Pre 16 Events

Our team work alongside you to encourage and raise the aspirations of your students with our range of events targeted at the pre-16 age group. Please see below for our events.

The University of Central Lancashire is proud to offer exciting subject specific, practical and aspiration raising sessions for your students which are linked to your Gatsby Benchmarks (3, 4 & 7).

UCLan in your classroom

What can UCLan offer my students this academic year related to the Gatsby Benchmarks?

We have developed several sessions based upon current undergraduate subjects that we offer here at UCLan to give your students a better understanding of what studying these subjects at university might be like, and hopefully inspire them to think about studying these subjects in the future.  

What years are these sessions suitable for?

The sessions are best suited to years 9, 10 and 11.

How long are the sessions and many students can we accommodate?

The sessions are designed to fit into your normal timetable and so can be adapted to fit into however long your lessons normally are. We normally deliver our sessions to standard class sizes of about 30 students.

How much do these sessions cost?

Our sessions are free for the school but we only have limited availability so be sure to book early.

How are the sessions delivered?

The sessions are delivered by trained UCLan outreach staff. It is sometimes possible to have the session delivered by UCLan academics specific to the subject but this cannot be guaranteed. We will sometimes bring our trained current Undergraduate Student Ambassadors to help us too.

How many sessions can we book during the day and/or year?

We are happy to run several different sessions throughout the day or year if required. Just contact us with your preferred times, dates and sessions and we can see what we can arrange. We may not be able to accommodate all requests.

How do I book?

To book please email with your preferred session(s), specific suggested date(s) and times and we will get back to you as soon as possible with our availability.

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What sessions can I choose for my students?


Practical building design session perfect for students with an interest in Creative Arts, Physics or Engineering​


Hands-on robotic engineering session perfect for students with an interest in Physics or Engineering

Fashion Design

Practical outfit design session perfect for students with an interest in Art, Design or Fashion

Games Design

Design a level in a game, perfect for students with an interest in Computer Games Development, Games DesignComputing, Art or Maths

Criminal Psychology

Investigate the use of EVOFit Software in solving crime, perfect for students with an interest in Psychology, Criminology or Law

Children, Schools & Family

Explore the media perception of young people, perfect for students with an interest in Health & Social Care, Sociology and Public Services


Your students will take measurements from an archaeological site, evaluate their results and then compare their findings with the Archaeological experts! Perfect for students with an interest in Archaeology, Anthropology or History

Taster Day at UCLan

Come to UCLan on Thursday 19th December and get hands-on experience in the role of an ethical hacker, a chief security officer, and a mobile phone investigator and experience for yourself what Cyber Security involves.

Delivered by current UCLan cyber security academics, our ‘Cyber Security’ taster day is based on UCLan’s ‘Cyber Security’ undergraduate course and will give your students a taste of what it would be like to study a degree here at UCLan.



The University of Central Lancashire is proud to offer exciting practical aspiration raising sessions for up to 30 of your KS3/4 students to give them a taste of what studying at university might be like. All our activities are linked to your Gatsby Benchmarks.

Dates currently available

  • Wednesday 9th October: 10am-2pm - SOLD OUT
  • Wednesday 30th October: 10am-2pm - SOLD OUT
  • Wednesday 13th November: 10am-2pm - SOLD OUT
  • Wednesday 4th December: 10am-2pm - SOLD OUT

Attendance is free and bookings are made on a first come, first served basis.

What does the day include?

An interactive subject session of your choice: Architecture, EngineeringFashion DesignGames DesignCriminal Psychology or Children, Schools & Family

A student ambassador led Q&A panel and tour of our campus including our new Engineering Innovation Centre, Library and Sports Facilities