, please complete the application form (PDF - 142kb).
We try to accommodate as many students as possible in our outreach provision and in most cases are able to offer places to all. However, in the case of oversubscription on events, priority will be given to students from groups currently under-represented in Higher Education, and to young people with little or no experience of Higher Education in their family.
To enable all students access to our subject tasters we offer travel bursaries to those who meet certain qualifying criteria. We can provide advance return train and bus tickets to the University from a named UK station, or reimburse mileage costs after the event for qualifying students.
To apply for a travel bursary, please complete the travel bursary section of the application form (PDF - 142kb)
Subjects on offer
We offer a wide range of subject-specific tasters, from Accounting to Zoology.
The mini lecture was very interesting and she spoke very well. Loved the day - really helpful to get an idea about what studying psychology would be like
Taster day: Discover Pharmacy
Wednesday 5 April 2017, 09:45-16:00
This event is for Year 12 students studying A level Chemistry.
Taster day: Spectroscopy Masterclass
Wednesday 28 June, 09:45 - 15:30
A fantastic opportunity for Year 12 students interested in studying chemistry at degree level.
Taster day: Geography and Environmental Science
Wednesday 28 June, 09:30 - 16:30
This event is for Year 12 students interested in studying geography and/or environmental science at university.
Food and Nutritional Sciences Summer School
Three-day course starting on Wednesday 5 July 2017
Are you a young scientist thinking about a career in food?
Join the Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences for a three-day introductory course between 5 - 7 July 2017. This event is for Year 12 students.
Taster day: Psychology
Thursday 6 July 2017, 10:00 - 15:00
The Psychology taster day is for Year 12 students interested in finding out more about studying psychology at university.
Taster day: Biology Masterclass
Friday 14 July 2017, 09:30 - 16:00
This event is for Year 12 students studying A-level biology or human biology.
Free online courses
Together with universities and cultural institutions from around the world, the University of Reading has developed a wide range of free online courses.
Providing you are 13 years or older you can explore a diverse and exciting range of topics in your own time and on any device. Courses include Begin Robotics, Our Changing Climate, and A Beginner's Guide to Writing in English for University Study. Find out more about our free online courses
In unforeseen circumstances, we may have to cancel or amend the events. Participants will be notified of any changes as far in advance as possible.