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Routes Into STEM

Students gain first-hand experience of life at college, university and within a company.

Routes Into STEM

Routes into STEM is an innovative 3-day course that provides young people in year 9 and 10 or S2 and S3 an amazing chance to compare college, university and apprenticeship pathways into STE(A)M careers.

During the experience, higher education institutes showcase STEM courses, apprenticeships, degrees and careers, giving students the opportunity to make informed decisions about their future career.


Minimum of 20 participants, maximum of 30 participants.


£140 to be paid by the students. Funding may be available. 

Dates and Location

Visits take place during February, May and October half term. There are conformed locations in:

Hertfordshire, London, Kent, Cambridge, Reading, Plymouth, Telford, Southampton, Northampton, Bedfordshire, Coventry


1 day at each location. 3 days in total to complete the course. Each activity session ranges from 1 to 1.5 hours with various hands-on activities, as well as networking sessions with employers and role models within STEM. 

Learning outcomes

  • Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects

  • Improve attainment and progress in STEM subjects

  • Learning what the engineering workplace is like

  • Develop engineering employability skills

  • Improve awareness and aspirations for STEM-related study and careers

  • Challenge stereotypes by showing the diversity of disciplines, people and skills involved in engineering

Subjects and topics

    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Computing
    • Design and Technology
    • Engineering
    • Maths
    • Physics
    • Biotechnology
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Design/Art/Fashion
    • Electronics/Robotics/Programming
    • Energy/Environment
    • Entertainment
    • Materials/Products/Manufacturing
    • Medicine/Healthcare
    • Space/Aerospace Engineering
    • Sport/Fitness
    • Structures/Construction/Civil Engineering
    • Transport

Gatsby benchmarks

The Gatsby benchmarks are a framework for good careers guidance for schools across all of England and in some areas across the rest of the UK. This experience helps your school to reach the following benchmarks:

  • Learning from career and labour market information
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees
  • Experiences of workplaces
  • Encounters with further and higher education

Essential skills

The essential skills every young person needs to succeed in education and their future career. Find out more at the Skills Builder Partnership. This experience builds the following skills:

  • Aiming High - the ability to set clear, tangible goals and devise a robust route to achieving them.

  • Creativity - the use of imagination and the generation of new ideas.

  • Listening - the ability to listen and understand information.

  • Problem Solving - the ability to find a solution to a complex situation or challenge.

  • Speaking - the oral transmission of information or ideas.

  • Staying Positive - the ability to use tactics to overcome setbacks and achieve goals.

  • Teamwork - working cooperatively with others towards achieving a shared goal.

What the teachers say

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