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Year 12 Taster Days

Are you thinking about applying to university in 2018 or 2019? Do you want to try out being a university student for a day? Join our subject taster days to get first-hand experience of university life.

These days are designed for you to get hands on experience of your chosen subject area. You will meet other sixth form students considering Brunel, as well as spending time with current Brunel students studying your subject area. Taster Days allow you to:

  • Take part in hands-on workshops designed to showcase your subject area
  • Work with current students, and academic members of staff
  • Enjoy lunch in our Taste Kingdom with current students
  • Explore our campus with tours led by our current students

We are running the following Subject Taster Days in 2018: 

Electronic and Electrical Engineering - Wednesday 7 March 2018

Time: 10.30am to 3pm
Location: Eastern Gateway Building - Main Reception
Requirements: You must be studying a Maths, Science or Engineering course at sixth form or college to attend this taster day.

Taster Topic: Let's go to the edge of space!!
Dr. Banitsas will be explaining how you can send a mini-satellite into the beginning of space and take photos, videos and scientific measurements from up there. Join our taster day to find out how you can make such a mission a reality! This day includes practical sessions in our labs.

This taster day includes a campus and accommodation tour.

Book now!

 

Flood and Coastal Engineering and Civil Engineering - Wednesday 7 March 2018

Time: 10am to 3pm
Location: Eastern Gateway Building – Main Reception
Requirements: You must be studying towards Maths or Physics A-level, or Engineering BTEC to attend this taster day. 

Taster Topic: Flooding
Flooding affects millions worldwide. It ruins homes, destroys livelihoods and threatens lives. Civil engineers make our villages, towns and cities work for the people that live there.

This taster day includes a campus and accommodation tour.

Book now!

 

Maths - Thursday 8 March 2018

Time: 9.15am to 3.30pm
Location: Eastern Gateway Building – Main Reception
Requirements: You must be studying towards A-level Maths to attend this taster day

This is a taster day with a difference. You will be spending the day with your Maths buddy (a current maths student at Brunel). You will be attending two real lectures and taking part in a real lab session. Taking part in real courses will give you a good idea of what it's like to study Maths at Brunel. You’ll discover statistics and discrete maths.

Statistics is the science of collecting, analysing and interpreting data. The volume of data that is created and stored on modern computers just keeps growing, and so does the demand for statisticians in businesses, governments and academic institutions worldwide. In the statistics lecture you will be learning about hypothesis tests – what they are and how to carry out a simple one.

Discrete Maths is an exciting and increasingly-important area of mathematics that has a wide range of applications in computer science, economics and mathematics (of course). You will take part in a PC lab session and a lecture. We will be looking at a topic called 'Graph Theory' which facilitates the study of networks (e.g. internet applications like Facebook, the London tube system and much more). Prepare to be amazed!

 This taster day includes a campus and accommodation tour

 Book now!

 

Creative Writing - Wednesday 2 May 2018

Time: 10am to 3.15pm
Location: Eastern Gateway Building – Main Reception
Requirements: You must be studying towards English (Literature or Language) or Creative Writing A-Level to attend this taster day.

Taster Topic 1: Introducing Fiction
You will take part in creative writing exercises including visual, audio and artefact prompts as a way in to writing fiction & poetry

Taster Topic 2: In Making Poetry New
You will be encouraged to explore exciting radical ways to write bang-up-to-date poetry

This taster day includes a campus and accommodation tour

Book now!

 

English - Wednesday 2 May 2018

Time: 10am to 3.15pm
Location: Eastern Gateway Building – Main Reception
Requirements: You must be studying towards English (Literature or Language) A-Level to attend this taster day.

Taster Topic: ‘To Begin at the Beginning’ – a reading workshop
In practical terms, reading is an activity you have come to take for granted. Since language is all around us so is reading, from advertisements on buses, text messages, emails and now this handout, reading forms part of your constant engagement with the world. For the most part, this type of reading is peripheral and instrumental, that is, it is the method by which meaning is communicated, simply and effectively. When we read a literary text, however, we apply a greater degree of concentration, unpacking the author’s stylistic approach and the possible interpretations of the narrative.

Think about your approach to literary texts. How have you been taught to read as part of your previous studies? How have you been trained to respond to ‘literature’? We'll discuss why literary texts begin in the way they do and look closely at some examples in small groups.

During this taster day you will focus on developing a critical vocabulary, building up your capacity to discuss literary techniques with your peers. Apply what you learn in this session to all of your reading by paying careful attention to how texts begin.

This taster day includes a campus and accommodation tour.

Book now!

 

Film and Television - Wednesday 2 May 2018

Time: 10am to 3.15pm
Location: Eastern Gateway Building – Main Reception

Taster Topic 1: Storyboards and Novels
During this taster, you will read a short extract from a novel or short story and then do a storyboard based on it.

Taster Topic 2: Special Effects in Cinema
This taster will explore special effect in cinema.

This taster day includes a campus and accommodation tour.

Book now!

 

Games Design - Wednesday 2 May 2018

Time: 10am to 3.15pm
Location: Eastern Gateway Building – Main Reception

Taster Topic: Designing a game:
During this taster you will be involved in a practical workshop in designing and making games.

This taster day includes a campus and accommodation tour.

Book now!

 

Journalism - Wednesday 2 May 2018

Time: 10am to 3.15pm
Location: Eastern Gateway Building – Main Reception

Taster Topic: Interviewing and News Skills
Join this practical taster day for a chance to try our your interviewing and news skills. You’ll take part in our Journalism Treasure Hunt. We'll also publish your results on our website IBK Insider.

This taster day includes a campus and accommodation tour.

Book now!

 

Music - Wednesday 2 May 2018

Time: 10am to 3.15pm
Location: Eastern Gateway Building – Main Reception
Requirements: Music A-level is not required to take part in this day, but you must have a passion for music, and play an instrument. You will need to bring your instrument (any instrument) with you for this taster day.

Taster Topic 1: The Rise of the Digital Music Instrument
During this taster session you will be making and playing hidden and unheard instruments with Dr Carl Faia, Admissions Tutor and Lecturer in Digital Programmes.

Taster Topic 2: Genre Collision
This is an all-comers workshop Led by Peter Wiegold, based on the work he does with the Brunel Fusion Orchestra.

This taster day includes a campus and accommodation tour.

Book now!

 

Theatre - Wednesday 2 May 2018

Time: 10am to 3.15pm
Location: Eastern Gateway Building – Main Reception

Taster Topic: Acting and devising workshop
During this practical taster day, you will be trying out your acting skills.

This taster day includes a campus and accommodation tour.

Book now!

 

Please note, Taster Days are exclusively for students. Teachers and advisors bringing groups of students are also welcome to attend.  

Subject Taster Days are organised by the Schools and Colleges Team, please contact schoolvisits@brunel.ac.uk if you have any questions.