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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.

Routes into STEM

Here is an exciting opportunity to explore the various routes you can take towards your STEM career. This course is designed to give insight into pathways following GCSEs or Nat 5 and Highers, including study routes via college, university and direct apprenticeship routes through industry. 

This inspiring course runs over 10 months from 2 October 2023 to 2 August 2024 and students can join anytime and can complete flexibly within this time. Young people will be able to work through activities and projects at their own pace, tour a variety of institutions virtually and also have access to live career sessions and mentor panels with STEM employers.

Students will be expected to complete around 20hrs of flexible study, and will experience live Q&A sessions after school, during half terms and summer holidays, including live STEM education and career Q&A sessions with a range of role models such as student ambassadors, apprentices, graduates, academics, and STEM employers.

Students will also choose from a range of exciting projects developed by the provider's University and Industry partners to work on during the course.

The course will:

  • Give students a fantastic insight into what life would be like in a variety of different settings, including colleges, universities and direct apprenticeships.
  • Grant an access to a comprehensive programme of study and engaging challenges that enable students to better understand their future education and career options.
  • Set out a chance to do exciting STEM activities and projects, for example redesigning Oxford Street in London, designing a Cockpit for the Tempest Aircraft, or making a game using Python.
  • Provide access to live STEM education and career Q&A sessions with range of role models including student ambassadors, apprentices, graduates, academics, and STEM employers.
  • Award students with the Bronze Industrial Cadets award; an industry-led accreditation. Upon completion of the course students will be in a position to make a more informed decision about their future.


£75 towards the cost of administration and the Industrial Cadets Bronze award. Bursary places are available, please refer to the application form.




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

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:

  • 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.

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STEM Ambassadors

STEM Ambassadors from a wide range of STEM-related jobs to help bring subjects to life.

  • Ages 11 to 18+
  • In-school
  • Full day
  • Free

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