The Faculty of Science, Engineering and Medicine has a wide variety of resources and events aimed at post-16 students. Our ten departments webpages have links for students interested in specific subjects, as well as information for prospective students and parents, press releases and events pages, so please check these out.
Schools Visits and Events
Here at the University of Warwick, we offer a wide range of events, visiting options and resources for all students, including those from a widening participation background (state school educated students; students who would be the first in their family to attend university; students from low socio-economic backgrounds; and students who come from neighbourhoods where there is low progression to higher education). Resources are both in person and online, so there's plenty to get involved with. Please click here to find out more.
Whatever topic you are studying, the University of Warwick offers a range of resources for post-16 students as well as more learning topics for those passionate about a specific subject. Please use the links below to access each of our ten departments' pages. For a broader overview of UK university courses, please visit the Discover Uni webpages, where you can search for courses, compare different universities and find lots of helpful advice for preparing to attend university.
The University's School of Life Sciences (SLS) and Warwick Medical School (WMS) offer a range of resources for students. The School of Life sciences offer work experience placements (currently suspended due to Covid-19, but we anticipate these being on offer again shortly) for 16-18 year olds, as well as lab experience days for teachers and students to attend together.
Warwick Medical School also offer work experience placements for students interested in medicine. The School also supports Warwick Christmas Lectures, a series of interactive talks based at Warwick Arts Centre in December of every year. Sign up to the Arts Centre mailing list to be kept informed of next year's lectures, or check the website in November to see what's on the following month.
Science on the Hill is a joint initiative by SLS and WMS in which several experts from the departments are invited to give short, fun, and informative talks around a theme. There are currently no planned events, but please visit the website to sign up for the mailing list to be kept informed of upcoming events.
The Department of Chemistry's website is currently undergoing an upgrade which will highlight the work of the department further, but in the interim for students interested in Chemistry there are a variety of research stories, and an events calendar for those interested in the work of the department. Other departments, such as the School of Life Sciences and Warwick Medical School also have resources available for those interested in chemistry.
The Department of Computer Science at Warwick works with the Isaac Computer Science project to provide resources for post-16 students (and pre-16 too), including resources for algorithms and programming among others. It also hosts a variety of events and schools visits. If you are interested in programming, Warwick Manufacturing Group offer several resources to improve your coding and language skills, including using Raspberry Pi and Sonic Pi.
The Department of Engineering has a Journal Club aimed at 16-18 year olds. The journal club aims to highlight important engineering scientific papers. School students read a paper each fortnight and critically analyse it's strengths and weaknesses. This is excellent preparation for anyone wanting to study Engineering at Warwick or elsewhere. For those interested in the manufacturing side of engineering, Warwick Manufacturing Group also offers a variety of resources.
Realising Opportunities is a unique collaboration of leading, research intensive universities, working together to promote fair access and social mobility of students from groups under represented in higher education. The Programme provides able students with skills and information to help them not only make informed decisions about their future and to raise their aspirations to progress to a leading research intensive university, but to support their current work in school/college.
The Advanced Mathematics Support Programme is a government-funded initiative to increase participation in Core Maths, AS/A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics, and improve the teaching of these level 3 maths qualifications. The Warwick Maths Institute hosts the local AMSP Area Coordinator, who can give advice on what local and national support is available for prospective students.
The department also initiated a series of Lockdown Masterclasses on Mathematical Thinking, aimed at students and members of the public. While no future events are planned, information about the Masterclasses including slides from the presentations can be found on the webpage.
The Department of Physics at Warwick runs a Journal Club aimed at 16-18 year olds wanting to learn more about physics research. This is a weekly discussion of a scientific paper looking at a scientific paper covering completely different aspects of physics to attempt to understand some of the ideas and thoughts at the forefront of scientific thinking. The project can be followed on Twitter for the latest updates and more opportunities for students interested in physics and STEM subjects more generally.
The Department of Statistics usually runs a series of public lectures (unfortunately suspended due to the pandemic). We anticipate these beginning again in the near future, but to get a sense of what has been on previously, please visit the webpage. The Isaac Computer Science website (which our Computer Science department helps with) also has some statistical resources for students, such as information on data structures in a programming context.
Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) hold a series of events on a wide variety of topics and technologies. They also have a range of online resources for post-16 students who have an interest in engineering and manufacturing. Please explore the webpages to see what interests you. You may also want to visit the Department of Engineering webpages, who have a Journal Club for post-16 students teaching critical thinking in an engineering context.
Thinking of University
If you are thinking of the next steps in your academic life, the University of Warwick offers a wide variety of undergraduate courses to suit students' interests. All of our courses can be browsed via the undergraduate study pages, or via our departments' pages. We also offer a variety of resources for prospective students, some of which are outlined below.
At the University of Warwick, we combine passion, creativity and innovation to inspire young minds and maximise their potential, through unique opportunities both in school and on campus. Our work spans many geographical reaches, supporting young people and their parents/carers to make informed decisions on a local, regional and national level. Our Widening Participation Team runs a wide range of events and activities for young people aged between 9 and 19. Our team target state school educated students, students who would be the first in their family to attend university, students from low socio-economic backgrounds, and students who come from neighbourhoods where there is low progression to higher education.
Warwick University partners with Sutton Trust Summer Schools to provide a university experience for post-16 students, including lectures, seminars and other activities while living on university campus. Each course has individual entry requirements so please visit the website for further information and to apply. Applications for 2022 are now open and close 9 March 2022.
If you have a place at Warwick (congratulations!), the University's Widening Participation Team have produced a series of webpages designed to support students as they transition into university life. From academic and wellbeing support, to life on campus and survival skills, there are many resources on these pages to help you make the change from further to higher education.
The UK Government have a series of pages called Discover Uni, where you can search and compare university courses, including those at Warwick. If you are unsure of what to study, the website guides you through choosing a subject and other criteria to help you find the university course that's best for you.