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Subject Taster Sessions

The University is currently offering virtual taster sessions in a variety of subjects.  For more information, please click here.

Contact schools@uos.ac.uk to book any of the sessions or to enquire about tasters in other subjects. Sessions can be delivered in schools/colleges or on-campus.  

Suffolk Business School

Accounting & Finance: The Business Boardroom

Students will be assigned a role within the boardroom, for example: chairman of the board, CEO, CFO or finance director, production director, marketing director, quality assurance director, sales director, independent director, or audit committee chair. They will get a real sense of what the roles entail, and the responsibilities that they hold. Activities will include numerical problem solving, such as budgeting, cash flow, and sales mix. Students will work as a board and team to make key decisions for the company to ensure its success.

Business Management: Managing and Influencing 

This session centres around playing a ‘game’ in which the object is for students, acting as managers, to successfully influence the behaviours of their staff. Played across a number of rounds, more complex ideas are introduced allowing students to explore ideas of motivation, power and influence. The session can be tailored to align to either GCSE, A Level or BTEC curricula and can be used to introduce or reinforce themes such as communication, structure, motivation, reward or change. It is also possible to use the session to reference the work of theorists such as Mayo, Lewin, Blake Mouton or others (let us know if you’re looking for something in particular). The session can run from 1 to 3 hours.

Marketing: To be, or not to be (in Love Island) that is the question…

Using Love Island as a case study this session provides a critical examination of this cultural phenomenon. Reflecting the real life dilemmas for marketing practitioners the aim of the session is to show how marketing theory can illuminate a complicated and potentially lucrative marketing opportunity.

The session begins by asking students to consider if as a brand manager they would sponsor and provide products for this popular ITV show. Content then includes celebrity endorsement, marketing ethics, intellectual property and issues with mental wellbeing of contestants. Referencing the marketing mix or 4P’s as well marketing communications theory this session brings to life both BTEC and A ‘Level Business Studies showing students how topics covered by students on these courses would be approached in post compulsory education setting.

School of Engineering, Arts, Science and Technology

Mobile & Web Development: Creating an Online Shop

This hands-on taster session allows students to build a live online shop. Students will begin by choosing a brand for their shop and then utilise cloud technologies to create a live e-commerce environment. Finally, students will add products and create promotional codes to promote their new website. This session would normally run for 60-minutes and no prior knowledge of web development is required.

School of Health and Sports Sciences

Diagnostic Radiography


Diagnostic Radiography: A whistle stop tour of Diagnostic Radiography

Find out about equipment used to produce X-ray images and how these images are used to diagnose, monitor and treat patients.

This session can be run from 30 minutes to 1 hour and provides an introduction to Diagnostic Radiography, the role of the Radiographer, case studies (interactive), course information and careers advice. It may suit students in years 10-13 exploring career options.

Diagnostic Radiography: Diagnostic Methods in Medicine (Radionuclide Imaging)

It’s not all about X-rays… gamma photons are also used to demonstrate injury, illness and disease.  

Find out about the equipment used to detect gamma photons and create the image, and how these images are used in the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of patients. This session may suit those students studying Medical Physics as part of the A level curriculum.

Diagnostic Radiography: Describing Fractures

Find out about the different types of fractures and their appearances on X-rays in this interactive University taster session.

This is a 1 hour session  which introduces the concepts of X-rays and basics of fracture types and appearances using examples and cases which are highly visual combined with an interactive quiz. This may suit students in years 11-13 who are considering further and higher education.

Diagnostic Radiography: Electromagnetic Spectrum, Electricity Generation & Medical Applications

Find out about the electromagnetic spectrum and electricity generation and how it applies to medical practice in the field of Radiography.

Each session is approximately 1-1.5 hours and have been tailored for an Access to Higher Education Applied Science course.

