Year 12-13 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

Date: Negotiable

Year groups: 12-13 and Access students

Location: Derby or Chesterfield campus

Length of session: Negotiable

Description: Bring your Post-16 students to the University to learn more about student life and tour the campus. The following 'activities in schools’ can be delivered as part of an Information Day.

Learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Gatsby benchmarks: 2, 4, 7

Delivery method: On-campus

Book your Year 12 or 13 Information Day

Date: Thursday 17 March and 11 November

Year group: 12 and 13

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 academic life at university.   

Learning outcomes: 1, 3, 6

Gatsby benchmarks: 3, 7

Delivery method: In school, online or on-campus

Find out more about Think Reflect Succeed on the 11 November

Find out more about Think Reflect Succeed on the 17 March

Date: Negotiable

Year groups: 12-13

Location: Kedleston Road, Derby campus

Length of session: Full or half-day

Description: For students participating in the Extended Project Qualification, this event features workshops on presentation skills and how to use our library for research.

Learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Gatsby benchmarks: 7

Delivery method: On-campus or online

Book your EPQ Information Day

Date: Negotiable, however, mid-November to mid-January and April to July are preferable

Year groups: 12-13 and Access students

Location: Kedleston Road, Derby campus

Length of session: Flexible

Description: The library team welcomes you to explore the vast resources available in our academic library by way of tour, quiz, individual research, or workshops looking at using different sources and source reliability.

Learning outcome: 6

Gatsby benchmark: 7

Delivery method: On-campus

Book a visit to our library

There are lots of opportunities for students to explore our campus, in addition to school and college visits.

Your students can attend an Open Day to get a feel for the city and campus, meet our staff experts, tour our first-class facilities and our award-winning accommodation. To get a taste of what your students can expect at a University of Derby Open Day, take a look at the best bits from our event in July.

They can also book one of our Campus Tours, where they can take a guided tour of our campuses and visit our accommodation. 

Activities in school

Dates: Negotiable

Year group: 12-13, Access students and parents/carers

Location: In school/sixth form/college

Length of session: 1 hour

Description: We can deliver information, advice, and guidance talks virtually, in-person, or as pre-recorded content for your students to access at a time to suit them. We cover a range of topics, including: 

  • Personal statements: stand out from the crowd
  • How to choose: how to navigate the digital university search
  • Is university for me?
  • Student Finance: all you need to know
  • University survival: what happens once you've applied

Learning outcome: 4, 5 and 6

Gatsby benchmark: 7

Delivery method: In school, online, or as part of an on-campus visit

Book an information, advice, and guidance talk


Dates: Negotiable

Year groups: 12-13 and Access students

Location: In school/college

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 post-16 assessments, helping them manage exam anxiety.

Learning outcome: 3

Gatsby benchmark: 7

Delivery method: In school, online, or as part of an on-campus visit

Book your Wellbeing Works workshop

'Careers in...' talks

Are your students passionate about a subject, but don't know what their future career could look like? They can hear from our academic experts and current students, who will discuss the exciting careers on offer within the industry, and share their experiences studying and working in their chosen field.

'Making it Real' subject events

We have developed a suite of on-campus, virtual and on-demand events and activities for you to choose from. Giving you the opportunity to sculpt a package of activities that best suit the needs of your students.

These activities will open your students' eyes to how they can 'Make it Real' - from taster sessions in first-class facilities, meeting current students and successful alumni, to working on projects applying their knowledge to real-world challenges.  

Find out more about our subject-specific activities and events on our subject event pages.

Two students studying in a study space together at the University and writing notes.

I’ve learned to be more critical and the importance of evaluating in order to reflect on and improve my work

Student, Chellaston Academy
Online Y12 Think, Reflect, Succeed
Four students stood outside the halls of residence at the University of Derby.

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.

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