We frequently travel to schools around the UK to deliver talks on
different aspects of higher education, generally to students in
years 9 to 13.
The talks we deliver in schools vary depending on what a school
requests and what stage students are at in the university
application process. Where requested we can combine talk topics and
change the length of the talk to meet your needs.
You can request that we attend on certain dates to deliver talks
and we will accommodate those dates if possible. We receive lots of
requests from schools for talks so it is a good idea to
contact us at least a few weeks in advance of the proposed date,
even earlier if possible.
The talks can be tailored to students in different year groups and studying different qualifications including GCSEs, A-Levels, International Baccalaureate, BTECs or Access Courses and can last between 20 minutes and an hour.
School talks we offer
Why go to university
Highlights the benefits of higher education including financial
rewards, job opportunities, transferrable skills and life skills and
advises students on what to take into account when deciding on
whether to apply to university.
Choosing a course and University
A detailed look at how students should go about choosing which
course to study and where, to ensure their decisions are right for
them and they maximise their chances of receiving the best offers.
Applying to university and the UCAS process
Takes students through the UCAS application process and advises
students on what admissions tutors look for, how students can
prepare their applications and interview preparation to ensure that
they get the best offers possible. Also introduces students to the
UCAS Extra process and Clearing so that students have a greater
understanding of what they can do if they change their minds about a
course, receive no offers, apply very late in the application cycle
or do not get the grades they were hoping for.
Focuses on the personal statement section of the UCAS application
form and helps students to identify what makes a good personal
statement and how to structure it.
Details what it is like to be a university student, how life at
university differs to school and the kind of experience students can
An overview of the costs involved in obtaining a degree, an
explanation of the support available including tuition fee loans,
maintenance loans, grants and bursaries and tips on how to live on a
Interviews and open days
Focuses on how students should prepare for a university interview
and use open days as a tool to select the university perfect for
Why choose the University of Essex?
Outlining key information about our University and explaining to
students how we support our students throughout their courses and
into graduate employment.
Contact the Marketing and Student Recruitment office for further