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Taster Sessions

The University of Suffolk has developed taster sessions in a range of subject areas to provide prospective students with an insight into what they can study at university. For information on the subjects available, follow the links on the right to discover the tasters offered by each Department.


Taster sessions are available for upon request during term time


School and college groups


Most tasters are offered at the Ipswich Campus. Some may also be offered within your school/college. Please be aware that some tasters require specialist facilities.

An example of English taster sessions:

Option 1

This talk is designed to give students an overview of the discipline of sociolinguistics.  Topics for consideration include aspects of spoken language, and how it differs from the conventions we expect from written, standard, language.  As such, the nature of spoken language variation and change will be explored alongside social aspects (such as context and audience design, gender and age), in order to highlight the importance of variation and the role it plays in society. 

Option 2

This talk explores the nature of language acquisition and the type of patterns we might expect from the process of language learning.  The biological nature of our brain structures and cognitive functions will be introduced, and these will be used to explore questions such as why children learn language better than adults. Are there any patterns we might see across the acquisition of different languages, and what do these Universals tell us? The talk also offers an introduction to case studies demonstrating what we can learn from a-typical acquisition.


We have recently developed a new online taster session for the BA (Hons) Special Educational Needs and Disability Studies degree. This taster is offered using Course Sites by Blackboard and can be completed whenever and wherever suits you best. More information is available on the Online Taster Session page.

Can I book a taster as an individual?

Taster sessions are offered to school and college groups but we could arrange for you to visit the University of Suffolk to meet a course tutor and have a tour of the campus if you wish. Please email if you are interested in booking a visit.

What happens at a taster?

Taster sessions at the University of Suffolk Ipswich Campus also usually include a tour of the campus, library and accommodation. This will take one hour longer than the time scheduled for the taster session, and can take place at anytime during the visit. Lunch or refreshments will not be provided, but there are facilities on-site for groups to have a break or lunch if required.

The Student Recruitment and Outreach team can also offer further talks and workshops in a variety of areas including Making University Choices, Student Finance, UCAS and Personal Statements. Further information can be found in the Talks and Presentations section of the website. All activities can be tailored to the requirements of the group attending.

Will the taster session fit into the school curriculum?

Tasters have been developed to provide students with an insight into the range of degrees available at university. The workshop leaders are happy to discuss taster content with the organiser prior to the visit to ensure the session meets the needs of the group attending. Please contact us to discuss further.

How do I book?

All taster sessions can be booked by emailing the team on or by calling 01473 338600.