Young Carer - Higher Education workshops

The University of Salford Outreach team work as part of The Greater Manchester Higher collaborative network to provide impartial information advice and guidance to help young people access Higher Education and make an informed choice about their future. 


We can offer a range of presentations and workshops that can be delivered in-person on our university campus, at a location that suits you or virtually via your platform of choice to Young Carers across Greater Manchester. 

Presentations available are:

Name of Presentation

Age group


HE Uncovered

Y8 – 9

Introduces the learner to higher education and links to the importance of GCSE subject choices and attainment as a gateway to success

Why HE?

Y10 – 11

Provides a more detailed look at higher education pathways, including degree apprenticeships, and how decisions at age 16 can help shape these.

Student Life

Y9 – 10

Led by students from local universities, this workshop offers a realistic insight into student life. Topics covered include academic study, extra-curricular activities, accommodation, pastoral support and ‘what I wish I had known before HE’.

Interview Skills

Y10 – 11

This session provides learners with ‘top tips’ around preparing for college, apprenticeships and higher education interviews. Due to the large volume of requests, we are unable to support with mock interviews

Revision Skills

Y10 – 11

This session is designed to help students to thrive and achieve their potential during the exam season, covering exam techniques, mental wellbeing and revision hacks.

Study Skills

Y10 – 11

This session will help learners to develop effective study strategies including managing their time and distractions, note-taking and self-reflection, and supporting them to feel more confident in the classroom.

Budgeting Skills

Y10 – 11

This workshop will enable learners to understand more about university finance, day-to-day living costs and how to develop money management skills to support independent living.

Preparing for HE

Y12 – 13

This presentation provides a detailed overview of HE options and aims to inform decision-making through enabling learners to independently research their options and understand what is needed to make a successful application.

Interview Skills

Y12 – 13

Being fully prepared for assessment and interview is important for learners applying for competitive Higher Level and Degree Apprenticeships, and selective UCAS courses. This workshop looks at techniques and best practice, as well as tips on how to prepare.





Degree or Apprenticeship?

Y12 – 13

Increasingly, this is becoming a key decision for many post-16 learners. Higher and Degree level Apprenticeships are ‘fee free’, but they remain very competitive to secure. This session helps learners look at the ‘pros vs cons’ of apprenticeship pathways, as well as looking at ways to build their ‘employability’ through traditional HE routes via UCAS

Why HE? Researching Your Options

Y12 – 13

This workshop will introduce higher education to post-16 learners and enable them to assess which HE pathway is most suitable for them. It is best suited for learners with little prior knowledge of HE

Managing your UCAS Offers


This session looks at what happens from the perspective of both the learner and the university or college. It provides an insight into the different types of offers made to learners and how best to make informed decisions.

Student Life

Y12 – 13

Hear directly from our student ambassadors who are studying for higher education qualifications in the region’s universities and colleges. They will pass on their advice on to how to ‘survive and thrive’ at university, tackling issues such as budgeting, adapting to the new learning environment, making the most of the student experience and advice around managing the UCAS process.

Budgeting Skills

Y12 – 13

This workshop will enable learners to understand more about university finance, day-to-day living costs and how to develop money management skills to support independent living.


Carer Specific talks:

 ‘HE for Me’ Young Carers Session Y9+:

This 20-minute presentation or 45-minute workshop provides a general overview of HE, as well as specific information about the support available for young carers and can be delivered in a venue of your choice. We will tailor this activity to the age and interests of the group.


Ad-hoc CPD

These bespoke sessions can be delivered at a time/venue of your choosing, either as a standalone session or as part of a wider training day. We will cover key themes such as the benefits of attending HE, how to apply, financial and pastoral support and how best to support your young person. Suitable for Local Authority staff, Carers centre staff and anybody who supports young carers.


Bespoke visit

A bespoke visit or session in-school/carers centre using any of the presentations listed above

Who to contact

Contact Name
Carl Gleeson
Contact Position
Outreach and Widening Participation Officer - University of Salford
0161 295 8181 0161 295 8181
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Where to go

The University of Salford
The Crescent
Greater Manchester
M5 4WT
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Associated Cost


Referral not required

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