Post-16 activities

Post-16 activities

Talks, workshops and activities for students studying post-16

In-school or college events and activities

Our programme of in-school or college activities introduces students to a range of academic subjects, assists them with their UCAS applications and helps them to develop the skills needed in higher education. They are suitable for all students in years 12 and 13 or studying on Level 3 programmes.

Duration: 45 minutes

Suggested time of year: October – March

Gatsby Benchmarks: 1 ,2, 3, 4 and 7

This talk gives your students an overview of higher education. We’ll cover a range of topics including the benefits of going to university, how to choose a course, the UCAS process and student finance. This talk is a good all-rounder for parents’ evenings too.

Duration: 30 minutes

Suggested time of year: September – February

Gatsby Benchmarks: 2 and 7

This session looks at the career-related and academic motivations for going to university, as well as the personal opportunities and benefits for your students. It will get them thinking about their study options and where university could take them.


Duration: 30 minutes

Suggested time of year: Year 12: September – June 1, Year 13: September – November

Gatsby Benchmarks: 3 and 7

Great opportunities, excellent teaching and an inspiring and supportive place to live and learn. Help your students reach their academic potential at the University of Kent. We'll introduce them to our stunning campuses as well as share the range of courses and facilities that make us an exciting place to study.

Duration: 30 minutes

Suggested time of year: Year 12: October – July, Year 13: September – December

Gatsby Benchmarks: 3 and 7

In this session your students will learn how they can thrive in a student community. From joining clubs and societies, to living away from home and meeting new people, we explore what the student experience is all about.

Duration: 30 minutes

Suggested time of year: Year 12: September – June, Year 13: September – November

Gatsby Benchmarks: 1 ,2, 3, 4 and 7

With 37,000 + undergraduate courses to choose from, it’s no wonder students have a hard time making their course choices. We’ll provide your students with practical tips on how to use league tables effectively, do the nitty-gritty course research and identify the differences between campus and city universities.

Duration: 30 minutes

Suggested time of year: Year 12: October – July, Year 13: September – December

Gatsby Benchmarks: 1, 3 and 7

The personal statement can be the hardest part of the UCAS application for students. To help them get going, this session explores structure, content, the dos and don’ts and the tricky opening line. We’ll also provide insight into what universities are looking for. The workshop will give students an opportunity to put their learning into practice and critique some example personal statements.

Duration: 45 minutes

Suggested time of year: Year 12: September – June, Year 13: September – November

Gatsby Benchmarks: 1, 3 and 7

Knowing how they are going to fund their studies is often a big worry for students as they prepare for university. It could be a barrier for them when it comes to making an application. This talk will explain government loans and other funding, provide financial tips and tools for independent living and help to bust some student finance myths to put their minds at ease.

Duration: 30 minutes

Suggested time of year: December – March

Gatsby Benchmarks: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 7

This talk explores the skills and attributes your students will develop at university and the ways in which they can gain an employability edge through extracurricular activities. We’ll provide an overview of the graduate job market and look into placement year and work experience opportunities that will help them stand out.

Duration: 30 minutes

Suggested time of year: October – January

Gatsby Benchmarks: 1, 3 and 7

In this session, your students will learn what comes next in the UCAS timeline, including how to make their final choices and respond to offers, what happens at an applicant event and how they can navigate results day and Clearing.

Duration: 30 minutes

Suggested time of year: December – March

Gatsby Benchmarks: 2, 3, 5 and 7

Some universities will require interviews for certain courses while others like to meet students face to face. This talk will cover how to approach university interviews, what admissions officers are looking for and how your students can put their best foot forward in terms of preparation.

  • Delivered with Student finance or A general guide to university talks
  • Encourages students to think about the average student budget; looking at outgoings (fees, accommodation and other living costs) and income (student loans, part-time employment, grants and other funding)

  • Delivered with UCAS and personal statements or A general guide to university talks
  • A chance to look at real previous personal statements, ranging in quality

  • Delivered with Choosing a course and a university or Studying locally talks
  • A short game activity looking at where in the UK various universities are located

A programme of four talks, each lasting 50 minutes which can be delivered in school or online, designed to give your students an insight into what it is like to study at university.

The talks help students to decide if higher education is the right option for them and provide information on the reasons for going to university, how to choose a course, student life and the costs and financial support available.

Please email outreach@kent.ac.uk for more information.  

Our Debating programme offers students the chance to develop essential skills such as critical thinking, communication and creativity through fun and engaging debating activities.

Please email outreach@kent.ac.uk for more information.

Partner schools and colleges

At Kent, we believe that anyone with the academic ability to study at university should have the opportunity to do so. To encourage young people to embrace the value of higher education, we have established relationships with over 45 non-selective secondary schools and three further education colleges in Kent.

On-campus events and activities

Inviting students on to campus for interactive events is a great way to familiarise them with University life. We show them the quality of the facilities available and introduce them to a different style of teaching.

Run in one of the University's libraries, this session is designed for students in post-16 education who are undertaking a research task.  The day can include a session on research sources and referencing and provides an insight into the extensive library facilities of available on a university campus.

Please email outreach@kent.ac.uk for more information and to book.

An opportunity for students to explore their options and experience university life on our residential summer school on the Canterbury campus.  This summer school is open to students from Partner and KMPF schools only.

More details are available on the summer schools page.

A day on our Canterbury or Medway campus which will enable students to reflect on what a university is and what learning at university is like.  The day includes subject taster sessions,  a campus tour, and a Q&A with our student ambassadors.

Please email outreach@kent.ac.uk for more information.  

This programme is run over a sustained period and is designed to help young people in year 12 in Kent and Medway to explore the opportunities and challenges offered by higher education.  The programme is open to Partner Schools, Colleges and Uni Connect students only.

Click here to find out more.

Upcoming events

Online events and activities

Our online activities are designed to help your students explore their options and to make informed choices about their future.

This session explains the purpose of the UCAS reference, explores how they are used by universities, and provides tips on how to prepare the content.

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This webinar provides advice on guiding students as they create their personal statements, including tips on best practice and things to avoid. There is also an opportunity for Q&A following the presentation.

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This webinar covers the three main questions about finance that students ask when considering higher education: how much does it cost, how do I pay for it and how do I manage my money?

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A self-guided activity which focuses on helping students to develop the skills and knowledge needed to meet the challenges of sixth-form learning.

Please email outreach@kent.ac.uk for more information.

A programme of four talks, each lasting 50 minutes which can be delivered in school or online, designed to give your students an insight into what it is like to study at university.  

The talks help students to decide if higher education is the right option for them and provide information on the reasons for going to university, how to choose a course, student life and the costs and financial support available. 

Please email outreach@kent.ac.uk for more information.