Have a Go sessions

University College Birmingham are offering 'Have a Go' taster days aimed at groups of year 10 and 11 students

Previously, we offered multiple dates for our Have a Go sessions offering schools one subject taster session. We will now be offering full-day taster sessions by subject area so schools and students can experience more of what our subject areas have to offer.

Each session gives your students a flavour of life at University College Birmingham and the opportunity to find out more about our vocational college courses through practical sessions with our expert team of staff. The taster days will take place on set dates throughout the year from November to June on-campus. There is no booking fee for these activities.

Bespoke events may be possible for schools and colleges from November - June, at times that suit you, dependent on academic availability. Please complete our enquiry form here to enquire further.

Gatsby Benchmarks – 3 (Addressing the needs of each pupil), 4 (Linking curriculum learning to careers) and 7 (Encounters with further and higher education).

Have a Go: College of Food

Show your students how University College Birmingham can help launch their hospitality career with our cooking, beverage and bakery taster day. From cooking along with our chefs to mastering mocktails and floater coffees, our inspirational lecturers will show your students how they can launch their culinary careers.

Date and time: 9 November, 10am - 2pm and 30 November, 10am - 2pm

Where: On-campus

Number of spaces: Capacity for two groups of 10 and two to three staff. The minimum student requirement is 6 per group.

Example agenda:

  • Session One - Cook Along with Chef
  • Session Two - Mocktail and Mixology Session
  • Session Three - Private Campus and Facilities Tour
  • Session Four - Careers and Education Pathways Workshop

Have a Go: Sport

Sport taster day is the perfect way for students to find out how our sport college courses can be a stepping stone towards a rewarding career in sport and nutrition. Meet members of the teaching team and see demonstrations of various clinical and exercise skills. They will take part in activities that they can expect to do on our sport college courses, including using our sport and gym facilities.

Day and time: 10 November, 10am - 2pm

Where: On-campus

Number of spaces: Capacity for four groups of 15 students and two staff per group. Schools can bring multiple groups if space allows. The minimum student requirement per group is 6.

Important Information: Schools will need to bring their own medical/consent form for practical activity and to inform staff of medical issues. Students are also encouraged to wear comfortable clothes (such as their P.E kit) to take part in physical activities.

Example agenda:

  • Session One - Sport and Exercise Session led by staff and current students
  • Session Two - Private Campus and Facilities Tour
  • Session Three - Careers and Education Pathways Workshop

Have a Go: Business, Marketing and Computing

Explore what our Business, Marketing and Computing college courses can offer your students with our taster day. Meet some of the teaching team and have a go at some activities you can expect to do on our courses. There may be scope to run this taster day virtually if you would be interested but cannot come to campus, please mention this in your enquiry.

Day and time: 11 November, 10am - 2pm

Where: On-campus (or Online)

Number of spaces: Capacity for four groups of 25 students and two staff per group. Schools can bring multiple groups if space allows. The minimum student requirement per group is 6. (If session ran online, no maximum amount of students)

Session Topics: Social Media, Business, Computing, Web design and Marking Strategies (subject to change)

Example agenda:

  • Session One - Enterprise and Marketing Campaign Session
  • Session Two - Social Media and Computing Session
  • Session Three - Careers and Education Pathways Workshop
  • Session Four - Private Campus and Facilities Tour

Coming soon

We are constantly working on our ‘Have a Go’ offer to ensure that your students can explore the full range of our college subjects. The following ‘Have a Go’ sessions will be coming soon – if you would like to be added to our enquiry list for these sessions, please complete our enquiry form here.

  • Have a Go: Education 2021
  • Have a Go: Health 2022

Booking information

To enquire about availability, please complete our enquiry form here with ‘Have a Go’ in the subject line and the sessions you are interested in, and a member of the team will get back to you as soon as possible. 

Alternatively, please call 0121 232 4300 for more information.

To view the code of conduct for on campus visits and online events with University College Birmingham, click here.

Visits must be booked by school/college staff. If you are an individual interested in these taster sessions, please take a look at our taster activities here.

Frequently asked questions

How many students can I bring to an on-campus activity?

Please see the ‘Have a Go’ session information above for minimum and maximum numbers for each session.

Do you have a risk assessment for on-campus activity?

The safety of our students, staff and visitors is paramount. A risk assessment has been carried out for on-campus visits from schools and colleges which can be found here (please select the risk assessment titled 'Safety for visits on campus from schools and colleges'). You can also see our ‘health and safety on campus’ information here.

Will my students need any resources for the online sessions?

Please see the ‘Have a Go’ session information above for further details on resources needed for our online sessions. If you have any queries, please contact the Schools Liaison team by completing our enquiry form here or call 0121 232 4300.

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