Discover the Depth of Engineering at Durham

Discover the Depth of Engineering at Durham

Durham University

"This Headstart course has really opened my eyes to the discipline of general engineering, which I didn't think I would enjoy as much as I had.  It has been great to meet other young students that  are considering similar degrees at university as not many (especially girls) from my school are! The staff have been fantastic and I have really enjoyed my week at Durham university."

Headstart at Durham provides a dynamic and enjoyable course spanning a variety of engineering technologies including elements of mechanical, civil, electrical and manufacturing engineering. You will tackle two design, build and test projects during the four days. Recent projects include electromagnetic cranes, marine vehicles to collect surface debris (table tennis balls) and a fully functioning lightweight hovercraft to carry the team. You will get to stay in one of the university's colleges and experience many aspects of student life.

What will I be doing?

• Design, construction and testing of two varied projects
• University-style lectures on diverse topics such as mechanics, thermodynamics and F1 car design 
• Industrial visits to local engineering companies and sites
• Group presentation exercise 
• Discussion of higher education options and careers in engineering
• Leisure evenings in Durham

Would this course suit me?

The University of Durham Headstart experience reflects the broad-based approach of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences to allow you to see the different branches of engineering and make an informed choice for your university options and future career in the profession.

Durham is a historical city and the University runs a collegiate system.  The university admissions criteria require a high academic track record and the Headstart course reflects this.

Headstart at Durham also offers 'Dragonfly', an exciting module for younger girls, mentored by female Year 12 Headstart students who stay over to help run the day on Friday, 13 July 2018.  If you would like to help mentor on this day please write this into your personal statement when you apply for your Headstart course.

Course code: 
Course dates: 
Monday, July 9, 2018 - 10:00 to Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 15:00
(3 nights residential)