Taster courses

Our taster courses are designed to offer adult learners an insight into a range of subjects studied at the University.

COVID-19: We continue to closely monitor UK government guidelines. Applicants for our Building Academic Language and Literacy course will be notified if these guidelines impact on the way we need to deliver our teaching for this course.

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Courses we offer:

Building Academic Language and Literacy

This short taster course will develop your academic language and literacy skills. It will provide the ideal preparation for future study – for instance, you could go on to apply for a foundation year at the University of Bristol.

On the course, you will:

  • gain an awareness of what it is like to be a university student
  • develop your ability to think critically, take notes effectively, structure a written and spoken argument, and respond to feedback
  • learn to reflect on your learning and set goals.

Class size

You will study in small, supportive groups. Classes will be led by an expert tutor from the Centre for Academic Language and Development.

For the course to run, we will need a minimum of eight students.

Dates

The course will start the week of 24 January 2022 and finish the week of 7 March 2022. There will be six sessions in total, with a two-hour session every Wednesday from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

There will be no lesson during the half-term week, 21 to 25 February 2022.

Entry requirements

This course will focus on preparing you for higher education rather than on teaching you English. Therefore, if English is your second or additional language, you must be able to demonstrate your proficiency – for example, by telling us about your experience of using English.

Although you do not need a qualification, you will need to have an English language level equivalent to IELTS level 6.5.

Location

This face-to-face course will take place in Barton Hill, Bristol.

Application deadline

13 December 2021

How to apply

Apply for Building Academic Language and Literacy

Exploring Social Sciences

What is an “Identity”? How do we create one, as individuals or as a society?

In this 7-week course we will explore the theme of “identities” through different disciplines from within the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law. We will consider what it is like to study a Social Science course at the University of Bristol by exploring an aspect of identity through different disciplines such as Law, Sociology, Politics and Genealogy.

Topics may include:

  • ‘The conundrum of ethnicity? Multiple identities in the modern era.’ 
  • ‘Different Identities in Policy Studies.’
  • ‘Criminal identities.’

Each week will include a lecture and a discussion-based seminar. There will also be the opportunity to complete a piece of work reflecting on your learning on identities and their role in society.

This course may suit you if:

  • You enjoy learning, reading, or discussing new ideas.
  • You have thought about going to university but are not quite sure how to start.
  • You would like to experience a selection of taster lessons before considering further study. 

Participants who complete this course are eligible for a guaranteed interview for the Foundation Year in Arts and Social Sciences (Cert HE).

Materials will be available online. Each week, participants will watch a recorded lecture from home, and participate in seminar sessions on campus. Full support will be available to help participants access the videos and materials.

Timetable 

Tuesday evening

2 November – 14 December 2021

6.00 pm - 7.30 pm

Course fees

£70 (Please contact mature-taster-courses@bristol.ac.uk if this fee poses a concern)

How to apply

Applications for this course are currently closed.

Exploring Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) 

Engineers and scientists change the world. This 7-week taster course explores the impact of STEM professionals on some of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Led by colleagues from our Science and Engineering Faculties we’ll investigate how various disciplines can be used to improve the world around us. 

Participants who complete this course are eligible for a guaranteed invitation to the assessment centre for the forthcoming Foundation Year in STEM planned for 2022 entry. Information, advice, and support will be given to those students who are interested in applying to this programme, or to another undergraduate degree at Bristol. 

Topics may include: 

  • Affordable and clean energy 
  • Industry, innovation and infrastructure 
  • Climate action 

Each week will include a seminar discussion and/or group activity. You will also have access to online lectures from a specialist in the field. There will also be the opportunity to reflect on your learning and how it relates to wider contexts. 

This course may suit you if: 

  • You are interested in how Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics impacts the world. 
  • You have thought about going to university but are not quite sure how to start. 
  • You would like to experience a selection of taster lessons before considering further study.  

In-person sessions will be on campus in one of our Engineering buildings, complemented by online materials, and will contain elements of taught content, interaction with other participants, and opportunities to reflect and self-assess. 

Timetable 

Tuesday evening

2 November – 14 December 2021

6.00 pm - 7.30 pm

Course fees

£70 (Please contact mature-taster-courses@bristol.ac.uk if this fee poses a concern)

How to apply

Applications for this course are currently closed.

Contact us

If you have any questions about applying, get in touch:
mature-students@bristol.ac.uk
+44 (0)117 394 1048

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