25/09/2014 by sleach860
An enthusiastic group of Year 10 learners this week visited Manchester University and investigated university life and study. The Year 10 Exploration Day, part of the institution’s Gateways Programme of widening participation activities, focused on pathways to university, skills development and range of courses available.
Following on from an icebreaker activity where the Year 10s were mixed with pupils from four other local schools, the focus moved to the changing nature of the labour market and a short film, Shift Happens was shown.
Studying at university was highlighted as an excellent opportunity to develop transferable skills such as planning, organising, communication, leadership and time management. The group discovered that 60% of graduate jobs are open to graduates of any discipline and therefore the value of having a degree.
After lunch the pupils got to opt for one of three workshops covering STEM subjects and the humanities. Before departing the Y10s got to question current undergraduates about university life and study.
The day’s programme took place in the Manchester Museum, one of the university’s cultural assets. The Year 10s enjoyed the day’s experience and are looking forward to their return in Year 11.