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.
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.
Subjects on offer
We offer a wide range of subject-specific tasters from Accounting to Zoology.
Get in touch
Microscopy Taster Mornings
Every Wednesday morning from 2 November to 18 December 2019
Our microscopy workshops are designed for sixth form biology students and offer the opportunity to tour the University of Reading’s microscopy facilities, take part in a practical workshop and listen to a Student Life talk by a student ambassador. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for further details.
Bookings are taken on a group to group basis. Please note that we shall ask for a deposit prior to attendance.
Architecture Taster Day
21 February 2020
The University of Reading’s School of Architecture is offering prospective students in Years 12 the opportunity to experience what studying Architecture at university is like. Attending students will experience Architecture workshops, lectures, a tour of facilities - not to mention a free lunch. The workshops will be hands on and will provide an insight into both drawing and model making through full use of Architecture and University resources. If you are interested in taking part please apply using the subject taster form below.
Alternatives to Medicine Taster Day
2 April 2020
The Alternatives to Medicine Day (AToM) is for Year 12 and 13 students currently studying science based, or related, A levels and who are interested in learning more about studying chemistry, biology, pharmacy or food and nutritional science at University. Likewise, it is suitable for students who are considering medicine, but who may also wish to consider alternative options.
During the day you will be able to attend lectures and practical rotating workshops where you will get a taste of any two of the following: chemistry, biology, pharmacy or food science and get a feel of what studying these courses will consist of. You will also get an opportunity to tour the University of Reading, meet current students and experience campus life for the day.
The Reading Scholars Programme
The Reading Scholars Programme gives Year 12 students a real taste of life as a university undergraduate, providing practical support as participants begin their higher education application process. Featuring input from leading academics and current undergraduate e-mentors, the programme aims to challenge participants academically and enhance their current studies.
The programme is currently offered in the following subject areas: Art and Design, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Food Science and Pharmacy, English Literature, History, Classics and Archaeology, Languages and culture, Mathematics, Psychology, and Physical Geography and Environmental Science.
Applications for the Reading Scholars programme 2019 are now open. Visit the website for the programme brochure and online application form.
As part of our commitment to widening participation, the programme is for students who meet our widening participation criteria.
Meteorology Taster days
18 & 19 February 2020
An excellent two day programme hosted by our Department of Meteorology. This event provides prospective students with an insight into studying Meteorology, through a series of activities including lectures, labs and the opportunity to participate in a weather balloon launch. This event is a great way to get hands on experience with a subject that you may not have yet studied.
Attendance at both days is preferred, however if this is difficult for you just get in touch by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can apply using the subject taster form here.
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.