On-campus subject tasters

Our on-campus subject taster sessions help students experience what it's like to study at the University of Sheffield.

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Is this session right for me?

If you're a year 12 or 13 student, and you'd like to attend one of taster sessions on our campus, this is the right session for you. You'll visit campus and join a session in one of our learning and teaching spaces.

We are continually releasing new taster sessions, register your interest and we will notify of new sessions as they become available.

Register your interest

Upcoming sessions

Subject Session Title Date Link
Adult Nursing Nursing: Preparing a Patient for a Procedure Friday 19th May 2023, 10am - 12pm Find out more about our Adult Nursing taster day
Chemistry Be a chemistry student for the day: synthesising and analysing aspirin Wednesday 31st May 2023, 9.30am - 4.15pm Find out more about our Chemistry taster day
Physics  Particle Physics: Find a particle at the LHC Tuesday 28th March 2023, 9am - 4.15pm Find out more about our Particle Physics taster day

Browse our past sessions

See which subjects take part by browsing our past on-campus sessions.

Previous on-campus subject taster sessions

Automatic Control and Systems Engineering

Material Science and Engineering


Help with travel costs

The Access+ Travel Bursary is available to eligible students who are travelling to attend an on-campus subject taster day. Please see full criteria and how to apply.


What is a taster day?

Taster days provide students with a fantastic opportunity to come and visit the University of Sheffield and participate in a full day's subject specific activity delivered by current academic and students.

Who are taster days aimed at?

The project is open to applications from all Y12 & Y13 students from all areas of the UK. We welcome applications from any interested students. It should be noted that as most of our courses have A Level entry requirements of no lower than BBB (or equivalent) we will be targeting students who have the potential to achieve these grades, or higher - based on predicted/expected grades.

 Any pupil from any region of the UK is considered suitable based on their academic profile.

What is the application process?

For each taster day we require students to complete our application form which asks for (amongst other details):

Year group, school name, level of study and which subjects are being studied

We do not accept group bookings as each place is decided on merit and desire to attend the taster day (based on their 250 word statement).

The University of Sheffield will contact each student, usually 3 weeks before the event, to let them know if they have been successful in their application and then again with further details of the event (meeting point, itinerary, etc).

  • Predicted grades
  • Chosen (or likely) subject choice at university
  • Statement of no more than 250 words about why you would like to attend the taster day
Are pupils guaranteed a place if they apply early enough?

Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee places for all applicants as each pupil must meet the minimum academic criteria in order to be eligible to participate in the day.

What happens if there are more applications than there are places available on the taster day? 

In the event that there are more applications than there are available spaces, the taster day team will assess all application forms and make decisions on the most suitable candidates based on pre-determined scoring criteria.

Will you contact the pupil's school/teacher to let them know who will be attending the taster day?

We will not contact schools with details of any students who have been successful in gaining a place on the taster day. This would be the responsibility of the individual attending.

Schools and school teachers may be aware of the taster days as we regularly send details of upcoming events (including taster days) for them to disseminate to their pupils.

How long is a taster day?

Taster days duration can vary depending on which department is delivering them. However, timings usually mirror a school day - with a slightly later start to allow pupils from further afield to get to Sheffield in good time. A good example of an itinerary is below:

10.00 - 10.30 Arrivals and registration
10.30 - 10.45 Welcome and Introduction to Geography at Sheffield
10.45 - 12.00 Changing Places workshop: Kelham Island - whose regeneration?
12.00 - 13.00

Lunch with Sheffield Geography students

13.00 - 14.00 Our living laboratory: Sheffield and the Peak District tour
14.00 - 15.00 Laboratory practical: water from where?
15.00 - 15.30 Conclusions, Q&A and departure
What happens if a taster day is cancelled on the day (bad weather etc)?

When your place is confirmed we will ask you to confirm your attendance and to also provide further details, for example (mobile number, emergency contact details, dietary requirements etc). If an event is cancelled we will contact students directly to let them know - either by email, or if an event is cancelled within 48 hours contact will be by phone.

Will lunch be provided?

Some departments may provide lunch, others may ask you to bring something with you, or purchase something whilst you are on campus. Either way, you will be given all the appropriate details in your confirmation and follow emails prior to the event.

Can pupils book onto more than one taster day?

Yes. Pupils can register for as many taster days as they like. However, in order to be selected they must meet minimum academic criteria. We would also expect that pupils would have a genuine interest in studying (or potentially studying) the subject at University. For example, we would not prioritise applications from pupils applying to come on a Chemistry taster day who wish to study Medicine at university. In this instance the stronger applications would be from those who state their subject choice at university to be Chemistry, or a Chemistry related subject.

What if I don’t know what I want to study at university?

We fully appreciate that not all students will know exactly what they want to study yet. However, pupils should be able to demonstrate fully in the 250 word statement why they are interested in attending a specific taster day. Which will then help us understand their reasoning for wanting to attend.

Can school groups book on to taster days?

We take bookings from individuals as opposed to school groups and we would expect that each application form is completed by the pupil and not their teacher. It is often the case that there may be several pupils from the same school on the same taster day, but each would have completed the application form separately.

Can I contact anybody to find out more about taster days generally?

Of course. Please feel free to contact the team via email tasterdays@sheffield.ac.uk or by phone 0114 2222 9872.

What do I need to bring on the day?

We will contact you by email closer to the time, to let you know what you need to bring on the day for your particular session.

How do I get to Sheffield?

Maps and travel information can be found here. Sheffield and the University have excellent public transport links, and we encourage visitors to take advantage of these wherever possible. The University has a tram stop, is a twenty-minute walk from Sheffield train station, and is well served by the local bus network.

Where can I park?

We recommend that visitors use the Q Park at Durham Road. The Students' Union building is visible to your right as you exit the car park. Explore details of other car parking options.

I am a blue badge holder and will be travelling to the University by car. Where can I park?

We recommend using one of the 32 blue-badge parking spaces available in the Q Park at Durham Road. An additional 20 blue-badge parking spaces are available in the Q park at Rockingham Street. Alternatively, you can park in any of the blue badge bays available on campus.

Do you have disabled access?

All our venues have disabled access. If you have any accessibility or additional support requirements to facilitate your full participation in the event, please detail these on the booking form. If you require any assistance on the day, our staff and student ambassadors are there to help. Our Disability and Dyslexia Support Service can also offer further advice on the support that will be available during your studies at Sheffield.

I am travelling to Sheffield by train. How do I get to the University from the station?

Sheffield Railway Station is situated approximately a mile and a half away from the University of Sheffield. It is advisable to catch either a tram or a bus to the campus. 

Trams run directly from the station to the University every 12 minutes. You need to catch the blue line heading towards Malin Bridge and get off at the University of Sheffield tram stop. The journey time is approximately nine minutes. 

The main University of Sheffield campus is easily accessible by public transport. From the transport Interchange (opposite the station), a range of buses go to and from this area, including the 30, 120, 123, 51 and 52 and all pass by the University. 

What is the University doing to keep the community safe from Covid-19?

You can read more information about this on our Covid-19 web pages.

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