Hull College’s recent Taster Days proved to be a huge success as more than 1,200 Year 10 pupils from across Hull and East Yorkshire gained a valuable insight into life at the college.
Held for the first time since 2019, the Taster Days saw potential students from Malet Lambert, South Hunsley, Winifred Holtby Academy, Sirius West Academy, The Boulevard Academy, Kelvin Hall, Newland School for Girls, Sirius Academy North, Withernsea High and 14-16 College visit the college between Monday 27th June - Wednesday 6th July.
All attendees were given the opportunity to get some hands-on experience of courses available to study at the college by participating in sessions for two different curriculum subjects, ranging from Art & Design to Motor Vehicle, Sport to Applied Science and Bricklaying to Catering - and everything in-between.
Reflecting on the success of the Taster Day sessions, School Liaison Coordinator Holly Pratt said: “It was great to see so many Year 10 pupils from schools across the region visiting the college and taking the initiative to explore the subjects they are interested in potentially studying once they have completed their GCSEs.
“We have already received positive feedback from schools, which will be used to inform and shape future Taster Day sessions. I would also like to take the opportunity to thank every member of staff - curriculum and support - who played a part in helping to arrange and host these events - your support was very much appreciated.”
Feedback from pupils who attended included…
“I’m so glad I was involved in the Catering taster. We made ten scones and I’ve eaten two already – they were delicious! It was an enjoyable day and I’m definitely going to come to Hull College to study Catering. I loved it!”
“Obviously it was a lot different to school but I found the whole experience very enjoyable. It was nice to get an insight into what life at college will be like for when the time comes.”
“I did the Sport and Business sessions and the whole day was both interesting and informative. I loved my time at college and if the opportunity arose, I would definitely come back again. I’d have no hesitations about recommending the college to anyone else as well.”
Sirius Academy West
“I had an amazing experience at Hull College! I was lucky enough to do the Creative Media and Production Arts sessions and both were very hands-on. They taught me so much about the courses and I even picked up some new skills whilst doing them. It was so much fun!
The Boulevard Academy
“The best part of the day was getting to so some acting in Performing Arts - I loved it! It was so much fun and I thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to work with people and other students who are passionate about the same things as me.”
“I loved having the opportunity to do experiments in Applied Science - it was so much fun! Travel and Tourism was great as well. The whole day provided a great insight into what it’s like to be a student at Hull College and I’m definitely interested in studying Travel and Tourism here.”
Newland School for Girls
“The staff at the college were great to deal with and made the overall experience very enjoyable. The Engineering session was very hands-on and it was nice that we were able to use the machinery in the workshop. I’ve had a great day!”
Withernsea High School
“I’ve had a really good experience on both the Health & Social Care and Criminology taster sessions today. The best thing about the day was having the opportunity to experience courses that I’m interested in studying after finishing school and finding out more information about life at Hull College.”
Sirius Academy North
“My Taster Day experience was very good. Everything was very professional and the Art & Design and Creative Media sessions I took part in both involved practical work, which was good. I really liked the storyboards task in Creative Media - it was fun. It has been nice to have the opportunity to explore subjects that I’m interested in studying at college.”