The University of Sheffield has a number of free, online taster courses to help you try a subject, meet academic staff and get a taste of university life. Even if higher education isn't your final aim, they can also be used to support your career development and professional ambitions.


These no-obligation courses are an excellent way to evidence your learning and interest in a topic, especially when considering an application to university.

Our free taster courses

Robotics: Building a Future with Robots

Explore the role of robots and autonomous systems in the factories, homes, hospitals, schools and cars of our near future.

Dentistry: Introduction to Dentistry

An entertaining and illuminating course for everyone to explore the impact dentistry has on our lives.

English Literature:  Literature of the English Country House

Take a journey through the literature of English country houses, from the time of Thomas More to Oscar Wilde.

Law: Crime, Justice and Society

Explore the role of the state in regulating criminal behaviour and the parts played by those in the criminal justice system.

Forensics: Forensic Facial Reconstruction

Learn about the forensic technique of facial reconstruction from the experts involved in a real crime case.

Engineering: How to Write a Technical Report

Get an introduction to technical report writing. Find out how to communicate your ideas through well-written engineering reports.

Careers: How to Get a Job

This three-week course will help you produce a perfect CV, application and online profile when applying for a job or course.

Data: Making Sense of Data in the Media

Learn what numbers reveal, when and why they mislead, and how to spot fake news.

Health Economics: How Do Treatments Get Funded?

Learn how patient-reported outcome measures and quality-adjusted life years can compare treatments and inform health spending.

Social Sciences: The Importance of Play in Everyday Life

Understanding the nature and value of play through the course of our lives, across cultures and communities.

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