Information for parents and carers
Taster Courses are a valuable way to inform decisions about what comes after college or sixth-form study as well as helping with career decision making.
Benefits of attending a taster course
- Enable young people to try out university: Taking a short taster course is a safe, free and commitment-free way to see if being a student, or that particular university, might suit them.
- Inform planning: University requires a big investment of academic effort as well as a financial investment; this is a way to ensure that they are making an informed decision.
- Help with subject choice: Young people can use a taster course to check if a subject they already like will suit them, or try something completely new (Pharmacology, Biomedical Engineering, Veterinary Nursing, East European Languages, and so on).
- Demonstrate what London is like for a student: it’s helpful for young people to get a feel for what being a student in London would be like, and maybe compare this to visiting universities elsewhere.
- Support university applications: Young people can use the experience in a variety of other ways: to inform their thinking, include by reflecting on it in their UCAS personal statement or to discuss with parents, carers or a careers adviser.
- Get a feel for the university premises: some taster courses allow students to visit their facilities, including sporting, social and other facilities.
- Meet others: Young people will get the chance to meet with other students on the taster course and undergraduate students studying at the university.