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Delivered by our knowledgeable outreach team, including recent graduates, Evolve offers schools and colleges the opportunity to tailor-make a programme of presentations and workshops specific to the needs and interests of their students. All activity is aimed at Year 12 & 13 (or equivalent) students.

Our activity aims to be interactive and provide ‘hands-on’ learning, supporting students through their sixth form/college studies and their journey to Higher Education. Activity can be delivered throughout the academic year and all our activity is delivered free of charge. Guide times are given below, but can be adapted to suit your time frame. 

Our activity is delivered in person but if you wish to have your session/s delivered virtually, please don't hesitate to let us know. We offer on-campus outreach too, please let us know if you would like to visit us.

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Study and Life Skills

These interactive sessions give students the necessary skills to succeed in sixth form/college and what to expect in their two years of study. It is expected that these sessions will be delivered in the first term of sixth form/college.

Presentation | This session is an informal presentation which looks at how to make the most out of 6th form/college, what they can expect and aspects of goal setting. We strongly recommend this session for first year/Y12 students prior to Christmas.

Aims of the session:

To reflect on their journey through GCSEs and moving into Further Education

To identify the skills needed to succeed at sixth form

To set, analyse and adapt future goals

Workshop | Intro to the EPQ is ideal for students looking to undertake an additional qualification. We talk through the benefits of the EPQ and give handy hints and tips for students to utilise. This workshop contains a practical element, in which students can put some of their new research techniques to the test.

Aims of the session:

To outline the benefits of doing an EPQ

To advise how to choose a topic, and structure a project

To work through source material critically and intelligently

Workshop | A practical session, helping students to develop their presentation skills and knowledge on what makes a good presentation. Please note this session is not available virtually.  

Aims of the session:

To analyse the key elements of creating a presentation

Critically look at examples of a typical presentation and discuss best methods of delivery

Put presentation skills into practice

Workshop | In this interactive workshop, students will cover a range of different approaches to revision and analyse what techniques work best for them.

Aims of the session:

To identify the most effective methods of learning

To introduce effective revision techniques

To analyse a good revision timetable

Workshop | Students will be introduced to techniques to help them cope with some of the difficulties encountered during their time in the sixth form.

Aims of the session:

To look at the signs and symptoms of stress

To explore ways of coping with stress

To discuss relaxation techniques for exam periods

Workshop | A skills based workshop, looking at what interviewers are looking for and what makes a good interview. This workshop is useful for students who apply to courses that require interviews, as well as those applying for work.

Aims of the session:

To examine how to make the best first impression

To look at how to prepare for an interview

To examine what candidates should provide in their answers

Workshop | Our most interactive workshop, which asks students to think critically, perhaps the most vital university skill to have. Please note this session is not available virtually.

Aims of the session:

Look at the importance of ideas.

Analyse how perspective and preconceptions can affect one's viewpoint.

A deep dive into ethics, morality and the notion of evidence.

Exploring HE Options

These sessions are aimed at introducing students to all aspects of the Higher Education research and application process. We would recommend these sessions for students who are beginning to think about their applications to university.

Presentation | This session looks at the advantages of university and to dispel myths students may have about Higher Education. It will provide an overall look at what to consider when choosing a course and a university. The session can be extended in order to briefly touch on the application process and student finance. 

Aims of the session: 

To break down concerns through discussion and examples 

To look at what students can expect by going to university 

To introduce the main areas of research when choosing a university 

To provide examples of what students need to research 

Presentation | This session provides a perfect introduction of what students should expect at an exhibition and how to make it a worthwhile experience. We would recommend for this to be delivered in the run up to the exhibition that your students will be attending. 

Aims of the session:

 To explain the purpose and components of a Higher Education exhibition

 To prepare and give you the necessary tools to make the most out of your time at the event

To outline some vital Dos and Don'ts.

Presentation | Degree Apprenticeships continue to grow in popularity, and here at Northumbria we want to ensure students receive the best guidance possible. This session will demonstrate what a degree apprenticeship is, what to expect and the application process, as well as highlighting the key differences between a degree apprenticeship and traditional undergraduate degree.


Aims of the session:

  • To understand what a Degree Apprenticeship is and the opportunities available
  • To look at the application process
  • To outline the key differences

Presentation | This session will take students through the Post-16 and/or Post-18 options available to them in the future, from picking the correct qualifications and subjects at Post-16, to Post-18 options such as University, Degree Apprenticeships, and the world of work! We can alter this session to meet the age and needs of the audience, this session can also work well for Year 11 (or equivalent) students. 

