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Are you a Year 11 / S4 girl who wants to learn new skills and get ahead in the sixth form – and beyond.  If you love science, technology, engineering and maths click here to apply for our Inspire courses for 2014.

Headstart Year 12 courses

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Are you a year 12/S5 student?
We have broad based engineering courses and a wide range of specialist courses - have a look below.


Are you a parent?  Want to know more about applying for courses, have a look at our Parent's guide.

 
Broad Based Engineering Courses 2014:


               • Bristol
               • Brunel
               • Cambridge
               • Cardiff
               • Coventry
               • Durham
               • Exeter


• Heriot Watt
• Imperial
• Leeds
• Loughborough
• Manchester
• Newcastle
• Oxford


          • Salford (Insight)
          • Sheffield
          • Strathclyde
          • Surrey
          • Warwick

 

 
Specialist Courses 2014:


                 Aeronautical
 • Aeronautical Engineering at Liverpool


                 Automotive
• Automotive Engineering at West of England


Chemistry / Chemical Engineering /
        Biochemical Engineering

• Chemistry at Leeds
• Chemistry at Newcastle
• Chemical Engineering at Bath
• Biochemical Engineering at UCL


                       Civil
• Civil and Coastal Engineering at Plymouth
• Civil Engineering at West of England


           Computer Science
• Computer Science at Aston
• Computer Science at Sheffield
• Computer Science at York


                 Electronics
• Electronics at Southampton


         Geology, Geophysics and
                 Geographic

• Geographic Info Systems at Newcastle
• Geology and Geophysics at Southampton


                      Marine
• Marine Engineering and Nautical Science at Southampton
• Oceanography and Marine Biology at Southampton


             Materials Science
• Materials at Cambridge
• Materials at Oxford


                     Maths
• Maths and Statistics in the Social Sciences at Edinburgh
• Applicable Mathematics at Keele
• Maths at Lancaster
• Maths and Physics at Royal Holloway
• Discrete Maths and Computer Science at Warwick


                     Physics
• Physics at Leicester
• Nuclear Physics at Manchester
• Maths and Physics at Royal Holloway


   Project and Systems Engineering
• Project and Systems Engineering at Loughborough


                       Science
• Environmental Sciences and Sustainability at Keele
• Natural Sciences at Leicester


                          Sports
• Sports Engineering and Technology at Sheffield Hallam


Sustainable Power
• Power for the Future at Birmingham


  To view all courses click here

 

To apply online please click here

 

Girls, why not extend your Headstart experience with Dragonfly!   Some of our courses offer an extra Dragonfly Day, for younger girls who are interested in STEM subjects .  We'd love you to stay on and help as a mentor so don't forget to tell us in your application.  These courses include a Dragonfly day:

 

Durham    Manchester    Oxford   Salford   Surrey   Lancaster

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2014 Headstart programme

 

 

Aston University

 

COMPUTER SCIENCE AND SOFTWARE ENGINEERING

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 "The course was very enjoyable; it gave a useful insight into university life."

This course at Aston University is designed to expose students to a range of challenging and exciting topics with real-world applications.  It will introduce the principles by which systems for control, decision making and entertainment are designed, developed and improved, and will give students a hands-on opportunity to use a variety of tools and languages.

What’s it all about?

Students will stay onsite and get a real impression of what life is like at a small, friendly campus University.  Student ambassadors will be available throughout the course to pass on their experience and advice of higher education, and to give tours of the university campus and facilities.  Experienced undergraduate and postgraduate students will assist with labs and offer more subject-specific insights

What will I be doing?

You will be working as part of a team to design and develop an attractive and interactive format to display Facebook data.  At the end of the course you will have the opportunity to pitch your project to a Dragon’s Den panel of academics and parents.  During the course you will utilise the skills of the team and also be given guidance and exposure to a range of topics including:

• Introduction to Programming using Java 
• User Interface Design 
• Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence 
• Web Development 
• Computer Graphics 
• How computers can work with uncertain information

Would this course suit me?

If you are considering a future in the Information Technology, Communication, AI or Games sectors and want to explore your degree choices then this course is for you.  It will also offer you the chance to see what careers are available if computers are your passion.

Course code:  AST/330 
Course dates:  Monday, 14 July 2014 at 10.00 hrs - Thursday 17 July 2014 at 14.30 hrs (3 nights residential)

http://www.aston.ac.uk/

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Date Published: August 21, 2013

 

University of Bath

FOCUS ON CHEMICAL ENGINEERING

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This course at the University of Bath is designed to introduce the field of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering. Students will have the opportunity to find out why chemical engineering is so important to the future of our planet, and what it is like to be an undergraduate chemical engineer.

