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SUN Workshops

We are excited to offer a range of workshops 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, who are all Enhanced DBS checked.

hOW LONG ARE THE SESSIONS?

50 minutes delivery followed by 5 minutes for questions and answers.

SUGGESTED COHORT SIZE:

1 class (up to 30 students)

HOW WILL THEY BE DELIVERED?

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

If you opt for a virtual workshop, we can deliver in a variety of ways; live-streaming to the front of a class (one screen) or live-streaming to the front of a class in multiple classrooms (via MS Teams or Zoom).

WHAT WORKSHOPS CAN i CHOOSE FROM?

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


PRE-16 Workshop Offers | Years 9 – 11

Boost Your Study Skills is an interactive session that helps students to develop key skills for independent study as they are working towards their GCSEs. The workshop also aids transition to further education and future careers. 

WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOUR STUDENTS?:

  • Learn how to manage study time effectively
  • Improve memory skills through a range of techniques  
  • Start developing a growth mindset by using positive language 

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Suitable for Years 10-11
2, 3, 7

Know Yourself: Get Career Ready is a workshop designed to help students make informed decisions about their future education and careers. It raises self-awareness through a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® test and explores career options linked to personality type, hobbies and interests. The session also highlights the importance of transferable skills for employability and includes ideas on how to gain more experience outside of the school curriculum.

WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOUR STUDENTS?:

  • Learn how to make informed decisions about the future
  • Explore their personality and interests and how these can affect career choices
  • Discover what to get involved in to help improve employability

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Suitable for Years 9-11
2, 3, 7

The Money Explorer: How to Budget Effectively workshop is designed to get students thinking about the importance of budgeting and to help them find out more about the financial support available for Higher Education. The session helps students develop essential money management skills through an interactive budget challenge game.  

WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOUR STUDENTS?:

  • Understand what budgeting means and why it is important
  • Develop money management skills
  • Discover the types of financial support available at university

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Suitable for Years 9-11
2, 3, 7

The Research Your Options workshop enables students to explore different options and qualifications available after GCSEs. Students will also learn some basic research skills to help them explore their own futures. This workshop helps students to explore which route may suit them, and outlines how and where they can find further information and support, as well as giving students an opportunity to practice these research skills.

WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOUR STUDENTS?:

  • Encourages students to start thinking about their future and what’s important to them
  • 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
  • Equips students with the research skills to research their own future pathways

Please note: this workshop requires students to access IT/internet. Please contact us if you cannot facilitate this.

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Suitable for Years 9-11
3, 7

T-Levels Explained 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.

WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOUR STUDENTS?:

  • Introduction to T Levels and what they are.
  • Understand T Level roll-out and where they sit within the qualification system.
  • Learn about the structure of a T Level including Industry Placements.
  • Explore what their choices are and know where to go for further support.

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Suitable for Years 10-11
2, 3, 7

The Understanding 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 to consider potential vacancies and progression routes for the future.

WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOUR STUDENTS?:

  • Understand what an apprenticeship is
  • Explore the different apprenticeship levels and sectors
  • Identify the skills required for specific apprenticeships
  • Prepare for apprenticeship vacancy research and applications

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Suitable for Years 10-11
2, 3, 7


Post-16 Workshop Offers | Years 12 – 13

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.

WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOUR STUDENTS?:

  • 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

This post-16 Understanding 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.

WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOUR STUDENTS?:

  • 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

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