University Taster Days & Masterclasses

Our Masterclasses and taster days provide an excellent opportunity for your students to enhance and enrich their current studies. Through spending a day at a university and participating in the academic session, your students will deepen their subject knowledge and develop confidence and motivation in their current studies. Students will also get a taste of university life and the opportunity to meet some current students.

Summer Masterclass Week 2020

Weeks Commencing 22nd June & 29th June.

Bookings are now open for our Summer Masterclass weeks 2020. All masterclasses are open to both group and individual bookings and are designed for Year 12 students to find out more about the subjects they are interesting in studying at University. Free transport can be provided for group bookings.

Please see the dropdowns below for the dates, titles and descriptions of each masterclass.

10:00am – 12:00pm Drama: From page to stage, bringing a text to life

This is the more academic of the two sessions but would include some practical work. The school could be told the text in advance so that students have time to read it and find out a little about it before their arrival. We could offer to tailor the text to an area such as Shakespeare or a contemporary play. Time would be spent on analysing the text for underlying themes and then practical experimentation on bringing it to life.

 

10:00am – 12:00pm English: Beware of “carnal stings” and “unbitted lusts” (Othello):
Could Shakespeare’s tragic heroes have had a happy life?

What makes Shakespeare great? Dr Sibylle Erle, Reader in English Literature at BGU, loves Shakespeare (especially his tragedies!) and is a passionate Stratford-theatre goer. She will explore the key ideas of Shakespearian drama through some of Shakespeare’s great tragedies, focusing (in a workshop scenario) on Othello, and explain about dramatic methods used to ‘tell’ and show stories about life, love, and death. This masterclass will consist of a lecture and an interactive workshop which will include film clips. You will be asked to look at extracts (text and film) and discuss them in small groups so that you can appreciate the lasting importance of Shakespeare’s work and influence. You are not expected to know all of Othello or bring a copy; handouts will be provided.

 

10:00am – 12:00pm Geography: Natural Hazards OR Sustainable Development in Pacific Small Island States

A look at how natural hazards can become manmade disasters.

A look at how development aid is spent on solutions for community development.

 

12:30pm – 2:30pm Sociology: Introduction to Crime and The Media.

In our media saturated and crime obsessed society, what exactly is the relationship between crime and the media? This 2 hour Masterclass will explore the following key questions in Sociology:

– Where does our knowledge of crime come from?
– How does the media define what we know as a criminal?
– What makes crime stories so attractive to people?
– What impact does consuming crime media have on individuals?
– Does the media actually cause crime?

These questions will be explored through a range of interactive activities with consideration of both contemporary and historical crime cases.

10:00am – 12:00pm Archaeology: Archaeological Excavation Experience

Come and join the BGU team as they excavate Roman Lincoln! This masterclass will give you the chance to take part in a real archaeological dig, and discover what has been found to date. 

 

10:00am – 12:00pm Sport: Maximal oxygen uptake

The maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max) test is used to measure the maximum amount of oxygen an individual can utilize during intense exercise and is an indicator of cardiorespiratory fitness. This type of exercise testing is completed in a laboratory and typically involves progressive and incremental increases in exercise intensity while the individual is running on a treadmill or riding a bicycle ergometer. It is a commonly used as a measurement to establish the aerobic endurance of an athlete prior to or during the course of a training regime. Additionally, for the average, non-athletic, individual the VO2max test can be used as an risk factor for cardiovascular disease in later life. Therefore, the test has far reaching applications both in the health and performance industries. In the VO2max master class the students will understand the theory behind exercise testing and gain knowledge of the basic physiological principles of aerobic energy production. Following this, they will all get the chance to test their own peak expiratory flow to test lung function before experiencing a practical display of a VO2max test. The practical display will be followed by a plenary session to allow the students to compare our results to endurance athletes.

 

10:00am – 12:00pm TESOL and Linguistics: Global English

What is a global language? And why languages spread around the world? This session will look at the global spread of the English language and we will look at different varieties of English worldwide. We will also do some practical activities, in which for example, we will discover the origin of words such as ‘cookie’!

 

12:30pm – 2:30pm Drama: Physical Theatre/chorus work

This is a practical class where students would take part in a chorus and movement workshop to create a strong piece of chorus performance work. It will be largely physical in approach but will include some voice work. The workshop would be ideal for those who need to devise their own pieces for their practical exams. Short sections of Mask work and stage work will be included.

The workshop would be delivered by Mark Mark Theatre company who work closely with us, alongside a member of the drama staff. 

 

12:30pm – 2:30pm Maths: Pondering, proving and problem-solving

Finding a way into a mathematics problem is often the hardest part of working mathematically, so we will look at different ways of thinking about problems that are based on A level Mathematics content.