What will I be doing?
You will stay on campus in undergraduate accommodation. Student ambassadors and chemical engineering students will assist throughout the course to provide advice, guidance and an insight to student life at Bath.  You will take part in a range of activities that first year undergraduates would do, including:

• Lectures and discussions
• Laboratory sessions
• Industry-related activities
• Team challenges

Plus you will be given:
• Admissions information
• Chemical Engineering career information

Would this course suit me?
If you would like to find out more about how you can combine your science and maths skills and apply them to real-world problems in a challenging and fun environment then this is for you.  Chemical engineers work in a wide range of sectors from the oil industry to food and from brewing to cosmetics.

What do I need to be suitable?

To study for a chemical (or biochemical) engineering degree you need to be studying Mathematics and Chemistry.  You also need to have an enquiring mind, be creative, and like the challenge of solving problems.  The Headstart course will reflect all these aspects.

Course code: BAC/330
Course dates: Monday, 23 June 2014 at 10.00 hrs - Thursday, 26 June 2014 at 16.00 hrs (3 nights residential)

http://www.bath.ac.uk/

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Date Published: July 29, 2013

 

University of Birmingham - Power for the Future

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Energy lights and heats our buildings, feeds our transport systems, enables business and industry and fuels the global economy, and yet in the twenty-first century over a billion people worldwide still live without electricity in their homes.  We are facing our biggest challenge; how do we develop an infrastructure which can give us the energy services we want, and make them accessible to all, without undermining the ecosystem which sustains our existence?  This Headstart course will give you an opportunity to explore some of the ways in which scientists and engineers are working to tackle the problem of ensuring we all have ‘power for the future’.

What’s it all about?

This Headstart course will give you the opportunity to learn more about how science and engineering are being used to ensure we maintain global power supplies at the level needed for the 21st century.  You will have the opportunity to work with University researchers who are leading these developments, and you will get the opportunity to work with current university students on practical activities and challenges.  The course will give you experience of what university life is like, and will enable you to experience university level teaching in science and engineering.  It will also give you the opportunity to explore just some of the exciting range of career opportunities that are available to you after studying science and engineering at university. 
  
What will I be doing?

Headstart at the University of Birmingham will provide you with experience of Nuclear Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Metallurgy & Materials, Chemical Engineering, and Chemistry.  By attending the programme you will experience what undergraduate study of these subjects is like through a range of lectures, demonstrations, and laboratory and practical activities.  You will also explore how scientists and engineers are working successfully with those from other disciplines to tackle one of the most significant challenges facing the world in the 21st century.

Would this course suit me?

If you are interested in exploring how science and engineering skills can be applied to tackle global challenges then this course is for you.  Equally it will be suitable for you in for are interested in any of the following disciplines:
• Nuclear Engineering
• Electrical Engineering 
• Metallurgy & Materials
• Chemical Engineering
• Chemistry
 

What do I need to be suitable?

The University of Birmingham is an internationally renowned research-intensive university that has been challenging and developing great minds for more than a century.  Characterised by a tradition of innovation, research at the University has broken new ground, pushed forward the boundaries of knowledge and made an impact on people’s lives.  This Headstart course is designed to reflect our beliefs and values, and is designed to enable you to explore what life at our University is like.

This course will suit you if you have a scientific and mathematics background and are interested in applying your skills and knowledge to tackle global problems and challenges.  It will also provide you with a chance to sample studying and living in Birmingham and to work with those currently studying engineering at University.

Course Code:  BIR/330
Dates:  Monday, 14 July 2014 at 12.00 hrs - Thursday, 17 July 2014 at 14.00 hrs (3 nights residential)

http://www.eng.bham.ac.uk/hdstart.shtml

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 Date Published: August 27, 2013

 

University of Bristol

WHICH AREA OF ENGINEERING IS FOR ME?

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"I enjoyed the course, it gave a great insight into university life and I felt the week was well structured and contained a lot of good content."

The Headstart course at Bristol will give you the opportunity to explore the different engineering disciplines taught within the Faculty of Engineering.  You’ll experience a range of lectures and hands-on challenges that will provide a flavour of the academic side of undergraduate life.

What’s it all about?

