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Support for secondary school subject areas

At Manchester, we offer a range of opportunities and experience to enrich your secondary school curriculum, designed to stretch and challenge learners to reach their full potential.

On-campus activities

Pupils from your school can enjoy a wide range of academic enrichment activities, relating to various subject areas, held on our Manchester campus.

Subjects covered include science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), healthcare and related subjects, various languages, and humanities subjects.

Our colleagues in the Faculty of Humanities, and their academic Schools, also run events, so please do take a look at the webpages for the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, the School of Social Sciences, the School of Law, the Alliance Manchester Business School, and the School of Environment, Education and Development for further information.

If you’d like to know more about the humanities-related events, please email

Activities delivered in your school

'Why Study?' presentations with optional workshops

Our 'Why Study?' series of presentations provides up-to-date information, advice and guidance (IAG) to young people, so that they can make informed decisions about their future. They aim to raise awareness of, and aspiration to, some of the most competitive and demanding subject areas in higher education.

We can deliver these presentations at schools based within one hour's drive of The University of Manchester. Talks are flexible and may last from 30 to 45 minutes.

All presentations:

  • provide information on popular disciplines available at university, which are not taught, or are less widely taught, in the 14-19 curriculum;
  • demonstrate some of the skills developed by studying a degree in this subject area;
  • explore some of the careers that graduates from these subject areas could progress into;
  • inform learners of any specific progression information, if appropriate (eg any preferred or mandatory GCSE or A-level subjects);
  • raise awareness of additional opportunities available through degree courses in this subject area (eg study abroad or industry placement opportunities).

We can combine our presentation with an interactive workshop, should your school timetable allow. These workshops are designed by post-doctoral researchers and postgraduate students at Manchester, who are at the forefront of research in their respective fields.

Workshops aim to give learners a hands-on, interactive taster of the subject area. They may last 60-75 minutes, depending on the time available. The featured subject areas provide an introduction to learners in subjects they may not have encountered yet, but are interested in pursuing post-16.

Subjects currently on offer include:

  • American Studies
  • Audiology
  • Biological Sciences
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • English Literature
  • Health Care
  • History
  • Geography
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Languages
  • Law
  • Materials Science
  • Mathematics
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Physics
  • Planning
  • Psychological Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Religion and Theology
  • Social Anthropology
  • Sociology

To make an enquiry about a Why Study?' talk, simply complete our Why Study? booking form.

If you have any enquiries about any other activities, please email: