Continuing with your education once you’ve finished school can be a scary time, but it’s an exciting one too! There is a world of possibilities out there and choosing a college course may just open new doors for you. Studying at college gives you access to a massive range of courses and apprenticeships that you could never find at school.
It might just be the right pathway for you, with new surroundings and new people too. Wouldn’t it be great if you could have a go before the course starts to help make your decision? Or maybe you have already decided but want to meet people who you might be studying with? Here are 4 great reasons to book a taster.
1. Discover your course
First and foremost, taster events are a great way to find out more about the courses on offer – the most important aspect of your time at college. Taster events are the perfect introduction to college life. Studying at college allows you to discover courses and learn career-led skills that you wouldn’t have access to at school.
Even if you don’t know which exact course you would like to study yet, you can still attend a taster event in your area of interest, for example Science or Travel and Tourism. You’ve now got the opportunity to find out about the courses on offer, what the entry requirements are, what’s involved each year and how you will be assessed. Remember, this is the ideal opportunity to find out if a course is for you, so don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as you can.
2. Get stuck in!
One of the most fun and useful parts of a taster event is the chance to experience a practical session. You’ll get a chance to discover the workshops and practical spaces you could be working in and maybe even use some very cool equipment too!
The practical sessions are supervised by the course tutors, who will encourage you to get involved. You could be working in a real car workshop, learning the basics of electrical installation or doing a live experiment in a science lab. Remember, many of us learn best by doing, so this is a great opportunity to see what activities you’ll get involved with during your course.
3. Meet your new mentors
Remember those teachers who have known you since the age of 11? Well now is the time to reinvent yourself and work with a host of new staff and experts. Taster events give you the opportunity to meet the staff who will teach you at college. As choosing a college course introduces you to more career-related subject areas than school, you could meet specialists who have real industry experience and will be passing this on to you every time you are in college.
Don’t forget, there is no such thing as a stupid question. Find out as much information from staff as you can, that’s what they are there for.
4. Make new friends!
Learning about your course and where you are studying is an important part of taster events. However, college will be huge part of your life and a chance to make a fresh start and meet new people. There will be other potential new students in the same situation as you at your taster event , so it’s a great way to make new friends. You’re already interested in the same subject area, so you that’s one thing in common! Make sure you talk to everyone you can. If you can start college knowing you’ll recognise a few familiar faces, it will make the change that little bit easier.
To sum up…
Taster events are a great way to get the inside scoop on your new college life so make the most of them…
*Don’t be afraid to ask questions - that’s what tutors and support staff are there for.
*It’s your chance to make a good first impression.
*Prepare a few questions and read up about courses before your event.
*Get involved - practical sessions are there for a reason, so get stuck in!