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Six benefits of attending a HELS Virtual Applicant Taster Day

What is an Applicant Taster Day?

A Birmingham City University (BCU) Applicant Taster Day (ATD) gives you a chance, once you’ve received an offer from us, to experience what it is like to study at BCU by attending sample lectures, course presentations and Q&A sessions. Plus, it allows you to see our facilities and find out about the support we have to offer you. Our aim is to make you feel like part of the BCU family, and give you the opportunity to ask in-depth questions about modules, facilities, placements and student life in Birmingham.

Why are Applicant Taster Days important?

ATDs are a great way to change your worries about university into excitement. The purpose is to give you a more focused experience, which is tailored to the course and department you have applied for. You will have the chance to meet your course tutors, as well as current students, and sample what it would be like to study your chosen course at BCU.

This year, in line with the updated government guidance, we are delivering our ATDs online. We understand it can be disappointing not to be able to come on campus and we hope we can welcome you soon, but we want to keep everyone’s safety at the forefront. Nevertheless, a virtual event still has a lot to offer, and we have been planning hard to give you the best experience possible. Below we have listed our top six reasons why attending an online ATD will be beneficial to you.


You will still get an in-depth experience

You will still be able to gain a holistic experience of what it is like to study at BCU. You may not be able to come physically to our BCU City South Campus, but during your ATD we hope you can still get information about your chosen course, learn about where your course can take you and about student life at BCU. Also, you can take virtual tours of our campus and facilities, virtually meet your future tutors, speak to current students and find out about additional support BCU can offer, including finance, mental health and wellbeing, plus learn about our BCU Student Union.


Take part in interactive sessions

We still want you to gain the most out of the sessions, therefore alongside making the ATDs as informative as possible, we are also making them interactive and engaging. Examples include polls, discussions, tasks you can complete with items from around your home and quizzes.


Meet your lecturers and current students

Who is better to hear from about what student life is really like at BCU, than our current students who are studying the course you are about to begin? You will also be able to find out more about the course from your course lecturers and learn about the ways you will be taught at BCU. So, remember to bring some paper and a pen to write down your questions and take notes of all the useful information you will receive.


Take part from your bedroom

As our 2021 ATDs are taking place online that means less work for you. You do not need to get up early to travel to our campus or waste time trying to pick the perfect outfit. However, there will be opportunities to go on camera if you wish to ask questions and join in with activities, so please bear this is mind if you’re planning on wearing your PJs.


You will be able to have your questions answered

You will able to join Q&A sessions with other offer-holders from your chosen course. This will allow you to be able to ask specific course or module-related questions. Plus, you can choose how you would prefer to ask your questions, either via the chat-bar or by using the microphone/camera feature.

Do take some time to prepare for your ATD by thinking of questions and having your laptop, tablet or smart-phone ready.


Free experience

Although we have never charged for our on-campus ATDs, taking part online means you can save on transport costs and enjoy free refreshments at home! Plus, often it is tempting to then spend longer on your visit, which is a great way to experience the local area around the campus, but can cost you more in parking fees and refreshments (which are free at home!).

What’s next?

Once you’ve attended your ATD, you can start thinking about how to get ready for university. You may want to think about your journey to campus, and familiarise yourself with maps of our City South campus and surrounding area.  Our blog also features a range of information about the facilities at City South and what the local area has to offer, as well as tips to help you get ready for university. We hope that these will give you a little insight into life on campus, until we can welcome you in person.

In addition, you can find more information specific to your course on our School blog pages:

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