Campus visits

We can offer tailored programmes at our Colchester Campus for both pre-16 school groups, and post-16 sixth form and college students. For those who cannot visit us, we are pleased to offer a virtual campus experience, using innovative online software.

Our aim is to give your students a first-hand experience of what it’s like to be an undergraduate student.

Throughout the day, students can expect to hear from staff and student ambassadors, take part in interactive sessions and learn more about life on a university campus. Campus visits are the perfect way to engage and inspire students, to expose the opportunities available to them and support informed decisions regarding their future. 

Please use our online enquiry form to book a visit, talk or fair for your students. 

Colchester Campus Visits

Campus visits typically run Wednesday and Friday at 12pm, and include an informative talk from a member of the schools liaison team, a campus tour and an interactive workshop.

Extended visits can either start earlier or finish later, to suit you and your travel commitments. Students can expect everything they’ll find in a standard campus visit but will also have an additional interactive workshop.

If any of your staff or students would like to access our Faith Centre while on campus, please let the event organiser know.

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Virtual Campus Visits

Virtual campus visits enable school and college groups to access a campus experience when it is not possible to travel to us. Our online software enables schools and colleges to access a wide range of recorded and live content to deliver interactive workshops, virtual tours and live Q&A to provide an immersive campus experience.

Colchester Campus virtual tour

Workshop Sessions

When you book your campus visit, we will ask you to give your preference of workshop sessions so we can tailor your day as much as possible to your wishes. Depending on the age group of students, we're able to offer the following a range of sessions, including:

  • Choosing a university and course
  • Applying to university, UCAS and writing your personal statement
  • Student life
  • Student finance
  • Referencing
  • Revision and exam techniques
  • Skim reading and scanning
  • Study skills and learning styles
  • EPQ workshops

We also welcome requests for subject-specific workshops and will accommodate these to the best of our ability. We recommend exploring our annual events, which include academic activities and taster days. 

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Campus Visit Extension Activity

Students respond best on a visit to our campus when they understand its purpose and relevance. To help with this, we have prepared Pre and Post-Visit workshop materials for your students to complete in school or college.

Your Campus Visit contributes towards your school/college’s activity for Gatsby Benchmark 7 (Encounters with Further and Higher Education). However, by incorporating these workshops, you can also contribute towards your school/college’s achievement of Gatsby Benchmark 3 - Addressing the Needs of Each Student and Ofsted Inspection Frameworks 1-3.

Pre-Visit Preparation workshop

The Pre-Visit Preparation Workshop Presentation and accompanying lesson plan cover everything your students can expect from their Campus Visit. It is short enough for tutor time (15-20 minutes) but can be extended to suit an hour-long lesson through the optional activities. 

Post-Visit Reflection workshop

It is really beneficial for your students to reflect on their Campus Visit. It helps them to identify what they learnt during the experience, and identify the next steps they need to take to get closer to their future goals.

To help with this, our Post-Visit Reflection workshop presentation and accompanying lesson plan offers the ideal opportunity for you and your students to recap what they learnt at our campus and what they might want to do next. 

It is short enough for tutor time (15-20 minutes) but can be extended to suit an hour-long lesson through the optional activities.

Pre and Post-Campus Visit Workshop documents will be sent to you via email. If you'd like to book a Campus Visit, please use our online booking form below.

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Book a school talk or campus visit

To book a talk at your school or college or a campus visit for your students, please use our online enquiry form.

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Invite us to your next Careers or Higher Education fair

If your school or college is planning to hold a higher education or careers fair, we are happy to come to talk to your students about the opportunities offered by university study. To invite us to your next Careers or Higher Education Fair, please complete our online form.

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