Open Days for Social Policy: how to make the most of them

Mina Antwi

Faculty: Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care
School: School of Education and Social Care
Course: BA (Hons) Social Policy
Category: Social sciences and social care

28 September 2017

The decision you make about a course or university can be determined at an Open Day. An Open Day gives you the opportunity to gain insight into everything you need to know about your course, campus, student life and university.

I am glad you have decided to take interest in Social Policy. In this blog post, I am going to talk about how to make the most of the Open Day. As stated before, this is your chance to gain valuable insight into the course and the University in general. So, preparing for this day is important. Attending an Open Day can be beneficial. However, also maximizing your time on the day is the icing on the cake!

Here are a few recommendations for you.

  • Attending taster sessions: this gives you an idea of what to expect on the course and get involved in some activities (sample lectures, quizzes).
  • Subject talks: this should be one of the most important elements in decision making when choosing a course, in this case for Social Policy. This should be your main priority! Based on the talk, you can decide whether this is the right course for you. During subject talks, you will be gaining in-depth information about the course: from modules, methods of assessment (exams, assignments), what the course involves, meeting lecturers, the timetable, how many hours of teaching/lectures a week, student learning facilities, placements and career progression. Therefore, I recommend asking as many questions as you can about the course and anything in general. Plan and prepare questions you would like to ask lecturers/course mentors on the day.
  • Tours: exploring the campus (iCentre, libraries, toilets, canteens, student services), various departments (course department or faculty) the town or city. You become familiar and comfortable with the environment if you feel this is the right place for you.
  • Attending student clubs, societies, event venues: highly recommended especially during the first year; take advantage of opportunities for social life and student deals (books, accessories, clothing, events).
  • Attending accommodation talks/booths: if you plan to stay away from home, having an idea of how accommodation works, and accessibility, is important too. Get as much information as possible about accommodation on campus, various accommodation agents around Cambridge catering to students, locations of apartments, cost, whether you want to live alone or with groups of people.
  • Attending finance and money talks: talks about money handling, budgeting, saving money, student finance, options for individuals with money difficulties/support, and employment opportunities around the university. These are the key priority for all students.

I hope this is useful and remember do not limit your options on what to do on the day, these are suggestions. Just make sure you are left satisfied with the day and find out everything you need to know 😊

Find out more about Open Days at ARU.


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