Local sixth formers enjoy a taste of university life

23 March 2012 11:18:00

Sixth form pupils from schools across Bath & North East Somerset and Wiltshire have joined students at Bath Spa University this week to find out more about life at university. 

Bath Spa is holding Open Learning Week from 19 to 23 March as part of its work to widen participation in higher education and to encourage more young people from all backgrounds to consider university as a next step after school or college.
More than 60 pupils have taken part in lectures this week, including Business & Management, Education, Music, Psychology, English Literature, Geography and Sociology.

They have also been given tours of the Newton Park Campus and met student ambassadors, who were able to give them a frank view of student life from both a social as well as an academic perspective.

Open Learning Week was organised by Bath Spa’s Widening Participation Outreach and Marketing teams.

Ben Leventhall, Widening Participation Outreach Officer, said: "We have a strong history of working closely with our local schools and sixth form colleges. The idea for Open Learning Week came from teachers themselves who were keen for their pupils to try out taster lectures at university, and we were more than happy to oblige.

"We’ve had really positive feedback from both pupils and teachers. One girl told us that she discovered university isn’t as big or as complicated as she thought it might be, and the visit has really boosted her confidence about applying for higher education. This is just what we wanted to hear!"