Masterclasses give students the opportunity to explore academic subjects of interest beyond what's covered in the school curriculum.

Masterclasses will be delivered by a leading member of academic staff. Specifically designed for students studying A-levels and other level 3 qualifications, our masterclasses offer an insight into undergraduate study and encourage topical debate.

Plus, students who complete a masterclass will be awarded up to 24 UCAS points.*

* The reduction will be applied on application and points cannot be redeemed retrospectively, if you have already applied to the University. They can only be redeemed against University of Cumbria courses linked to the masterclass.

Check out our masterclasses below. Please note: Booking is essential as places are limited!

Off-campus masterclasses

Masterclasses can also be delivered in your school or college. A selection of those available can be found below. Please contact us to book a session or request additional subject areas.


How to shine in auditions and interviews

This workshop looks at how to perform at your best when under pressure.

It will help participants to consider body language, breathing, voice projection and confidence as well as selecting audition materials.

Although it is conceived for performing arts students, it can be adapted for any interview situation.

Led by people with experience of interviewing and auditioning hundreds of performers – we will share information and advice from inside the process.

A 10-page guide full of top-tips is also available.


Human Geography: Railway Development and urban change

Throughout the Nineteenth Century new railway lines began to emerge all over Britain having wide ranging economic and social effects. In this activity we will investigate this through the construction of Victorian rail networks in South East Cumbria on the settlement of Kirkby Stephen.  

Students will have the opportunity to use Population Census data, historical maps and photographs to analyse, graphically, trends in population and settlement in Kirkby Stephen. The session will end with a discussion of how these social changes might be applied to the arrival of the new HS2 in southern and northern England proposed by the Government.

This session parallels themes explored in Changing Places Unit of the AQA Geography syllabus.

The school / college will need to provide calculators, graph and lined paper.

Physical Geography: Flood hydrographs and drainage basins

Flooding is becoming a major challenge for twenty first century Britain and as such it is important for geographers to appreciate how various characteristics of drainage basins affect activities down valley. 

This workshop aims to compare the properties of two Lake District drainage basins and how they differently affect the shape of the flood hydrograph further down catchment in the settlement of Ambleside. 

Activities can include: identifying watersheds and stream order; calculating bifurcation ratios, drainage density and basin shape (circularity & elongation); mapping of land use using Ordnance Survey and Google™ Maps and drawing a flood hydrograph from a discharge station in Ambleside. We end by linking these data sources together to determine how the Rydal and Easedale catchments perform in terms of flood management and what we could do to make them more effective in future.

The school / college will need to provide calculators, graph and lined paper.


University of Cumbria, policing courses are designed to meet the needs of students considering careers in policing and our courses are accredited by College of Policing. The role of the investigator is a central theme to the policing programme and during this session we will look into that role in more detail.

Using material from the course we will examine how eye witness accounts may provide an important source of information to enquires as well as understanding how witnesses observe events is vital to the investigator. We will examine observation skills followed by an exploration of how the interviewer can seek such information and considering how this contributes to an investigation.


Mock trial

The University of Cumbria Law School in Carlisle would like to invite your year 12 and 13 students interested in the study of law and those interested in public speaking and advocacy to a mock trial training session. We are able to host a mock trial experience in your college for one to two hours, depending on the suitability for your students.

We are very proud of the standard of education and support we offer on our law programme. Our academic excellence at Cumbria is demonstrated by some key performance indicators:

  • Ranked 2nd law school in the UK for student satisfaction for tutor feedback 2017
  • Ranked 2nd University in the UK for graduate success in employability (97%)
  • 90% National Student Satisfaction, 2016

We would also like to encourage young people to think about the value of having knowledge in law and how law impacts on every aspect of our daily personal and professional lives. As such, we would like to deliver a talk after the mock trial. We are happy to tailor our sessions to fit your curriculum and the students’ career needs.

Learning Disabilities Nursing

Learning Disabilities Nursing

This interactive session is led by current learning disabilities nursing students at the University of Cumbria. 

The session will enable your students to learn a little about neurodevelopmental conditions such as learning (intellectual) disability and autism spectrum conditions. 

Our students will provide an overview of the role of the learning disabilities nurse, talk about their experiences on the course, and discuss their future career options. There will also be an opportunity for your students to ask any questions they may have about learning disabilities nursing, and studying at the University of Cumbria.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapists help people to reclaim their lives following illness, accident or due to challenges in everyday living. Through engaging in meaningful and purposeful activities people are enabled and empowered to live more independent and rewarding lives.

This workshop will enable students to experience practical activities and treatment interventions that are used by occupational therapists in real life. For instance, you may have a go at food preparation whilst managing an impairment; practise using some adaptive equipment; do some problem solving to help overcome an everyday challenge caused by a disability; or take part in a creative activity. 

You would experience a core skill of occupational therapy of designing therapeutic interventions and then grading and adapting activities to match people’s abilities in order to them to do the things they need and want to do. 

In addition to the practical experiences we will also be explaining how these activities may help people in their recovery from illness, or in managing a long term health condition. This session will link well to topics on the curriculum such as understanding occupation and foundations in occupational therapy.


How do we use psychology in the Criminal Justice System?

During this session students will learn about how psychology is used within several areas of the Criminal Justice System including at the point of investigation, prosecution and rehabilitation.  The interactive session will involve an exploration of how forensic psychology helps us to understand why people get involved in criminal behaviour, the issues with relying on eye witness testimony, and how mental disorders can impact on sentencing. Activities include a geographical profiling exercise and case study work. The session will link well with topics on the curriculum including criminal behaviour, abnormal psychology and psychopathology.

Social Work

Social workers support people of all ages to improve their health and well-being. They build relationships to help and empower individuals and families to make important choices about their lives. Social workers work with people through difficult times and play a leading role in ensuring that vulnerable people, including children and adults are safeguarded from harm.  

This interactive session will enable students to learn more about the role of a social worker and explore some of the different contexts in which social work takes place, with adults or children and families. Activities included will also encourage students to consider the range of knowledge, skills, values and qualities required to be a social worker.


Practical Sport Workshops

A question and answer session focussed on the merits of studying sport at university, followed by a short interactive workshop on one of the following topics:

  1. Fitness training principles (FIDORS) with a practical focus on overload and adaptation.
  2. Energy systems.
  3. A sport development topic; either sport & social exclusion, inclusive sport or sport & health improvement.

Working with Children and Families

Who supports children, young people and families?

This session will enable students to learn about the diverse type of work involved in supporting children, young people and families inclusive of nurseries, children’s centres, schools, youth projects, family work and more. The interactive session will be an exploration of how a range of professional’s approach ‘play’ with people 0-25.

A group dialogue will help you consider how the environment people live in can affect their approach to play. Key themes are families, education, peers and aspirations, focussing on why these may highlight differences in individuals and families exist. The activity is an analysis of a case study and an opportunity to be part of active, experiential learning through play based activities.

This session will link well to topics on the curriculum including: development, health, social care, social policy, psychology and citizenship.

Youth and Community Work

How do we use youth work to support vulnerable young people? 

Students will learn how youth work is used to support a range of vulnerable young people who may be; in the criminal justice system, in poverty, in gangs, looked after, young carers, sexually exploited, trafficked etc.

The interactive session will involve an exploration of how youth work helps engagement, relationships, trust, and the personal development of young people. Activities include an exercise on stigma and exclusion and use of practical youth work tools.

The session will link well with topics on the curriculum including citizenship, personal development and psychology.

Contact us

If you are interested in booking any of these fantastic workshops, please contact the School and College Liaison Team.

Phone: 01228 616333