Aims of the session: 

To give students an understanding of the various options available to them at Post-16 and/or Post-18 

To discuss the importance of planning ahead to ensure students pick the correct route for their journey  

To support schools in the delivery of their CIAG activities in line with the Baker Clause 

The Application Process

These sessions are aimed at students who are beginning their application to university and to provide those, who have applied, with an understanding of student finance, what to expect on results day and to explain the clearing process.

Presentation | A detailed look at UCAS and the structure of writing a personal statement. This presentation also looks at real good and bad examples of personal statements sent to Northumbria Admissions Selectors.

Aims of the session:

To introduce the UCAS application process

To look at what makes an effective personal statement

To look at what to avoid when writing a personal statement

Presentation & Activity | Important, up-to-date financial information on student loans followed by an interactive game looking at budgeting and the financial aspect of university life, based on current student statistics. A shorter, 30-minute session, Student Finance Explained, is available too, and we recommend this session for parents and carers of your students.

Aims of the session:

To introduce student finance and how to pay for university

To look at what current students spend their money on

To learn how to save money and to make it last longer

Presentation | A formal presentation looking at the clearing and confirmation process and what students should do after receiving their results.

Aims of the session:

To look at the UCAS process and what to expect on results day

To explain the different ways universities approach the clearing process

To address concerns the students may have about confirmation and/or applying through clearing

Student Life at University

These sessions explore various aspects of how to make the most out of university and what opportunities Higher Education can provide. These presentations can benefit students pre or post the application process.

Workshop | This session, aimed at final year Sixth Form and College students, aims to prepare students for academic writing at university. This will build on skills students have built throughout their current studies. Aims of the session: To look at writing in an academic fashion, in terms of presenting an argument and formatting a university assignment. To provide students with an introduction to referencing using examples of Havard referencing.

Aims of the session:

  • To look at writing in and academic fashion, in terms of presenting an argument and formatting a University assignment.

  • Analysing advanced methods of note taking, time management and planning for lectures and seminars.

  • Informing students of the need to write in a concise manner, and to introduce referencing.

Presentation | This interactive presentation looks at graduate employability and how university education and extracurricular activities can help enhance students’ career paths.  

Aims of the session:

  • To demonstrate how higher education can boost employability.

  • To show options open to graduates when at University (such as placements and study abroad)and post University (such as graduate schemes).

  • To identify where to gain transferable skills at university, and building your CV around these skills.

Workshop | An interactive and engaging session, for students of any age, highlighting what it is actually like to be a student at university and how to prepare for the student life. 

Aims of the session: 

  • To show what you will get up to in a typical student day
  • To highlight the range of accommodation that is available
  • To understand the importance of budgeting

Specific Northumbria University Sessions

Our Northumbria specific presentations and sessions are focused primarily on those students who are yet to apply, or who are beginning their application process..




Specific Northumbria University Sessions

These sessions are primarily focused on Northumbria University and what it has to offer potential students. It is expected that we only deliver these sessions those who have not yet applied to university.

Activity | A tour of Northumbria University City Campus, including Sport Central, Student Central and the library, Student Union and course-specific buildings.

Presentation | An engaging session for students currently living in the North East of England and why it's worth considering Northumbria University as a local option. It will give a glimpse into life at Northumbria University and why it remains a research-rich, business-focused, professional university with a global reputation for academic quality, located in one of the UK’s best student cities.  

Presentation | A glimpse into life at Northumbria University and why it remains a research-rich, business-focused, professional university with a global reputation for academic quality, located in one of the UK’s best student cities.

Presentation | Northumbria University has a strong sporting history, with over 70 teams competing in the British Universities and Colleges Sport league. Hear direct from one of our Student Sport team about what it takes to be a student athlete at Northumbria. Subject to availability.  

Presentation | Most of Northumbria's undergraduate courses have a Study Abroad option, allowing students to immerse themselves in another country. An exciting, challenging and rewarding experience, hear from our team about the application process, the benefits of studying abroad, learn about students' experiences and discover our academic partners across the world. Subject to availability.  

Presentation | An overview of our Undergraduate Business courses here at Northumbria and an introduction to modules that can be studied. Students will learn about the structure of the courses, the opportunities that are available, and how their studies can help students after they graduate.

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