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Activities for Year 10 students

These events and activities encourage Year 10 students to progress to further and higher education. We have many informative events for young people to take part in.

We'll come to you: stepping stones

Design your day by selecting a group of workshops and activities. Get in touch with your selection and we'll arrange a date to deliver your bespoke programme in your own environment. Select some activities from the list below and contact us to put a programme together.


A range of activities to raise your students' aspirations and get them thinking about their options after school and college.

  • Celebrity guess who?
    We present descriptions of well-known celebrities who have developed their career through academic achievements. Students learn by identifying celebrities from inspiring statements.
  • Course pictionary
    Students work in small groups to guess which course is described in pictures. This fun session highlights the wide range of courses available at university.
  • Ideal student
    Pupils explore the qualities of an ideal student and discuss how to succeed in education. Team work and presentation skills are developed.
  • Mythbusting university
    This session challenges students to debate some common myths surrounding university life. It highlights the transition from further education to higher education and addresses key areas such as independent study, finance and funding, assessment and social life.
  • Student experience
    Delivered by a current student, this session gives a student perspective on university life. It's an informal opportunity for your group to ask questions about higher education and think about what student life is really like.
  • University challenge
    This competitive team quiz challenges students to answer questions on progression to higher education. Ideal as a stand alone exercise or as the final session of a bespoke programme designed to test what your students have learned after a day of activity.
  • Who makes them?
    This activity gets students thinking about the range of subjects on offer and the careers available to them. After choosing a celebrity and related scenario, students think about the skills and subject strengths that they would need help the celebrity be successful.


Workshops to equip your students with the skills they need to follow their chosen path of education or employment.

  • Challenge live

    Suitable for a whole year group or smaller subject groups, this activity develops team work, problem solving and communication. Working from a brief, groups of students manage a project from start to finish. Creativity is essential when researching and developing their ideas and students are challenged to pitch their final project to their peers.

  • Interactive budgeting workshop
    This session teaches students how to manage a budget at university. We explore the funding available for tuition fees and living costs, as well as discussing how loan repayments work after graduation. The session is for a maximum of 30 students. It can be linked to the key stage 3 and 4 PHSE curriculum programme, economic wellbeing and financial capability.
  • Interview skills
    Outlining practical steps to prepare students for a university or job interview, we teach students how to give evidence of their skills and experience. The group put each other to the test at the end of the session by taking part in mock interviews.
  • Personal branding
    Whether your students are contemplating employment, training or higher education, the marketplace is very competitive and they need to set themselves apart from the rest of the pack. Delivered as a short presentation or a longer workshop, this session encourages students to consider the successes of famous brands and their strengths and qualities. The exercise helps students think about how to pitch themselves to potential universities or employers. It also gets pupils thinking about their online presence and how this can be used to help achieve their ambitions.
  • Presentation skills
    An introduction to the four Ps of the presentation - plan, prepare, practice and present. We offer tips and guidance on all aspects of giving presentations as well as outlining the importance of nonverbal communication and body language when delivering a message.
  • Study skills
    In this session, your students will consider what type of a learner they are and how this affects the way they study. They will also be introduced to some simple techniques for managing their time and developing a balanced approach to study and their social life. It also explores the pressures students can face when revising and provides hints and tips for relaxation and handling stress.


Workshops designed to give your students the information they need to make an informed decision about their options after school or college.

  • What's the difference?
    This session focuses on the questions students frequently ask us about going to university. We discuss everything from keeping your accommodation tidy to learning a new language. We place a particular emphasis on the consequences of student decisions.

Inspiring careers in...

These inspirational sessions provide Year 10 pupils with an insight into the vast array of subjects and careers available to them. Offered in a range of subject areas, they are ideal for Year 10s currently unsure of whether to progress in education post 16 and of the choice of progression paths available to them. Places are limited therefore book early to avoid disapointment.

Are entrepreneurs born or made?

Thursday 13 March 2014

This entertaining lecture seeks to examine an age-old question: Are entrepreneurs a special breed, born into the world with a drive and desire to succeed, or can can they be created through education, experience and mentorship? This lecture will explore the nature of entrepreneurship and the main arguments regarding whether entrepreneurs are born or made. The lecture will also examine the main, and often disputed, characteristics used to identify an entrepreneur, before discussing the link between creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial behaviour.

Crime Scene Investigation - it's not like on the telly!

Friday 14 March 2014

An experienced crime scene investigator will present an interactive session where they will argue that real life crime is even better than you see on TV.

Exploding eggs and screaming jelly babies

Thursday 13 March 2014

This demonstration lecture intends to entertain but also to get people thinking about Chemistry – it raises questions like what's happening? why does that happen? how can we find out? can we do this at school?

The book is dead. Long live the book!?

Wednesday 12 March 2014

Can the book survive in the age of the internet? What's the point of reading novels when there are so many other claims on our attention? Why read something hundreds, or even thousands, of years old when a million and one new things were written yesterday? Who decides what counts as good writing? What do stories do for us and why do we need them? This session will address these questions, among others, while considering the many ways in which words continue to matter.

Weird and wonderful from the world of Law

Wednesday 25 March 2015

Have you ever heard of a weird legal case and wondered if it is true? Why was the snail case a very important case? Who would you sue for an 'Act of God'? A number of odd sounding cases have been heard over the years, which some would argue are pointless, however cases such as the 'Jaffa Cake' case have significant implications. Some cases are simply weird, for example the statue that was tried for murder when it fell and killed someone. The talk looks at some of these cases and explores why they are as important today as they were when they happened.

What psychology knows about making us happy

Wednesday 4 March 2015

£1,000,000, a holiday in the sun, 1000 likes on our Facebook status, the perfect job.....what really makes us happy and is the same for everyone? This interactive talk will explore what happiness is and how psychology can provide us with an understanding of what really makes us happy. You might be surprised by the findings!

The role of the Sport and Exercise Scientist

Wednesday 4 March 2015

This multimedia lecture explores the various roles that the Sport and Exercise Scientist holds. With the aid of video clips, demonstrations, explanations and Year 10 contribution, the students will leave the session with knowledge of the main disciplines of the Sport and Exercise Scientist, including Physiology, Biomechanics, Psychology, Sociology, Therapy and Strength & Conditioning.

Racing for the White House: A cultural history of politics in 'post-racial' America

Wednesday 12 March 2014

In the long run up to the 2008 Presidential Election, as Barack Obama vied with Hilary Clinton for leadership of the Democrats, and then with John McCain for leadership of the USA, many commentators greeted his successive victories as testimony to America's progress into a 'Post-Racial' era. By taking a long view of the cultural history of race in America, this lecture explores the tangled nature of racial discourse in the contemporary USA and examines the ways in which Barack Obama's presidency serves to highlight the abiding significance of race in American politics and society.

What is the future of TV?

Thursday 13 March 2014

As online audiences for digital platforms like Youtube grow, what is the future of TV? When people can choose what they want to watch and when they want to watch it, is broadcast TV soon going to be a thing of the past? Now teenagers can start their own online channels in their bedroom. Jack Gap and Tanya Burr are two of the latest online entrepreneurs who are transforming the shape of what more and more younger audiences watch online. As the main language used on the internet moves towards video, we ask, what is the future of TV?

Girls and gadgets conference

Our Girls and Gadgets computer conference is designed to get girls excited about using computers and destroy the myth that computers are for boys.

It provides the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and develop an understanding of both the creative and technical skills involved in this exciting subject area. Typical workshop activities include e-journalism, networks, 3D animation and photo editing.

*Please note that places are allocated on a first-come, first-saved basis (limited to 10 per school/college).
More about our girls and gadgets conference

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