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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.

Routes into STEM

The virtual Routes into STEM course allows students aged 13 to 16 to recognise the variety of opportunities available to them after taking their GCSEs or Nat 5 and Highers, providing them access to key information on different pathways: college, university and employer.

Diverse live interactive sessions will take place during spring half-term or summer holidays allowing students to listen and ask questions to a variety of STEM professionals and student ambassadors. Students will also choose from a range of exciting projects, developed by EDT's university and industry partners, to work on during the course.

This course will:

  • give students a fantastic insight into what life would be like in a variety of different settings
  • grant an access to a comprehensive programme of study and engaging challenges enabling students to better understand their future study and career options
  • provide a chance to do exciting STEM activities and projects, such as redesigning Oxford Street in London, design a cockpit for the Tempest Aircraft or make a game using Python
  • provide an access to live STEM education and career Q&A sessions with a range of role models including student ambassadors, apprentices, graduates, academics, STEM employers
  • award students with an industry led accreditation: the Industrial Cadets Bronze award
  • enable students to make a more informed decision about their future


£60 towards the cost of administration and the Industrial Cadets Bronze award.

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

Dates and location

  • 10 February to 3 March 2022, online.
  • 14 July to 4 August 2022, online.


~20 hours of flexible study.

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
    • Mechanical engineering, systems and processes

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:

  • 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:

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

  • Listening - the ability to listen and understand information.

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