Attending an open day is the best way to find out whether you like a university or not. If you’re still deciding which university to apply to then the open day will give you a flavour of what the institution is really like and could help you make your choice.
All open days are different and universities will put on a programme of tours, talks, and events to show prospective students what their university has to offer. You’ll usually get a guided tour of the university buildings and facilities such as the library, sports facilities, and Student Union bar.
Demonstrations, example lectures, and subject talks are also a common part of a university open day. You’ll have a chance to see where you’ll be studying, talk to your subject tutors, and look around the university accommodation.
An open day is your chance to learn more about the subject you want to study and ask any important questions you may have. Usually the admissions team will be on hand to answer any general enquiries and you’ll have a chance to ask your subject tutors and lecturers any subject related questions.
With courses such as Dentistry it may not be possible for you to view all of the facilities on the open day. This is because many dental schools teach the clinical part of their course in a working hospital.
Some universities offer you the chance to see the hospital facilities via video link on the open day and then visit the hospital if you’re invited for an interview.
Interviews are usual if you’re applying for a Dentistry course. You’ll probably have a short individual interview and you may also have to demonstrate your team working abilities in a group interview.
At some university interviews you’ll also have to complete practical tasks at different “stations” and you’ll be marked on how well you do in each short task.