Most universities will offer Open Days and we encourage students to visit Universities that offer courses to which they may apply, but time off school must be negotiated and approved. If Open Days are offered on a Saturday (as many are) we would not expect a student to take time out of the curriculum on weekdays.
Dates of undergraduate Open Days can be found under the Undergraduate Admissions section on the respective websites. Please note that London Universities usually offer individual departmental Open Days that are subject–based.
Tutors should be informed of any proposed visits, but we would expect all students to be present in school for the UCAS Training Day, Personal Statement Training and Workshops, the Careers Day and Leavers' Day in the Summer term. Please see the published school calendar for specific dates.
We aim to run an official school trip to at least three or four University Open Days and a coach will be provided by the school. Parents are very welcome to attend. Please book using KESPAY. If you do book seats on a school-run coach trip, please ensure that the suitability of the course under consideration and the logistical arrangements of the day are discussed with your son/daughter and with his/her tutor. When booking a place on a school coach it will still be necessary to book places online with the university for specific talks. Open Day trips will depart from Hill Lane early in the morning and will depart from the university town at around 3pm in order to reach Southampton by approximately 6pm.
In past years we have run coaches to the universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter and Oxford. Please check at the LVI Higher Education Evening for specific dates for the coming year. Please see additional information on these pages.