This broad based engineering course offers a mixture of hands-on activities such as team challenges and experiments with University style lectures.  All sesions are lead by specialists and supported by our enthusiastic and knowledgeable postgraduates.

Below are the areas covered and examples of the sessions:

• Aerospace Engineering – Build and fly your own plane 
• Civil Engineering – Build and test earthquake proof structures 
• Computer Science - Special effects and animation production
• Electronic and Electrical Engineering – Build and race electric cars 
• Engineering Mathematics – A lecture on the mathematical modelling of oscillations in real world systems
• Mechanical Engineering – Testing material behaviour in the failure of structures and machines
  
Would this course suit me?

This course would suit you if you have not yet decided which area of engineering is for you.  There are a varied range of engineering areas for you to try.  The University is in the centre of an attractive and historical city

What do I need to be suitable?

An enquiring mind, an interest in technical issues and a wish to study at a research led university.  Please note that Bristol is a very hilly city.  This is not a good course for you if you have any problems with physical mobility.

Course Code:  BRI/330
Course dates:  Monday, 7 July 2014 at 10.30 hrs - Friday, 11 July 2014 at 12.30 hrs (4 nights residential)

http://www.bristol.ac.uk

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 Date Published: August 21, 2013

 

Brunel University

DESIGNING YOUR FUTURE IN ENGINEERING

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Brunel University is named after the famous engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel.  In the 100 years up to 1860 he was one of a small group of engineers who brought about the Industrial Revolution.  Brunel, perhaps, was the most prodigious of them all and many of his works, which challenged and inspired his colleagues during this period, survive today.  The Headstart course at Brunel will challenge and inspire you to focus on the varying subject areas of Engineering and Design offered by Brunel University and will help you choose which discipline would be right for you.  The School of Engineering and Design is made up of Mechanical Engineering, Electronic & Computer Engineering, Design, Civil Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing & Enterprise Engineering (postgraduate only).

This broad mix of dynamic courses offers a taste of a wide range of engineering and design disciplines that are available at Brunel.  You will also meet a good  section of academic staff.  Your time at Brunel will give you chance to experience undergraduate lectures and workshops to give you a taste of academic life.

What’s it all about?

Advanced Manufacturing & Enterprise Engineering (AMEE) has highly-rated research and teaching expertise.  Civil Engineering at Brunel University brings together the long tradition of the subject and cutting edge innovation.  Teaching is underpinned by international standard research, with an underlying theme of sustainability.  Brunel’s Design degrees are some of the most renowned and respected in Europe and are historically amongst the highest rated for product and industrial design in all the major UK league tables.  Our graduates and students have won many national and international design awards and we have the second most satisfied design students in the UK.  One of the largest subject areas in the University, Electronic & Computer Engineering, has an extensive research portfolio, combined with high-quality teaching and resources resulting in strong research links with industry and an excellent record of employment amongst our graduates.  Mechanical Engineering at Brunel has an excellent track record and an international reputation for research.  Numerous outside organisations collaborate with the School including teaching hospitals, governmental laboratories and a range of companies.

What will I be doing?

You will be staying in Halls and experiencing life as an Undergraduate, exploring the campus and have the opportunity to use the excellent sports facilities.  During the day there will be lectures and hands on projects to work on.  There will be talks from industrialists and students who are currently in the midst of their courses and able to give you a student’s view of life at Brunel.

Would this course suit me?

This course would suit you if you are interested in Engineering & Design but have not yet decided which area of Engineering/Design is for you.  You will be able to learn exactly what is available to you and find something that really interests you even if it was not your original plan.  The University is very cosmopolitan and only forty minutes away from the centre of London but far enough away so you do not pay the inner city prices.

Course code:  BRU/330

Course dates: Monday, 7 July 2014 at 11.00 hrs - Friday, 11 July 2014 at 12.00 hrs (4 nights residential)

http://www.brunel.ac.uk/

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University of Cambridge

ENGINEERING - WHICH ROUTE FOR ME?

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"I have really enjoyed the week, I liked being challenged by the context and overcoming the difficulties.  Experiencing a student's life really helped me to appreciate the level of work required and time management, however it also helped me realise that there is still fun to behad."

You will be treated as though you are a first-year undergraduate, with lectures, experimental work and projects in the University's Department of Engineering.  You will stay in Jesus College and experience a Cambridge supervision (be taught in small groups by a senior member of the University – a feature of teaching and learning at this university).  Some of the topics will stretch you considerably but you should enjoy them if you're good at mathematics and physics.

