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Insight into university

Year 11 to 12/S5 to S6 students can experience STEM studies at university and the career opportunities that these subjects lead to.

Insight into university

The course will consist of some core modules covering topics such as STEM careers, university life and study skills. These will be studied alongside subject-specific modules that students can pick and mix to match their own interests:

  • University life and sector research – guided learning to understand what life at university is like, hints and tips for applying and choosing the right university and course for them, a day in the life of a student videos.
  • STEM subjects available at university – information about the different STEM subject options that are available at university and how these link to careers.
  • Virtual university and site visits - video tours around unis, links to virtual open days, virtual site visits for industry partners or university research facilities.
  • Live sessions – a selection of live sessions to allow students to interact with academics, university admissions tutors, current undergraduates, mentors, young graduates, and industry experts. Students will hear information first-hand and be able to ask all of their questions.
  • University presentations and activities – taster lectures, on-line tutorials and activities, soft skills advice, and activities.
  • Hands-on problem solving and critical thinking – practical activities, projects and challenges developed by EDT's university partners.
  • World of work – workshops set by STEM industry partners.
  • Graduation


£75 towards the cost of administration and the Industrial Cadets Silver award.

Bursary places are available, please refer to the application form.

Dates and location

20 June to 14 August 2022, online.


~30 hours of flexible project work.

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
    • Chemical engineering
    • Electronics, robotics and programming
    • Energy and environment
    • General engineering
    • Materials, products and manufacturing
    • Mechanical engineering, systems and processes
    • Medicine and healthcare
    • Space and aerospace engineering
    • 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.

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

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Routes into STEM

An exciting online course for Year 9 to 10/S3 to S4 students to explore the various routes they can take towards their STEM career.

  • Ages 11 to 16
  • Online
  • Flexible project work
  • Cost applies Bursaries available

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