Most colleges and universities (including Leicester College) offer open days. These are designed to help prospective applicants get an idea of what it’s like to study there. An open day is your chance to go shopping for a college or university that’s right for you – so here are some tips to help you make the most of your day.
What to do before open day
- Pre-register if you can. This means your college or university will be ready and expecting you, which will make your life easier.
- Check where you’re going – at Leicester College, we have three different campuses and different subjects are taught at each one. So it’s a timesaver to be in the right place from the start.
- Think of important questions, and write them down so you don’t forget. Make questions about the course a priority.
What to do on the day
- Bring someone along – a friend, parent, partner, older child…two heads are better than one and they can help you. But remember that it’s you who gets the final say on your course.
- Talk to learners as well as tutors. There should be some learner ambassadors in coloured t-shirts present. No-one knows better than a current student what a place is like to study in.
- Ask to see the facilities. That includes the library, canteen, accommodation, sports arena, etc. Ask about extracurricular activities which interest you.
- Talk to student welfare – they can help if you have concerns about transport costs, special needs support, or any other concerns that affect your wellbeing.
What to do after open day
- Compare the places you’ve seen and decide what suits you best in terms of course offer, facilities, and general atmosphere.
- Write your personal statement. You can use mostly the same text for different applications. Don’t forget to make small changes to make it right for each course or college/university you apply to, though.
Register here for our upcoming open day.