On Wednesday, Year 12 students from both Challoner’s Grammar and High Schools visited Brunel University in Uxbridge for a 'life after Challoner’s' day. The visit focused on the courses available in universities and the skills needed to survive in the world after A Levels.

Brunel University, Runnymede Campus

The morning started with an introduction and welcome from Brunel, then we dived into the activities. These consisted of three careers panels, chosen out of a possible 11, with varying topics centred on different areas of study. Some highlights were: an Engineering talk by Dr R Kirby, a Physiotherapy talk by Dr M Jones and a Biomedical Sciences talk from Dr S Tosi, all professors from Brunel. There were also talks hosted by Challoner’s teachers on many other subject areas, with experts from every field there to give an insight and answer any and all questions the students had.

At lunch time the students were able to have a stroll around campus and discuss their futures with their friends from both schools, sharing experiences and knowledge from their different university open day visits. This was extremely helpful in building a complete picture of what university holds for them.

In the afternoon we went back into the lecture halls for talks that were more about skills. We learnt from two Challoner’s students about the gap years they had taken this year, including the dos and don'ts to make your gap year as productive as possible. We were given a masterclass on personal statements, with insider tips and potent examples of incorrect statements. There were also talks on the key aspects of a successful interview, and a walkthrough of the entire application process via UCAS. Some people also took the opportunity to have a campus tour with Brunel students.

All in all it was a very successful and informative day that left many students thinking hard about their choices. We would like to thank Brunel for their kind hospitality and all of the professionals who gave up their time to inform us about their fields.