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.
Taster day: English Literature
Tuesday 3 July, 10:00-15:30
Through interactive workshops and lectures led by leading academics, we'll be thinking about the issues that confront us when we read texts that have been published post-2000.
Taster day: english language and applied linguistics
Wednesday 11 July, 10:00-16:00This English Language and Applied Linguistics Taster Day will focus on digital media, language and social media. The event will include taster lectures on online language and emojis and on memes and humour.
Taster Day: Pharmacy
Wednesday 11 July
This Pharmacy Taster Day is for year 12 students currently studying A level Chemistry or Biology (or equivalent) and are interested in learning more about studying Pharmacy at university.
taster day: geography and environmental science
Friday 6 July 2018
This event will give you the opportunity to experience what it would be like to study at the University of Reading. Activities will focus on human and physical geography, with elements of environmental science built in.
taster day: archaeology
Tuesday 3 July 2018
On this varied and exciting day you will get to participate in a workshop delivered by the Department of Archaeology, getting to meet academics and current students as you do so. You will also have the opportunity to explore our beautiful campus.
Business and accounting
Tuesday 3 July 2018
We are delighted to announce the Business & Accounting taster day on Tuesday 3 July for those who are interested in the PwC Flying Start Programme - BA Accounting & Business, which will take place at the Henley Business School on our main Whiteknights campus.
The accounting and business team at Henley Business School will open their doors to prospective students who would like to find out more about this exciting degree programme. A series of interactive workshops will introduce students to principals of tax and accounting. All sessions will be delivered by academic staff from the accounting and business subject area team and will be suitable for those studying all 'A' level subjects. PwC staff will also be available during the day to answer questions on the degree programme and how to apply and there will be opportunity to meet students studying the course.
Thursday 21 June 2018 9.30am - 4pm
This one day intensive masterclass aims to introduce students to studying theatre at university. It will be both thought-provoking and engaging as students will have the opportunity to analyse a play, consider staging and performance styles, as well as discuss their own ideas in groups. Students will also be shown a filmed recording of a play by Samuel Beckett . Finally, all participants will be encouraged to give mini performances and/or presentations based on the play studied.
The masterclass will be held by members of the FTT department in one of the theatres in the Minghella Building; this will give participants a flavour of working in theatre as well as studying at university. We extend our invitation to anyone interested in or curious about studying literature and theatre.
Deadline of application: Tuesday 19 June
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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
The Stock Market Challenge
Monday 2nd July 2018, 9.30am – 4.00pm.The competition is designed to give students the opportunity to apply their current knowledge of subjects such as maths, business and economics to the high-speed world of international trading and develop a familiarity with the language of financial markets. Students will have the unique opportunity to use the Centre’s dealing room facilities, which are some of the most extensive of their kind in the world.
We are looking for teams of two students to represent their School. Each school can enter up to five teams (10 individual students in total).
Open to: Year 12 students, particularly those taking AS level maths, business, economics or other related subjects. For further information or to register your school to be a part of the competition, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Psychology Taster Day
Wednesday 27 June 9.30am-3.30pm
During the day, you will be able to visit our internationally-renowned department and participate in interactive activities, including mini-lectures from current researchers, experimental workshops, and Q&A sessions with our psychology undergraduates. No prior subject knowledge required.
Deadline for applications: Friday 15 June
Food and nutritional sciences summer school
Food and Nutritional Sciences courses are multidisciplinary, encompassing food chemistry, microbiology, nutrition, quality assurance, sensory analysis, management, food engineering and manufacturing. They are very practical and frequently involve industrial training.
The Food and Nutritional Sciences Summer School aims to show budding scientists how exciting these subjects really are.
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.