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Campus visits

students touring the campus

A pre-16 school group during a campus visit.

Campus visits aren’t your average campus experience. Our aim is to give your students a first-hand experience of what it’s like to be an undergraduate student.

We can offer tailored programmes at our Colchester Campus for both pre-16 school groups, and post-16 sixth form and college students.

Throughout your day, your students can expect to hear from staff and student ambassadors, take part in interactive sessions to get them thinking about particular degree courses or study skills, and to experience life on a university campus.

Typical itinerary

We offer two types of campus visits:

1. Short campus visits

Short campus visits run between 9.45am and 2.30pm, and include an informative talk from a member of our team and a student ambassador, a campus tour and an interactive workshop. Your students will also have the opportunity to ask our student panel any questions they might have about studying at Essex and university life in general.

2. Extended campus visits

Extended campus visits can either run from 9.00am to 2.45pm, or from 9.45am to 3.30pm to suit you and your travel commitments. Students can expect everything they’ll find in a short campus visit, but will also have an additional interactive workshop.

Our workshops

We're able to offer the following workshop sessions, all of which can be adapted for pre-16 and post-16 groups. Once you've booked your campus visit, we will ask you to give your preference for at least five sessions so we can tailor your day as much as possible to your wishes.

  • Study skills sessions

    • Choosing a course/university.
    • Writing your personal statement.
    • Referencing.
    • Revision and exam techniques.
    • Skim reading and scanning.
    • Study skills and learning styles.

  • Subject taster sessions


    • Exploring the Criminal Justice System in the UK.


    • Apartheid, Racial Segregation and Human Rights.
    • Britain and Britishness.
    • Social Reform in 1890-1920 United States.


    • Get a Taste for Studying a Language.


    • An Introduction.
    • First Language Acquisition.
    • Get a Taste for Studying Linguistics.
    • Modern Foreign Languages.
    • Sociolinguistics ‘Language in Society’.
    • Speech Sounds and the Slip of the Ear.
    • Words and Sentences.

    Marine Biology

    • Dipping your Toe into the Water.


    • Who Should a Mathematician Marry?

    Psychoanalytic Studies

    • An Introduction.
    • The Taboo and the Unconscious.


    • Conducting Ethical Research.
    • Problems with Perception.
    • Psychology Therapies.
    • Should We Choose to Believe in Free Will?
    • Vision – Why We See What We Do.


    • The Role of Mass Media to Sociology.

How to book

Our campus visits run from Monday to Friday during school term time (except Wednesdays between 28 November 2018 and 13 March 2019). To book a campus visit for your students, please complete our online enquiry form.