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Workshops

We are excited to offer our ‘Discover’ workshop series to your school/college. Our offer encompasses a suite of interactive presentations that aim to inform young people about higher education opportunities and support them to make well-informed decisions about their future education. All workshops are free, can be integrated into you school day and are delivered by certified SUN facilitators.

hOW LONG ARE THE SESSIONS?

40-45 minutes delivery followed by 5-10 minutes for questions and answers.

HOW WILL THEY BE DELIVERED?

We have a flexible hybrid offer and we are able to deliver either in-person or virtually.

If you would prefer a virtual workshop, we can deliver in a variety of ways; live-streaming to the front of a class (one screen), live-streaming to the front of a class in multiple classrooms, or live-streaming directly to individual student terminals.

WHAT THEMES CAN i CHOOSE FROM?

Click the headings below to see more information about each workshop.

PRE-16 Workshop Offers | Years 9 – 11

The Discover Apprenticeships workshop is an interactive session designed to inform students of the different levels and sectors of apprenticeships available. The session aims to inspire students to research the skills and qualifications required for an apprenticeship and consider potential progression routes.

THE SESSION COVERS:

  • Explores the different apprenticeship levels and apprenticeship sectors
  • Considers the skills required for specific apprenticeships
  • Delves into the finer details of apprenticeships, levels, requirements and finances
  • Know how to research further information about a chosen apprenticeship

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Suitable for (Years 10-11)
2, 3, 7

The Discover Money Explorer workshop is an interactive session that helps students to develop an awareness of budgeting and why it is important. Through engaging online activities, students will expand their understanding of what they may need to budget for in the future. The workshop explains funding options for university and introduces the Money Explorer website.

THE SESSION COVERS:

  • Explain what budgeting is and why it is important
  • Demonstrate using Money Explorer to help with budgeting
  • Develop an understanding of what financial support is available
  • Investigate what part time jobs are available and what the benefits are

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Suitable for (Years 9-10)
2, 3, 7

Discover T-Levels is a workshop designed to provide students with an overview of the new Technical Level qualification and aims to inform students that T Levels are a new level 3 career-focused (vocational) alternative to A Levels. The workshop will also introduce students to other aspects such as T-Level sectors/subjects, application process, course structure and higher education progression after T-Levels.

THE SESSION COVERS:

  • Introduction to T Levels and where they sit within the qualification system
  • Understanding the key facts and the structure of a T Level including Industry Placements.
  • Learn more about T Level roll-out and it being a realistic post-16 (level 3) choice and signposting where to go for further information

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Suitable for (Years 10-11)
2, 3, 7

Discover Your Career is a workshop designed to get students thinking about their future careers. This workshop gets students to consider their current and future skills, qualifications, and career options to help guide their future decisions. This also explores what students can get involved in to help them to become more employable and work towards their career goals.

SESSION COVERS:

  • Identify their individual skills and the skills they need to succeed in education
  • Discover different qualifications they can gain after leaving school
  • Explore the many jobs and job sectors available to them in the future
  • Find out more about Career websites that can support them with future planning.

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Suitable for (Years 10-11)
2, 3, 7

The Discover Your Options workshop enables students to explore different options and qualifications available to them after their GCSEs (and beyond). This session has a particular focus on further and higher education providers, and explains a range of Level 3 – Level 6 qualifications. This workshop helps students explore how they learn best, and which route may suit them.

THE SESSION COVERS:

  • Encourages students to start thinking about their future and what’s important to them
  • Explores the differences between Level 2, 3 and 4 qualifications
  • Learn more about further education, apprenticeships and higher education
  • Enables students to make informed choices about their future and know where to go for further support

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Suitable for (Years 9-11)
3, 7

Post-16 Workshop Offers | Years 12 – 13

This post-16 Discover Apprenticeships workshop builds upon the pre-16 workshop, and has more of an emphasis on the apprenticeships available to students at Level 4+ (which are the higher and degree level apprenticeships).  The session aims to inform students that progression at higher education can be obtained via the apprenticeship route and aims to inspire students to research the skills and requirements to achieve an apprenticeship and consider it as a viable educational progression route.

THE SESSION COVERS:

  • Explores the different apprenticeship levels and apprenticeship sectors
  • Considers the skills required for specific apprenticeships
  • Delves into the finer details of apprenticeships, levels, requirements and finances
  • Know how to research further information about a chosen apprenticeship

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Suitable for (Years 12-13)
2, 3, 7

The Discover Your Options workshop enables students to explore different options and qualifications available post-18 (and beyond). The workshop has a particular focus on higher education providers, and explains the range of higher education options available at Level 4 – Level 6.  This workshop helps students to explore their next steps and consider which post-18 options may suit them best.

THE SESSION COVERS:

  • Encourages students to consider their next steps and what’s important to them
  • Explore the range of opportunities at Level 4 and beyond
  • Learn more about higher education, higher/degree apprenticeships
  • Enables students to make informed choices about their future and know where to go for further support

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Suitable for (Years 12-13)
3, 7

If you have any questions about the live online workshops, please email sun@soton.ac.uk