As autumn arrives, many school students and other learners are considering making one of the most important decisions of their lives - where to go to university. But they need not worry, help is at hand! The University of Cumbria, Carlisle is holding an open day on Saturday 7 November at its Fusehill Street and Brampton Road campuses to give interested students the low down on what it is really like to study at the university.
Holly Payne (18), who is originally from Newcastle and is doing a Foundation Degree in Technical Theatre, came to an open day at Brampton Road in August and found it extremely useful in aiding her decision.
She said, “I went along to look at the performing arts course and changed my mind as a result of attending the open day.”
She continued, “at the open day, I discussed the course content with a lecturer which made me realise I wanted to do Technical Theatre.”
“I’ve always loved theatre and the mechanisms behind it. The University of Cumbria’s course gave a good basis of general skills and the opportunity to specialise in a preferred area”.
“Even though I changed my mind about the course I wanted to do, the lecturers were really supportive and were pleased that I was on the right course for me.”
Students who attend an open day get a taster of what it is really like to study at university in subject sessions designed to help them find out about course content, teaching, employability, assessments and facilities, among other things. Students can attend as many sessions as they like to get a feel for which course is right for them.
Students are also invited to attend tours of the campus, any new or course-specific facilities, and student living accommodation.
Holly continued, “the tours were really helpful. Going to see the offsite accommodation made me feel more comfortable about moving away from home”.
“It’s really important to visit a university before you decide. A smaller campus suits me as you get to know everyone that little bit better.”
In addition, students who attend an open day get helpful advice on such things as perfecting their UCAS personal statements and passing compulsory entrance exams such as the QTS skills test. These sessions are delivered by current students who been through them and passed themselves.
Further to this, students are given advice on finance for both NHS and non-NHS courses and they get a taster for extra-curricular opportunities available on and off campus, nightlife and life in the city.
The university holds monthly tours to view its campuses. To book, visit the University of Cumbria website.