It's Open Day season!
Anyone can attend a university open day! Whether you are in S5, or S6, we really recommend taking part and finding out all you can about universities and what they have to offer!
An open day is typically a chance to visit a university or college and find out more information about what it's like to study there. This year, most universities are offering virtual open days and information sessions, in light of government guidance regarding COVID-19. Don't worry - you'll still have the opportunity to hear from academics and current students, to have a look at the campus and accommodation, ask questions, and get an idea for it is like to study at each uni.
Students often tell us that open days are what really helped them to decide on which universities to apply to, so make the most of the opportunity to attend as many as you can virtually! Remember, parents / carers and friends can join you logging on to a virtual open day too - why not ask someone to join you?
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?
You can find more tips on what you might like to ask here.
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 virtually visit those you're interested in.
We've collated a list of upcoming university open days for you below (most are virtual, with some still to be confirmed):
- Abertay University (Wednesday 30th September, Saturday 31st October)
- Edinburgh Napier University (Saturday 12th September, Saturday 10th October)
- Glasgow Caledonian University (Wednesday 2nd September, Saturday 3rd October)
- Glasgow School of Art (dates TBC, at time of writing)
- Heriot Watt University (Saturday 26th September, Saturday 24th October)
- Queen Margaret University (Saturday 26th September, Saturday 17th October)
- Robert Gordon University (Wednesday 7th October, Saturday 7th November)
- Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (dates TBC, at time of writing)
- SRUC (various dates)
- University of Aberdeen (Tuesday 25th August, Saturday 3rd October)
- University of Dundee (Monday 21st August, Saturday 26th September)
- University of Edinburgh (dates TBC, at time of writing)
- University of Glasgow (dates TBC, at time of writing)
- University of the Highlands and Islands (Wednesday 5th August, plus other specific campus events)
- University of St Andrews (Wednesday 30th September, Wednesday 7th October, Wednesday 14th October, Wednesday 28th October, Wednesday 4th November)
- University of Stirling (Saturday 19th September, Saturday 24th October)
- University of Strathclyde (October - date TBC, at time of writing)
- University of the West of Scotland (various dates for specific campuses)
Top tip: Plan ahead! Some open days will take place on the same date. As most universities will offer more than one date, with some careful planning you can hopefully attend all you would like to.
Key things to remember:
1. Open days are open to anyone to attend! Just remember to register on the university/college website to gain access.
2. Ask lots of questions! Don't be shy about getting stuck in and getting answers. That's the point!
3. The more research you do, the more informed decision you'll be able to make to get the right course / uni for you!