College students learn about university life

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College students learn about university life

06 October 2014

Bracknell & Wokingham College’s annual Higher Education conference took place recently and was packed with 166 students and 64 parents

Students thinking about starting university in 2014, and their parents, heard speakers from University of Reading, Brunel, University of Surrey and Buckingham New University give an insight into the UCAS system, online applications, personal statements and student finance. There was also the chance to hear from a current University of Reading undergraduate about the life of a University student.


Laura Poplett, Student Recruitment and Access Officer at University of Reading highlighted the importance of these events:

“Our aim with these sessions is to support local colleges and the local community and help with progression into Higher Education. There are many mixed messages out there about university, particularly in terms of financial information and so our aim is to help provide clarity and confidence for prospective students”.

George Reed, a third year student in Biology at the University of Reading, who spoke to the students and parents about life at university said:

“Going to university can seem like a huge step and I was very nervous but I had attended similar sessions to this before I started and they helped me to understand what I was getting into. University has been a great experience for me and I have made a lot of very good friends and been involved in lots of interesting activities alongside my course.”


Students are supported with their university applications by their Personal Tutors; and the Student Services team also offer a wide range of resources to help with the selection of courses and universities.

Karen Gallagher, Careers Advisor at the college said:

“The talks provided valuable information and insights to enable the students to be able to make informed decisions about their futures. The feedback from both students and parents has been very positive, in particular this year the finance talks appear to have been popular, giving reassurance and dispelling some of the myths.”

As well as the Higher Education Conference for Students, the college also took 100 students to the Higher Education Conference at University of Reading on 26 March. They had the opportunity to talk to approximately 140 higher education institutions and professional organisations from across the UK to get advice on their options after college. During the afternoon they were also able to attend subject-specific talks about the courses in which they are interested.

The college has also planned a number of Open Day visits to universities during the summer term.                                                  

To find out more about our A Level courses and Level 3 BTECs which offer a route to Higher Education visit or call 0845 330 3343.

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