Here at the UCO, we recognise that students have individual requirements and some may need different levels of support in progressing to higher education.

Which is why we work with different targeted groups across several different networks to raise aspirations and attainment. These targeted groups include but are not limited to young people from a care background, disabled students, young adult carers, estranged students, asylum seeking and refugee students, and students from ethnic minority backgrounds.

Find out more about the steps we are taking to widen access to higher education from our Access and Participation Plan, approved by the Office for Students. 
 

Years 7 - 11


What is HE? Who is HE?

In this session, we aim to help students understand more about university in an interactive workshop.

Location: This session can be run in school or at the university.
 

Options and Opportunities

With so many different GCSE options available, it is important that students make the right choices, so our sessions aim to help students make the correct option choices for their GCSE’s.

Location: This session can be run in school or at the university.
 

Student Life at University

University offers so many different experiences for students and an entire change of lifestyle from School/Sixth Form/College to University. This session demystifies student life and some of the stereotypes about university life. The session will also cover what it’s like to live away from home, how to manage and cope with the new independent learning style and tips on how to make the most out of your time at university.

Location: This session can be run as workshops and/or assemblies.
 

Managing your Money at University

This interactive workshop will help students better understand how they would budget their finances when at University, and how much funding and support they would receive.  As well as few hints and tips that’ll save money from our Student Ambassadors.

Location: Delivered in School or University
 

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Journey through the UCAS

The UCAS Application process can be a very long and confusing 12 months for students, in this interactive session students will be guided through the UCAS application process from researching universities and narrowing down their searches and finalising their options to them starting their course.

Location: Delivered in School or at University
 

Personal Statement Drop-Ins

A member of our Recruitment and Admissions team will be able to come in and read through students’ personal statements to help them perfect their statements before finalising their application.

Location: Delivered in School
 

Personal Statement Workshops

A practical workshop that allows students to understand how to best write their personal statements and will have an opportunity to start drafting their personal statements. Students who have already begun their personal statements will have the opportunity to have their personal statement read through by a member of the recruitment and admissions team.
 

Student Life at University

University offers so many different experiences for students and an entire change of lifestyle from School/Sixth Form/College to University. This session demystifies student life and some of the stereotypes about university life. The session will also cover what it’s like to live away from home, how to manage and cope with the new independent learning style and tips on how to make the most out of your time at university.

Location: This session can be run as workshops and/or assemblies
 

Managing your Money at University

It is easy for us to dive into a takeaway pizza or curry and tap away on our contactless payment cards and apps. This interactive session will help students better understand how to budget their finances and stick to and a few hints and tips that’ll save you money and allow you to enjoy a takeaway every now and again without breaking the bank.
 

Osteopathic Taster Days

What is osteopathy? What does an osteopath do? Is it recognised by the NHS?

Our osteopathic taster days is designed to provide students with the best possible insight into the world of osteopathy. Students would also have an opportunity to visit our UCO Clinic, which is the largest osteopathic clinic in Europe.

Location: Delivered at the university (but can also be delivered in school).
 

Come and Observe at the University

If you are interested in osteopathy, but not entirely sure that it is for you? Do get in contact with us and we would be able to arrange the opportunity for you to sit in a first or second year lecture and observe within our clinic.