On these free of charge days, 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: Spectroscopy Masterclass
Wednesday 28 June, 09:45 - 15:30
A fantastic opportunity for Year 12 students interested in studying chemistry at degree level.
Taster: BA Accounting & Business (PwC Flying Start Programme)
Wednesday 28 June 2017,
This Business & Accounting taster day is for students interested in the PwC Flying Start Programme - BA Accounting & Business. This exciting degree programme is suitable for students studying all A level subjects.
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.
Taster day: Modern languages
Wednesday 28 June, 09:30 - 16:00
Our Modern Languages University Preview Day on Migration and Integration with a taster session in beginners Italian is designed for Year 12 students who are interested in studying languages at university. Year 11 are also welcome to attend.
Taster day: PPE - Freedom and Human Rights
Thursday 29 June 2017, 09:30 - 16:00
Are you interested in studying PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) at university? Join the Departments of Politics & International Relations, Philosophy and Economics at their PPE taster day.
Taster day: English Literature
Thursday 4 July 2017, 09:30 - 16:00
Our English Literature University Preview Day on post-2000 Literature is designed for year 12 students who are interested in studying languages at university. Year 11 students are also welcome to attend.
Taster session: Finance & Investment Banking
Tuesday 4th July, 09:30 - 16:00
Take part in a Stock Market competition for Year 12.
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: Discover Pharmacy
Wednesday 12 July 2017
The University of Reading we are offering a free Pharmacy taster day on Wednesday 12 July 2017. During the taster day you will be able to attend lectures and practical workshops where you will get a taste of some of the different subjects you will cover while working towards a degree in Pharmacy. You will also get an opportunity to tour the University of Reading, meet current students and get to experience campus life for the day.
Taster day: English Language and Applied Linguistics
Friday 14 July 2017, 09:30 - 16:00
Our English Language and Applied Linguistics University Preview Day on Language and Social Media is designed for year 12 students who are interested in studying languages at University. Year 11 students are also welcome to attend.
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.
Real Estate: Pathways to Property Summer School
Monday 24 - 27 July 2017, 09:30 - 16:00
Have you ever wondered how buildings are developed, who is responsible for managing them or how much they are worth? Join us at the Summer School to find out more.
The Real Estate: Pathways to Property Summer School is open to Year 12 students in UK state schools and colleges and is free to attend.
Taster Day: Archaeology
Thursday 31 August 2017, 09.30 - 17:00
This event will give you a great insight into what studying Archaeology at Reading is like, and whether it's for you.
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
Get in touch
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.