The week before Christmas saw the whole of year 9 spend a day at the University of Bedfordshire finding out about university life, meeting students and trying out facilities!
The aim is to show year 9’s what life as an undergraduate could be like and hopefully help them set their academic sights on achieving their potential and getting a degree.
This is the first time we have visited this university and the whole team were really welcoming and helpful. The campus is located in the centre of Luton and we were able to see lecture theatres, the library and of course, most importantly, a student bedroom which was very compact and an eye watering £120 per week.
Students took part in a range of activities which helped them link a degree course to a GCSE choice and also to a career in that area. They tried out Sports Science, Art, Drama and even tried Architecture, as they worked together to design the perfect university campus out of lego. For example as part of a Sports Science degree they got to try out some health profiling activities such as measuring each other’s heart rates, blood pressure, strength etc.
Students also got to know the university team who looked after us, they shared their stories about making their own GCSE choices as well as what life as a student is like.
Our students were enthusiastic and well behaved and we hope they will remember the day. The university team asked them at the beginning of the day if they wanted to to go to university one day and then asked them the same question at the end of the day. It was good to see that numbers had crept up to 67% saying they do want to go, 21% thinking about it and only 12% saying no.
We look forward to returning again next year with our current year 8 students.
The Connexions Team