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
Architecture Taster Day
Friday 8 March 2019
The University of Reading’s Architecture department is offering prospective students in Year 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! If you are interested in taking part please apply using the subject taster form just below.
Pharmacy Taster day
Friday 26 April 2019
The University of Reading is pleased to announce that our first Pharmacy Taster Day is on the 26th April. The day will consist of lectures, practical workshops, tips from academic and recruitment staff and a free lunch to boot! Please use the following link to apply via our subject taster form.
Maths Taster Day
Tuesday 25 June, 09:00 - 15:00
Our Mathematics Department is opening its doors on the 25th June to Year 12 students (and those Year 13 students who plan to defer entry to university until 2020).
This is a fantastic opportunity to experience studying Maths at Higher Education level first-hand. The day will encompass a series of workshops, lectures, group work, a campus tour and a free lunch.
To attend this event, please complete and submit an application form.
English Literature Taster Day
Wednesday 26 June 2019, 10.00- 15.30
Through interactive workshops and lectures by leading academics, we will think about the issues that confront us when we read texts that have been published post -2000. In the afternoon, there will be an opportunity for students to practise creative writing or attend a taster of English Language teaching with members of staff from our Department. Current students will also be on hand to answer your questions about English Literature at university, and give you a tour of our beautiful campus.
This event is suitable for anyone studying twenty-first century literature, anyone preparing for assessments based on unseen texts, and for anyone thinking about studying English Literature and/or Creative Writing at university.
food and nutritional sciences summer school 2019
Wednesday 3 - Friday 5 July 2019
The Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences will be holding its next three-day introductory course between 3-5 July 2019 for Year 12 students.
Taster Afternoon: Modern Languages
Tuesday 2 July, 13:00 - 15:30
Would you like to hear more about studying languages with us? This taster afternoon gives you the opportunity to sample our teaching in French, German, Italian or Spanish.
Taster: BA Accounting & Business (PwC Flying Start Programme)
Wednesday 3 July 2019
We are delighted to announce the Business & Accounting taster day on Wednesday 3 July 2019, 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.
English Language Taster Morning
5th July 9.30-12.30
Come and experience a taster of our BA English Language and Linguistics degree on this taster morning. Take part in interactive session based on some of our most popular teaching topics, which include:
- Language and new media: memes
- Sociolinguistics: language and identity
- Language used in advertising
Our students will also be on hand to answer questions about university life and show you around campus.
Architecture Summer School Taster 2019 Day 1
Wednesday 24 July 2019
This exciting one-day studio programme gives you the opportunity to examine and learn from the fabric of the town of Reading. We tailor an introductory summer programme specifically aimed at students interested in pursuing a degree in architecture.
The studio will focus on the development of critical urban and architectural analysis and understanding through drawing, model making and the development of a portfolio. You can sign up for day one and/or day two.
The day will be dedicated to drawing and learning how to use the sketchbook as a tool for documentation and analysis. You'll visit the town of Reading and analyse the urban environment through the development of architectural sketches including plans, sections, and elevations. The session will also encompass a lecture on the preparation of the architecture portfolio.
Architecture Summer School Taster 2019 Day 2
We tailor an introductory summer programme specifically aimed at students interested in pursuing a degree in architecture. You can sign up for day one and/or day
Thursday 25 July 2019
The day will be dedicated to learning about the art of model making. Students will focus on concepts of space making through the design, interactive development, and construction of architectural models. The session will also encompass a lecture on the preparation of the architecture portfolio.
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.