Year 10-11 activities

Over the last academic year, the Widening Access team has adapted our sessions to ensure we can continue to deliver to a high standard despite the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. As a result, we now have a range of activities that can be delivered in an online setting.

The method of delivery will be indicated underneath each activity listed throughout our activity guide. We are happy to be flexible with our delivery methods so please indicate this to your Widening Access Officer when booking on to any activity. Please note that activities initially intended to run on-campus or in-school may need to be delivered online, dependent on changes to government guidelines in the next academic year.

Events at the University

Dates: Tuesday 9 November 2021 and Tuesday 15 March 2022

Year group: 10

Location: Kedleston Road, Derby (or in school on a bespoke date, subject to availability)

Length of session: Full day

Description: These events focus on equipping students with the necessary independent learning skills for their current and future studies. Throughout the day we will focus on reflective thinking, metacognition and encourage your learners to develop their academic skills. This will engage them in understanding how they think and prepare them for higher-level learning. 

Learning outcomes: 1, 3, 6

Gatsby benchmarks: 3, 7

Delivery method: Online, in school or on-campus

Find out more about Think Reflect Succeed on the 9 November

Find out more about Think Reflect Succeed on the 15 March

Date: Thursday 10 February 2022 and Thursday 17 February 2022

Year group: 10

Location: Thursday 10 February 2022 (Chesterfield) or Thursday 17 February 2022 (Derby)

Length of session: Full day

Description: This day offers students the opportunity to explore course and career options within the fields of health, psychology, and social care. Students will have access to our fantastic healthcare facilities through a range of taster sessions. Healthcare professionals will be on hand to share their expertise and provide an insight into the sector.

Learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 6

Gatsby benchmarks: 2, 4, 5, 7

Delivery method: On-campus or online

Find out more about the Health, Psychology, and Social Care Insight Day on the 10 February

Find out more about the Health, Psychology, and Social Care Insight Day on the 17 February

Dates: Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 June 2022

Year group: 10

Location: Kedleston Road and Markeaton Street, Derby

Length of event: Two full days

Description: This two-day non-residential summer school gives male students the opportunity to experience the academic and social sides of university, working with positive male role models to inspire them to aspire to higher education.

Learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6

Gatsby benchmarks: 2, 7

Delivery method: On-campus

Book your place on the HE Can Summer School

Dates: Tuesday 12 July to Thursday 14 July 2022

Year group: 10

Location: University of Derby (Kedleston Road)

Length of event: Three full days

Description: The Year 10 Summer School is an exciting 3-day event held at the University of Derby. Students work with staff and student ambassadors to experience life at university, including subject taster sessions, team-building activities, inspirational talks, and a graduation ceremony.

Learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6

Gatsby benchmarks: 2, 7

Delivery method: On-campus

Find out more about the Year 10 Summer School

Date: Wednesday 16 February 2022

Year group: 10-12

Location: Kedleston Road, Derby

Length of session: Full day

Description: Students with experience of care and their carers are invited for a personalised visit to the University. On the day students will find out more about the additional support available as a care-experienced student, meet current students and engage in interactive taster sessions.

Delivery method: On-campus

Learning outcomes: 1, 4 and 6

Gatsby benchmarks: 2 and 7

Find out more about the LAC Experience Day

Date: Negotiable

Year group: 10

Location: Derby Campus or Chesterfield

Length of session: Full day

Description: Your students have the opportunity to learn about university life from our current students and tour the facilities. Also available to smaller groups at our Markeaton Street site, home to our arts, engineering, and technology courses.

Learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6

Gatsby benchmarks: 2, 7

Delivery method: On-campus

Book your Year 10 Experience Day

Activities in school

Date: Negotiable

Year groups: 10 or 11

Location: In school

Length of session: 1 hour

Description: This workshop focuses on supporting your students with their mental and physical wellbeing but also provides advice on how they can look after themselves in the run-up to their GCSEs, helping them manage exam anxiety.

Learning outcome: 3

Gatsby benchmarks: 2, 7

Delivery method: In school or online

Book your 'Wellbeing Works' workshop

Date: Negotiable

Year Group: all years

Location: Negotiable

Length of session: Negotiable

Description: Our team is always happy to come along to HE fairs, parents evenings, and options evenings to talk to your students and their families about university. If you have any events you would like us to attend, please get in touch.

Learning outcomes: 1, 5

Gatsby Benchmarks: 2, 7, 5, 8

Delivery method: In school, online, or pre-recorded

Invite the Widening Access team to your HE Fair or Options Evening

year 11 pupils receiving additional maths support

Really detailed session with a lot of crucial and relevant information. Overall, a great session - thank you

Teacher, Landau Forte College
Y10 Wellbeing Works
Four students sat in a classroom making paper airplanes out of paper.

Book an activity

Our on-campus, in-school, and virtual activities provide key information about higher education and alternative progression routes. They have been designed to support attainment and help people make an informed decisions regarding their future.

Email wateam@derby.ac.uk to book an activity.Email wateam@derby.ac.uk to book an activity.