Discover RAU

Discover what it is like to live and study at the RAU.

This three day residential taster course for 16-17 year olds (i.e. year 12 or equivalent) is designed to give you the opportunity to explore our friendly campus and get a taste of what it is like to live and study with us. You will stay in student accommodation, attend sample lectures, take part in fun practical activities on the University farms, and get lots of information and advice about coming to university. The sessions will be tailored towards your main subject of interest, whether that’s agriculture, land management or business.

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When is it?

The next Discover RAU course will be held in Summer 2020, dates to be confirmed.

Where is it held?

The Royal Agricultural University, Stroud Road, Cirencester GL7 6JS.

How much does it cost?

The course costs £60 per person. This includes accommodation at the RAU on both nights, and all meals and sessions throughout.

Free places are available to students who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Live in a UK postcode identified as having low progression to higher education (i.e. POLAR4 Q1 or Q2, to check eligibility please email
  • Have been eligible for Free School Meals
  • Currently/have been in local authority care
  • From an ethnic group under-represented at the RAU (i.e. Black, Asian and mixed backgrounds featuring one of these groups)

How do I get to the RAU? 

You will need to organise and cover the costs of your own transport to and from the RAU. To support this, we’re happy to provide a free pick up service from our closest train station, Kemble. If you are struggling to cover the costs of your travel please contact us on to discuss.

Who is eligible? 

To take part in Discover RAU, you must be 16 or 17 years old and currently studying in year 12 or equivalent (i.e. first year of a level 3 qualification). In addition, you must have achieved a minimum of five GCSEs, including English and Mathematics at Grade C / 4 or higher.

How do I apply? 

Applications will open in 2020.