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University of Plymouth Engineering Degree Taster Programme

September 1, 2021
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When is it?

This programme will take place from September 1st.

When is the deadline?

The deadline for applications is August 27th.

Am I eligible?

This programme is designed for students aged 14-18 years old.

What's involved?

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Get an in-depth look into what it’s like to study at university, featuring an interactive look into the content of your course of choice.

Connect with course leaders

Coming soon, there will be fully interactive webinar sessions with course leaders and academics to answer your questions directly.

Fit it around your schedule

Each Programme consists of 10-hours of work, which can be completed flexibly over the course of two weeks, complete with taster activities, reflection tasks and interactive quizzes. Also coming soon, the programmes will involve live webinars with notable academics and course leaders.


This programme is free to complete.

Add the experience to your CV and Personal Statement.

Get the advice you need, straight from the experts themselves.

Stand out from the competition.

The agenda/overview

There’s a lot that goes into deciding what to study at university. The University of Plymouth Engineering Degree Taster Programme will answer all that you need to know about studying a degree in engineering with the University of Plymouth. You’ll receive an introduction to Plymouth as a place to study, as well as an in-depth insight into Mechanical, Civil & Coastal, Electrical & Electronic and Marine Technology engineering. Not to mention, the programme will include activities, quizzes and live webinars with academics from the university.

This programme will give you a real insight into becoming a Plymouth Engineer. You will discover vital employability tips, how to prepare for applying, interviews skills advice and much more. Not to mention that the whole degree taster programme is a great reference point, so you'll cover how to use this experience to build your personal statement.

What you'll cover

During the University of Plymouth Engineering Degree Taster Programme, you will cover the following:

  • Welcome and introduction to becoming a Plymouth Engineer
  • Welcome to the University of Plymouth
  • Engineering at the University of Plymouth: Here you’ll get to see and learn about the state of the art facilities. You’ll be given an in depth insight into studying Mechanical, Civil & Coastal, Electrical & Electronic and Marine Technology engineering at the University of Plymouth and hear from internationally recognised experts passionate about an excellent learning experience.
  • Life as a Student at the University of Plymouth
  • Careers and employability as a Plymouth Engineer
Coming Soon!

Speciality taster sessions: Engage in real research tasks and a taster lecture with academics to help you build your understanding of what a degree actually looks like

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Common questions

Please take a look at the FAQs below; and If you still need help, you can speak to our team on Live Chat. Monday to Friday (9am - 6pm).
What device should I use?
Use a desktop computer if you’re able to and use the Chrome browser.
What if I can’t attend a live talk?
Don’t worry if you can’t attend a webinar a recording will be added for you to watch on-demand.
What times are the webinars and where can I watch them?
You can find all the webinars within the live webinar section of your degree taster programme. You can resume your degree taster programme by going to our work experience platform and signing in below.

The webinars typically last for about 40 minutes to an hour, and you will have the opportunity to ask questions to the speakers via a Q&A function.
Do I need to watch the webinar to do the activities?
We recommend that you watch the webinars live where possible, as the industry experts and professionals will be able to give you insights that you may wish to use for the activity. However, for most programmes, you should be able to complete the activities and quizzes with the information that has been provided too.
What software do you use for the live talks?
We use a tool called BigMarker & YouTube Live for our live talks that won’t require you to download anything.
What if I can’t upload my work?
Please try saving your work as a PDF before uploading it.
I can’t sign in because my password isn’t working
If you forgot your password then you should be able to reset it here:

Don’t forget your work experience account is different from your main Springpod account so your passwords won’t be the same.
Where do I resume the programme?
You can resume your degree taster programme by going to our work experience platform and signing in here:
I never received an email inviting me to join a programme?
If you completed the application process before the deadline then you should have received an email informing you whether or not you have a place. If you did not then please email:
Do I need my camera on for Live Talks?
No, not at all! You do not need your camera on at any time. Just be sure you have a good set of speakers or headphones for the live talks.
Will I receive a certificate?
Yes, you will receive a certificate on completion of your programme. This will be emailed to you.
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