Talks and Workshops


Our programme can be delivered on campus, virtually or in person at your school or college. Our sessions are designed to enable students to make informed decisions about progression to Higher Education. These can be tailored to suit the class size, year group and time available. Workshops are run by staff from the Future Students team often with Student Ambassadors supporting the session.

We are committed to providing a safe and secure environment for students and staff, read our Working digitally with your students guide for more information.

Please browse the talk options below, we are able to combine sessions and themes as necessary, or if there is something specific you require please get in touch.

For specific subject sessions please visit our Expert Experience range of opportunities.

Choosing a course

Choosing a course can be a stumbling block for some students. This session focuses on the key factors students should look out for when decision making. This can be delivered to students early in the decision making process and to those not so sure, with starter hints and tips. Alternatively, we can help students further down the process who have already started some course research and are deciding on the final five for their UCAS application.

Duration: 30 minutes to 1 hour

Choosing a university

Universities range in opportunities, specialism and ethos. Different types may be the best at what they do but may offer a very different student experience. This talk will highlight where students might consider studying (distance from home), university accommodation, academic and social facilities and the importance of research. It will also recommends getting out and visiting universities through open day experiences and taster events.

Duration: 20 minutes to 45 minutes

The benefits of Higher Education

This talk is particularly useful for students who may not have considered going to university. It outlines the reasons for further study and explains some of the places students can get started in researching if it’s a route for them. It also highlights some of the myths associated with applying to university.

Duration: 30 minutes to 1 hour

The UCAS Application Process

This acts as an introduction to all aspects of the application process including: setting up Apply, what UCAS Track is all about and what happens once an application is sent. This can also consider UCAS Extra and Clearing.

Duration: 20 minutes to 1 hour

Student Finance

Acts an overview of the financial support available, including the latest information on tuition fee loans, maintenance loans, student loan repayment, budgeting and how to plan ahead for managing finances. It also ensures students are aware of scholarships and bursaries they can access.

Duration: 30 minutes to 1 hour

Personal Statements

Talk: Writing a Personal Statement
Personal Statement writing can be a key focus for students. This talks acts as guide to what admissions tutors are looking for in a statement, common mistakes to avoid and how students can make the most of their strengths and experiences. This can be tailored to focus on skills gained for an audience studying vocational courses, e.g. BTEC, CTEC, Cache. Alternatively it can be delivered with a particular degree in mind, e.g. Education, Social Work, Law etc.

Duration: 30 minutes to 1 hour

Workshop: Personal Statement Crafting and Checking
For those students who have already created a draft statement (at any stage), this session focuses on improving their writing style, engaging the reader, prioritising information and creating a strong memorable ending.
We can also offer a personal statement checking on a one to one basis for your students.

Duration: 30 minutes to 1 hour (one-to-one support can be arranged to suit your schools arrangements, e.g. lunchtime slot or whole day)

How to make the most of an Open Day / UCAS Exhibition

The University of Winchester is a UCAS Exhibition host venue and our team have a great deal of experience in supporting students during their visits. This session is to encourage students to attend a broad range university events, so they can compare the experience and atmosphere of various providers. With hints and tips of what to look out for on the day and questions they should ask.

Duration: 20 minutes to 45 minutes

Next Steps – Now you have applied for university

Designed for those students who have applied for university to get them thinking about the next steps in the process. This includes applying for accommodation and finance as well as responding to offers. Also what happens if they change their mind about their application, decide to defer or use clearing or adjustment.

Duration: 20 minutes to 45 minutes

EPQ and Research Skills

An introduction and overview of the Extended Project Qualification, EPQ. This session highlights the benefits of the qualification and gets students thinking about how the skills gained can be of benefit in further study. There is also a focus on independent research techniques and how they can use their EPQ to impress university admissions tutors.

Duration: 20 minutes to 45 minutes

Interview Preparation

This session helps students prepare themselves for interview, outlining some of the techniques used by universities. This session has previously been ran for the programmes with interview requirements such as primary teaching, drama based courses and in future will reflect new courses being offered at Winchester from 2019 in Physiotherapy and Nursing (adult).

Duration: 20 minutes to 45 minutes

Transition to HE

This session looks at the challenges of starting university, moving away from home and the likely differences of university to school or college. The session will think about resilience for study and developing techniques to work through change and challenges to build resilience.

Duration: 30 minutes to 1 hour

Student life

An opportunity to hear directly from our student ambassadors about a range of topics such as making friends, student accommodation, academic life and budgeting. This would usually include a question and answer session for students to ask any questions to current Winchester students.

Duration: 30 minutes to 1 hour

Degree Apprenticeships

Degree apprenticeship programmes are designed in collaboration with employers. This talk will explain what they are, how and when students apply and also the pros and cons of applying. It will highlight the opportunities at Winchester as well as signpost students to where and when to start their research.

Duration: 30 minutes to 1 hour

Talks available for parents/guardians

We are able to offer a range of sessions for parents and guardians to suit your setting. We have found when offered as an option alongside parents evening appointments or as standalone events, parents are often keen to gain more information about higher education.

  • Applying for university
  • Student Finance (including bursaries and scholarships)
  • Degree Apprenticeships


An interactive workshop that helps students to prepare for university. They focus is on completing a game, aiming to manage and budget money over a number of scenarios. It also looks at costs of living they may not have considered and ways of earning money at university.

Duration: 20 minutes to 45 minutes


Post 18 options: What is available?

Thinking about all the opportunities once leaving school or college, includes gap year planning guidance, employment and training routes, apprenticeship pathways as well as deferred entry advice.

Duration: 20 minutes to 45 minutes

Careers fairs and open evenings

If you are organising an event at your school or college our enthusiastic team can offer impartial advice about careers, subject choices, progression routes, and information about the University of Winchester at your event. Please contact us via or call +44 (0) 1962 827185 to arrange.