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Insight into university

Get an insight into STEM studies at university and the careers they lead to!

Insight into university

This comprehensive online course allows students to experience STEM studies at university, and learn of the career opportunities that these subjects lead to. It provides access to information on student life, STEM projects and activities set by leading UK universities and global STEM companies, first year undergraduate lectures, live interactive sessions with academics, admissions tutors, employers, and current students.​

Every year EDT partner up with leading universities across the UK including Cambridge, Sheffield, Lancaster, UCL, Oxford, Liverpool, Birmingham, Nottingham, Warwick, and Strathclyde University to give students a insight into STEM courses.

Whether your students are interested in Forensic Science, Biomedical, Electronics, Computer Science, Sustainability, Aerospace, Technology, Maths, Chemistry, Robotics, or Food Science, EDT have something for you. 

Courses run throughout July and August each year so you can choose dates to fit around your other summer commitments.

The course consist of different modules, including 'World of work', 'University lectures', and 'STEM subjects at university', which students can work through at their own pace. Within each module students will have a choice of activities covering different STEM subjects, so they can pick and mix to match their own interests and tailor-make a course that suits them.


30 hours to be completed at the student's own pace.


£95 towards the cost of administration and the Industrial Cadets Silver award. Bursary places are available, please refer to the application form.

Course dates

1 July to 23 August 2024

Application deadline

30 June 2024



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
    • Agriculture and food
    • Biotechnology
    • Chemical engineering
    • Design, art and fashion
    • Electronics, robotics and programming
    • Energy and environment
    • Entertainment, sound and lighting
    • General engineering
    • Humanitarian aid
    • Materials, products and manufacturing
    • Mechanical engineering, systems and processes
    • Medicine and healthcare
    • Space and aerospace engineering
    • Sport and fitness
    • Structures, construction and 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.

  • Leadership - supporting, encouraging and motivating others to achieve a shared goal.

  • 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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Routes into STEM

An exciting opportunity for Year 9-10 / S3-S4 students to explore the various routes they can take into a career in STEM.

  • Ages 14 to 16
  • Online
  • Flexible project work
  • Cost applies Bursaries available

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