Outreach: Workshops and activities

At Hartpury, we can offer a range of workshops and programmes. They are all designed to widen participation in higher education by raising awareness and inspiring students to make their passion, their future.

We are aware of the importance of 'The Gatsby Benchmarks' used in schools to aid the best careers provision, so have made sure each of our activities link to, and support one or more of the criteria. The eight guidelines are listed in the table below.

Use our enquiry form to book onto any of our schools and colleges workshops listed below.

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Student finance and budgeting

Designed to introduce student finance, this presentation tackles common myths associated with higher education funding, and looks at smart ways to manage money. Highlighting the importance of Maths, students will have the opportunity to practise their budgeting skills and learn top money saving tips.

Year groups: 8, 9, 10, 11

Gatsby benchmarks: 4 5 7

University student finance explained

This presentation provides an in-depth look at financial support packages available from the Student Loans Company and universities. This includes tuition fee loans, maintenance loans, bursaries and scholarships. It also covers the application process, repayment process and eligible criteria.

Year groups: 11, 12, 13

Gatsby benchmarks: 4 5 7

Writing a personal statement

This goes through a step-by-step guide on what topics to discuss, the order of their content and how students can highlight their qualifications, skills and experience. It also covers how students identify their key attributes and how to utilise work experience and extracurricular activity to support a higher education application.

Year groups: 11, 12, 13

Gatsby benchmarks: 3 7

The UCAS journey

This talk allows students to understand the UCAS journey, including the important timeline of deadlines across the academic year and the step-by-step process of applying for university. The talk will provide valuable guidance and support on how to select the most appropriate university and how to pick suitable degree courses.

Year groups: 11, 12, 13

Gatsby benchmarks: 2 3 4 7

The CV workshop

This workshop is designed to help students create an impactful CV. Drawing on current employment market information, the session outlines the purpose and function of a CV, appropriate content and tips for design and layout.  The interactive activities allow learners to identify their own transferable skills, experience and interests – perfect for creating a great CV!

Year groups: 11, 12, 13

Gatsby benchmarks: 4 6 7

Choosing the right university 

This interactive presentation will explore how to choose the right university for you and how to narrow down your options from the vast choices that are now available to students. This will include looking at the different degree types (BSc, FdSc, MSc etc.) and identifying your course choice, city or rural location, distance and statistics/ awards.

Year groups: 10, 11, 12

Gatsby benchmarks: 3 7

Student life at Hartpury University

This presentation provides an insight into the daily life of students at Hartpury University, using specific examples from our students. This will include looking at timetables, their experiences of being a student and providing top tips for new students. This can be combined with our ‘Life at Hartpury University’ for a more general look into life at Hartpury.

Year groups: 10, 11, 12

Gatsby benchmarks: 3 7

Preparing for interviews

Interviews play a key role in becoming a successful candidate. Students attend formal interviews for colleges, universities, work placements and jobs. In this workshop, students will be provided with an overview of what to expect from an interview, how to prepare using a range of different techniques and what to do on the day.

Year groups: 10, 11, 12

Gatsby benchmarks: 7

Extended project qualification 

This interactive presentation outlines what the EPQ entails, benefits of undertaking the project, how to choose a topic and research techniques. It includes real-life examples of EPQ titles, source analysis (based on OCR guidance) and step-by-step direction on where and how to do research for this project.

Year groups: 11, 12

Gatsby benchmarks: 4 5 7

Life at Hartpury University

This presentation looks more broadly at life at Hartpury University, exploring Hartpury’s facilities for each subject area, accommodation and student support, events on campus and things to do in the local city of Gloucester and beyond. This can be combined with our ‘Student Life at Hartpury University’ presentation to provide a first-hand account from one of our students

Year groups: 10, 11, 12, 13

Gatsby benchmarks: 3 7

Interactive campus tour

Our Interactive Campus Tours give students the opportunity to see what Hartpury has to offer at both university and/or college level, as well as our specialist facilities. Students will benefit from opportunities to complete fun tasks to enhance their understanding of life as a university student, including fact finding, quizzes and word searches.

Year groups: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Gatsby benchmarks: 2 4 6 7

Having a healthy mindset at University 

This interactive presentation outlines the importance of mental resilience and managing anxiety during transitional stages of the student journey, explaining where anxiety comes from and the impact it can have on everyday lives. It will also provide practical tips designed to boost mindset and confidence.

Year groups: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Gatsby benchmarks: 5 7 8

Speaking with confidence 

This workshop has been specifically designed to help anyone and everyone to feel better about speaking in front of an audience, no matter the size. The workshop has been developed using a number of different styles of public speaking, and the techniques are delivered to, and practised in small groups. The workshop is led by Rich Whincup, Hartpury lecturer and inspirational speaker.

Year groups: 10, 11, 12, 13

Gatsby benchmarks: 3

Why go to University? Success stories

Feel inspired when watching this video on Chris Richardson who gained a degree in Strength and Conditioning. He now owns five pilates studios in and around London with 22 members of staff. His clients range from local residents to professional athletes, celebrities and models.

He puts a lot of his success down to the skills and experience he gained during his time at Hartpury University.

"Studying a degree at Hartpury can put you head and shoulders above other people in this industry. A lot of people might do a course for 12 weeks and become qualified but they don’t have the same level of knowledge as someone with a sports degree."  Chris Richardson

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School and College Assemblies

"Our Introduction to Hartpury" has been designed to be given as part of assemblies or workshops and can be tailored to suit your needs.
This will provide an overview of the courses available at Hartpury at college and/or university Level and the different qualification types available, as well as brief information on transport, accommodation and our facilities.

Year groups: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Gatsby benchmarks: 7

Find out more about career events

Post 16 Career Fairs

Is it your first time attending a career fair?

Not sure what to expect?

Career fairs offer the perfect opportunity to talk to a variety of different institutions about the various courses they have to offer. There will be a huge amount of information and stalls available to you, so we have compiled a list of top tips for attending these fairs to ensure that you get the most from the experience!

5 top tips

Frequently Asked Questions

Hartpury University and Hartpury College have a wide range of outstanding facilities, courses and student success stories.

If you haven't seen us at a UCAS fair or were unable to make your own school or college's career fair, we have picked our most popular asked questions at these events and put them onto one page.

Read through our frequently asked questions to see if we can answer any queries you have.

Outreach FAQ's

Use our enquiry form to book onto our workshops.