 

12:30pm – 2:30pm Theology: Mystery and the Mysterious

In this session we will consider the mystery of people’s everyday encounters with scientifically strange and unexplained phenomena, and asking why humans have always had a fascination with such things.  We will explore such phenomena within religions, but also within everyday contemporary experience across the world, trying to provide meaningful ways of making sense of them.

10:00am – 12:00pm Business: The Power of Branding

Within this masterclass we will explore the role of a brand in shaping loyalty.  You will have the opportunity to test your loyalty and brand recognition, and determine the importance of branding to a business.

 

10:00am – 12:00pm Health and Social Care: Health and social care interactive session

We will explore a mixture of areas within health and social care so that you can experience what a diverse sector this is. Our session aims to bring the theory and practice to life by sharing real stories from practice as seen through the eyes of the child, family and professional. This will allow you to consider the next stages of action around some set questions and also become aware how the same situation can be interpreted very differently. Our aim is to show you why partnership working is key within health and social care along with professional curiosity, hearing all the story before piecing together the answers. We intend to give you an insight of what it would be like to study with us and BGU experiencing a mixture of the teaching techniques we apply to our sessions.

 

10:00am – 12:00pm Psychology: Critical Thinking about Psychology

Some of you may have studied the topic of critical thinking at school. You may think that you know all about the topic, and you may feel less than inspired at the prospect of a masterclass devoted to it. Calm yourselves. This is not any old critical thinking masterclass, this is Critical Thinking about Psychology. Psychology is the scientific study of human behaviour. Unfortunately, there are many pitfalls and traps which can make understanding behaviour problematic. This masterclass is a guide to help you avoid some of these traps and to help you understand the problems inherent in psychological research. How will we approach this? We will look at why we believe so many dubious and strange things and examine the psychology of belief. By the end of the class you will have a set of techniques to make sure you don’t believe that lizards rule the world.

 

12:30pm – 2:30pm Counselling: A Masterclass in Self-Compassion

In this session we will explore what self-compassion is and where it has come from. We will consider the effect it can have on us, and how we can become more compassionate towards ourselves. The session will involve some practical activities and you will have the opportunity to consider how you can increase your own self-compassion.

 

12:30pm – 2:30pm Music: Improve your performance skills

This is a practical workshop looking at ways to improve your individual performance skills. Join Clare Gooing, professional singer and Senior Lecturer in Music Education and Jonathan Gooing, professional pianist, accompanist and Visiting Tutor to try out your performance in a friendly environment and receive some constructive feedback and coaching. Learn strategies for coping with nerves and ways of developing effective practise routines and audience communication. Experience the sort of teaching you would receive on the brand new BA (Hons) Music and Musicianship degree and learn something about studying music as an undergraduate.

 

12:30pm – 2:30pm Sociology: Introduction to Crime and The Media

In our media saturated and crime obsessed society, what exactly is the relationship between crime and the media? This 2 hour Masterclass will explore the following key questions in Sociology:

– Where does our knowledge of crime come from?
– How does the media define what we know as a criminal?
– What makes crime stories so attractive to people?
– What impact does consuming crime media have on individuals?
– Does the media actually cause crime?

These questions will be explored through a range of interactive activities with consideration of both contemporary and historical crime cases.

10:00am – 12:00pm Maths: Pondering, proving and problem-solving

Finding a way into a mathematics problem is often the hardest part of working mathematically, so we will look at different ways of thinking about problems that are based on A level Mathematics content.

 

10:00am – 12:00pm Sport: Maximal oxygen uptake

The maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max) test is used to measure the maximum amount of oxygen an individual can utilize during intense exercise and is an indicator of cardiorespiratory fitness. This type of exercise testing is completed in a laboratory and typically involves progressive and incremental increases in exercise intensity while the individual is running on a treadmill or riding a bicycle ergometer. It is a commonly used as a measurement to establish the aerobic endurance of an athlete prior to or during the course of a training regime. Additionally, for the average, non-athletic, individual the VO2max test can be used as an risk factor for cardiovascular disease in later life. Therefore, the test has far reaching applications both in the health and performance industries. In the VO2max master class the students will understand the theory behind exercise testing and gain knowledge of the basic physiological principles of aerobic energy production. Following this, they will all get the chance to test their own peak expiratory flow to test lung function before experiencing a practical display of a VO2max test. The practical display will be followed by a plenary session to allow the students to compare our results to endurance athletes.

 

10:00am – 12:00pm TESOL & Linguistics: Global English

What is a global language? And why languages spread around the world? This session will look at the global spread of the English language and we will look at different varieties of English worldwide. We will also do some practical activities, in which for example, we will discover the origin of words such as ‘cookie’!

