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.
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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
Taster day: Architecture Masterclass
Tuesday 30 October
The Architecture Masterclass is for year 12/13 students who are interested in learning more about studying Architecture at university.
English Literature Taster Afternoon
Wednesday 31 October, 13:00-15:00
During this taster afternoon current students will guide you through a workshop on what to do when you see a poem for the first time, present their favourite modules in the department and answer any questions you may have about the course and student life. There will also be time for a campus tour.
Taster: BA Accounting & Business (PwC Flying Start Programme)
Wednesday 7 November 2018
We are delighted to announce the Business & Accounting taster day on Wednesday 7 November 2018, to be held at the Henley Business School on our main Whiteknights campus. This exciting degree programme is suitable for students studying A levels or the equivalent and who are interested in the PwC Flying Start Programme - BA Accounting & Business.
German and Spanish Taster Day
Thursday 8 November, 10:00-15:00
During this taster day academics from German and Spanish will provide taster sessions so that you can see what learning is like with us. Current students will also be on hand to answer your questions about the course and student life. Campus tours will also be on offer.
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, 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.
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.