It's Open Day season!
People often think that these are only open to students who are about to start S6 or already in S6. Not true! Anyone can attend an open day at any university so why not try a couple out?
An open day is a chance to visit a university or college and find out more information about what it's like to study there. You also get to meet students, lecturers and other people who want to study there.
Here are some of our top reasons for going:
But what do you actually *do* on an open day? Here are a couple of videos from our partner universities to tell you a bit more:
Heriot Watt University
University of Edinburgh
What kinds of questions do I need to ask?
Whatever you like! But if you're stuck for ideas, here's a few to get you started:
- What grades do I need to achieve and in which subjects to get onto the courses I'm interested in?
- What topics are covered in the first year of the course? And what options are there later on in the degree?
- Do these courses have a year abroad/working in industry option?
- How much does the accommodation cost per month?
- Are there any scholarships, bursaries or grants available?
Where can I find out more?
Here are some links to articles and websites that you may find useful:
So hopefully this has given you a taste of all the fun things that open days offer! So now is your chance to get out there and try them out. Here's a list of all the open days coming up in Scotland so you can head along to any that you fancy! You might find that your school won't allow you to have time off for open days in S5, BUT there are loads of universities that offer open days on Saturdays now so you have no excuses!
It's useful to keep in mind that lots of colleges have open days now too, so keep an eye out for any chances to visit those you're interested in.
Key things to remember:
1. Open days are open to anyone to attend! Just remember to register on the university/college website before you go (if needed).
2. Ask lots of questions! Don't be shy about getting stuck in and getting answers. That's the point!
3. The more ideas and research you can do this year, the easier it will be when it comes to doing your applications next year.