 

12:30pm – 2:30pm Education Studies: What’s the purpose of education? The
transmission of knowledge ….. And beyond?

Education is regarded as an important aspect of all human cultures. There is a desire to pass on ‘the best of what has been thought and said’ to the next generation in a society. How can this broad purpose of education be characterised and captured by academic theory? Is education simply the unproblematic ‘transmission of knowledge’ from teacher to learner or are there other ‘dimensions’ (perhaps ‘hidden dimensions’) to education that might challenge this unproblematic transmission from one generation to the next? Current cognitivist views of education (popular in the English education system) will be contrasted with alternative conceptions of the purpose(s) of education.

 

12:30pm – 2:30pm Health and Social Care: Health and social care interactive session

We will explore a mixture of areas within health and social care so that you can experience what a diverse sector this is. Our session aims to bring the theory and practice to life by sharing real stories from practice as seen through the eyes of the child, family and professional. This will allow you to consider the next stages of action around some set questions and also become aware how the same situation can be interpreted very differently. Our aim is to show you why partnership working is key within health and social care along with professional curiosity, hearing all the story before piecing together the answers. We intend to give you an insight of what it would be like to study with us and BGU experiencing a mixture of the teaching techniques we apply to our sessions.   

 

12:30pm – 2:30pm Psychology: Critical Thinking about Psychology

Some of you may have studied the topic of critical thinking at school. You may think that you know all about the topic, and you may feel less than inspired at the prospect of a masterclass devoted to it. Calm yourselves. This is not any old critical thinking masterclass, this is Critical Thinking about Psychology. Psychology is the scientific study of human behaviour. Unfortunately, there are many pitfalls and traps which can make understanding behaviour problematic. This masterclass is a guide to help you avoid some of these traps and to help you understand the problems inherent in psychological research. How will we approach this? We will look at why we believe so many dubious and strange things and examine the psychology of belief. By the end of the class you will have a set of techniques to make sure you don’t believe that lizards rule the world.

9:30am – 2:30pm History/Military History: Non-Exam Assessment Masterclass Day

This day is skills based, using our staff expertise to enhance students’ historical skills, with sessions on the nature and purpose of history, critical thinking, source analysis, independent research and academic historical writing. 

All day: Teaching Information Day: Working with young people in
educational settings

This day is for any students who are interested in a career in education. The day will include sessions on Routes into Teaching as well as interactive taster sessions from academics on the Primary Education, Education Studies and Special Educational Needs and Inclusion programmes here at BGU. There will also be the opportunity to find out about student finance and to go on a campus tour.


Subject Taster Days

Activity   Date  Time 
Early Childhood Studies Taster Day 11/10/2019 10:00am – 2:30pm
Teaching Information Day 01/11/2019 10:00am – 2:30pm
Early Childhood Studies Taster Day 29/11/2019 10:00am – 2:00pm
Health & Social Care Taster Day 04/12/2019 10:00am – 2:00pm
Teacher Information Day 07/02/2020 10:00am – 2:30pm
Health & Social Care Taster Day 18/03/2020 10:00am – 2:00pm
Teaching Information Day 27/03/2020 10:00am – 2:30pm
Early Childhood Studies Taster Day 24/04/2020 10:00am – 2:00pm
Health & Social Care Taster Day 13/05/2020 10:00am – 2:00pm
Early Childhood Studies Taster Day 22/05/2020 10:00am – 2:00pm
Teaching Information Day 01/07/2020 10:00am – 2:30pm

For more information or to book your place, please click here to fill out our form. Alternatively, contact our team by emailing outreach@bishopg.ac.uk or calling 01522 583637.


University Experience Days

University Experience Days are designed for students in Years 11-13 who would like to find out more about what it is like to study at university. The day will involve sessions on the benefits of higher education, budgeting and UCAS and personal statements.

Upcoming University Experience Days:

  • Friday 8 November 2019, 10:00am – 2:00pm
  • Friday 13 December 2019, 10:00am – 2:00pm
  • Friday 1 May 2020, 10:00am – 2:00pm
  • Friday 5 June 2020, 10:00am – 2:00pm

 

For more information or to book your place, please click here to fill out our form. Alternatively, contact our team by emailing outreach@bishopg.ac.uk or calling 01522 583637. Support with transport costs is available for group bookings, please enquire for more information

We also offer bespoke visits such as individual tours from our Student Ambassadors or larger groups. To book a place, or to discuss a bespoke day for your students please contact us at outreach@bishopg.ac.uk or fill out our form. Alternatively, you can attend one of our regular Open Days, we have several coming up in the near future.


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