Due to current government advice regarding the coronavirus pandemic, we are sadly unable to run our on-campus subject taster sessions. We are working hard to provide a range of online and live digital events in place of these, so please do register your interest and we will let you know when any new ones have been added related to your areas of interest.
Virtual subject tasters
Attend a virtual subject taster session and discover what it would be like to study your chosen subject at degree level.
On these free-of-charge virtual events, you will sample lectures and practical sessions, work alongside other students interested in your subject, meet our enthusiastic staff, and get a real feel for life at the University of Reading.
Apply for a virtual subject taster session
To request your place on a subject taster, please complete the application at the bottom of each event description.
We try to accommodate as many students as possible in our virtual outreach provision and in most cases will be able to offer places to all that are interested. However, in the case of over-subscription on events, priority will be given to students on a first come, first served basis.
A day in the life of a student studying BA Accounting & Business (Flying Start Programme with PwC)
Date: Wednesday 14th April - 14:00 – 15:00
Discover what it is like to study the Flying Start Programme with PwC ( BA Accounting & Business) with current students who will talk about their experiences of studying at the University of Reading, their placements at PwC, and student life and opportunities. The session will be in a question and answer style, so make sure to prepare some questions. Everyone who registers will receive a recording of the session.
Pathways to Property summer school 2021
19 -22 July 2021
The Pathways to Property Summer School takes place from 19 – 22 July 2021, and is for Year 12 students from state funded schools and colleges who want to learn more about a career in property.
Taking place over four days on campus at the Henley Business School at the University of Reading, this fully-funded, residential summer school will give you the opportunity to explore the world of property and the careers within it. With a mix of taster lectures, site visits, a group project, careers fair and social activities, you will get to experience university life, whilst also exploring key themes in property such as sustainability, regeneration and globalisation. With such a huge variety of roles, from becoming a building surveyor or town planner to a sustainability consultant or financial analyst, there is a role to suit any skill set or personality.
Applications for the Pathways to Property Summer School are now open. Please visit the Henley Business School website for more information on how to apply. If COVID-19 restrictions prevent this event from taking place in person, a virtual summer school will take place instead.
As part of our commitment to widening participation, places for the Pathways to Property Summer School will be awarded to students who best meet our widening participation criteria.
Architecture Virtual Taster Day
Wednesday 14 April 2021- 09.30 – 15:00
The University of Reading’s Architecture department's virtual taster sessions offers students the opportunity to experience a typical architecture studio through hands-on design and/or drawing exercises. Students will take part in a workshop dedicated to visualising space and structure and lectures will cover the role of the sketchbook and the preparation of the architecture portfolio.
Book your place on the Architecture taster session.
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.
Visit our Reading Scholars’ page for more information, including the full eligibility criteria.
Join one of our one-hour subject webinar series with a focus on particular subject areas that you can study at university and the University of Reading. You will hear from academics and/or students talking about what it is like to study their subject at degree level and be able to ask them questions afterwards. Talks typically last between 20-40 minutes with the opportunity for 20 minutes Q&A at the end.
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.