Sport Performance Analysis


Sport Performance Analysis: Player Scouting and Recruitment Analysis Workshop

This session will provide an overview of the process professional teams go through to identify and monitor players in advance of transfer windows. There will also be an opportunity to be involved in a mini transfer window task utilising software tools used throughout the Premier League and other elite sports organisations. Students will receive an introduction to applied performance analysis skills and work in teams to tight deadlines. They will need to work on their communication, technical skills and time-management. The session can run on campus from 1 to 3 hours (Maximum group of 20 per session).

Sport Performance Analysis: Opposition Scouting Analysis Workshop

The session will offer an introduction to the processes professional teams use to study and prepare for their opponents in a range of elite sports. Students will have the opportunity to be involved in a mini opposition scouting task, they will get to use software tools used by elite sports teams and Olympic athletes. Students will receive an introduction to applied performance analysis skills and work in teams to tight deadlines. They will need to work on their communication, technical skills and time-management. The session can run on campus from 1 to 3 hours (Maximum group of 20 per session).

Sport Performance Analysis: Applied Performance Analysis Workshop

Our staff will introduce students to the area of performance analysis in sport and how it supports the coaching and development of athletes. In this hands-on taster session students will be introduced to a range of tools and software packages used by elite sports teams and Olympic athletes. They will get to use the tools themselves and learn by doing in our modern analysis suite. They will need to work on their communication, technical skills and time-management. The session can run on campus from 1 to 3 hours (Maximum group of 20 per session).

Sport Performance Analysis: Introduction to Performance Analysis in Sport

Our staff will introduce students to the area of performance analysis in sport and how it supports the coaching and development of athletes. We will demonstrate a range of performance analysis tools used by teams, coaches and athletes in the Premier League, Premiership Rugby, Olympic events and on Sky Sports. Students will get to learn about how these tools are used in applied settings and about the role technology and data play in sporting performance. There will also be an opportunity to discuss how students can pursue their sporting interests and work in elite sport themselves. The session can run for approximately 1 hour.

School of Social Sciences and Humanities

History sessions


History: Europe and the Political Right; Lessons from History

Across Europe between the First and Second World Wars far right political movements took control of Germany, Italy, Spain, Romania, Poland, Yugoslavia, Portugal and Austria and the Soviet Union became a communist dictatorship. This taster session asks students to consider the factors that allowed this to happen and to look at Europe today to decide if any of the same conditions exist and what the future dangers may be.

History: Judging History; the Execution of Benjamin Hart.

In February 1917 Private Benjamin Hart of the Suffolk Regiment, a young man from Ipswich, was executed for desertion in France. This taster session asks students to consider the conditions that existed during the First World War and the circumstances of Hart's execution and asks if it is viable or sensible to try to judge past events from our present position.

Policing sessions


Policing: An Introduction to Professional Policing

It has been said that the police service are the best known and the least understood of all public institutions.  Students taking this taster session could help to change that!  Participants will explore contemporary policing from the perspectives of criminology, sociology, history, law and politics.  They'll explore the crucial issues and challenges that face the police when trying to keep the public safe, and gain a greater understanding of the role of the police officer.  The session is suitable for any year 12 (or equivalent) student with an interest in progressing to a Policing degree and a career in the police service.

Sociology sessions


Sociology: Are things getting better? – Worldwide Happiness and Well Being

This session will explore how we can subjectively measure happiness and wellbeing. It will outline changes in the objective well-being of people across the world in the 21st century.  The session is interactive and will allow you to check your own knowledge of how well we are living.

Sociology: Globalization and Migration

This session will explore evidence for globalization and how this has changed how we live over the last 30-40 years. People moving around is a key aspect of globalization and the session will outline patterns of movement and different types of migration. There will be a focus on some of the key movements of people and recent data on migration.

Sociology: Sociology of Educational Inequality

What chances do we have in life? This session will explore the patterns of education inequality and main explanations of these. Educational inequality will be explored for social class, gender and ethnicity.

Sociology: Are we in control?

What are the key recent changes in social life? Is there such a thing as society? What are the key explanations of social change? Are we in control of our own destiny? What is the role of sociology in understanding our world?