What will I be doing?

Topics likely to be included:
• Structures: learning how to analyse the forces in structures made from trusses 
• Fluids: learn why water may suddenly jump when flowing in a channel 
• Materials: test a number of materials and discover how they behave and why
• Design: design, construct, program and test a robot vehicle
  
Would this course suit me?

If you would like a challenging and intensive Headstart course looking at a range of engineering disciplines then this is for you.  You will sample collegiate life at a prestigious university and interact with academics at the top of their research fields.

What do I need to be suitable?

To study for an engineering degree at Cambridge University requires the highest academic grades and a passionate interest in engineering – this Headstart course reflects these entry requirements.

Course code:  CAM/370
Course dates:  Sunday,  22 June 2014 at 15.30 hrs to Thursday, 26 June 2014 at 12.00 hrs (4 nights residential) 

http://www.eng.cam.ac.uk/admissions/index.html

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Date Published: August 21, 2013

 

University of Cambridge - Materials Science

FOCUS ON MATERIALS SCIENCE

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"It was fantastic. It has really helped me to find out what university life is like and also helped me to decided which STEM discipline I would like to study."

This course at the University of Cambridge is designed to give you an insight into Materials Science and a flavour of what life is like as an undergraduate here.  You’ll be based in Churchill College but attend lectures and carry out practical work at the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy.

What's it all about?

Materials Science is an interdisciplinary subject, which combines elements of physics, chemistry, engineering and even biology.  We study how the properties of a material are affected by its structure and the way it has been processed, and the subject has applications in every aspect of our daily lives, from computer chips to prosthetics and from buildings to clean energy.

Materials Science at Cambridge forms part of the Natural Sciences Tripos which enables students to experience a wide range of subjects during their first two years of study. http://www.msm.cam.ac.uk/schools/headstart/

What will I be doing?

Academic staff and students will introduce you to a range of activities which will include:
• lectures on a variety of topics, such as atomic structure, mechanical properties, semiconductors and biomedical materials
• hands-on practical sessions where you will carry out experiments similar to those performed by undergraduates
• team projects
• admissions information

Would this course suit me?

If you would like a challenging and intensive Headstart course covering a range of materials science topics, then this is for you.

What do I need to be suitable?

A good understanding of maths and science will enable you to appreciate all aspects of Materials Science. To study for a Natural Sciences degree at Cambridge University requires the highest academic grades and a passionate interest in science – this Headstart course reflects these requirements.

Course code:  CDM/370  
Course dates:  Sunday, 29 June 2014 at 17.00 hrs to Thursday, 3 July 2014 at 09.30 hrs (4 nights residential)

http://www.msm.cam.ac.uk/

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 Date Published: November 26, 2013

 

Cardiff University

BROADEN YOUR HORIZONS AT CARDIFF

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 "The week was extremely enjoyable and it helped me confirm what I'd definitely like to study or not study."

The Headstart course at Cardiff provides a taster experience of what it is like to study engineering at university through a series of academic lectures by internationally renowned researchers, hands on laboratory sessions, site visits to engineering companies, and team projects.  This broad based course enables you to sample the different engineering disciplines as Cardiff School of Engineering is an integrated School which provides undergraduate programmes in Civil, Architectural, Environmental, Medical, Mechanical, Electronic, Electrical, and Integrated, Engineering. You will stay in one of the University Halls of Residence and there will be a full social programme provided.

What will I be doing?

• You will experience a mix of real university style lectures on topics such as renewable energy, communications, hydroenvironmental engineering, robotic engineering, and medical engineering.
• You will engage in hands -on small group projects e.g. design, make, and test, your own concrete boat.
• You will go on a site visit to see engineers at work.
• You will also receive presentations from engineers and current undergraduate students.
• You will participate in a full range of social activities within the University and the city.

Would this course suit me?

If you are interested in engineering but not yet sure which discipline is for you then this broad based course could well be of interest.  You will need to be interested in solving real world problems and have an aptitude for mathematics and the sciences.  Cardiff is a well -regarded and established University with excellent research facilities and industrial links.  The University is centrally located within an attractive and cosmopolitan city.

Course code:  CAR/330 
Course dates:  Sunday, 29 June 2014 at 16.30 hrs  to Thursday, 3 July 2014 at 13.00 hrs (4 nights residential)

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/engin

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 Date Published: August 05, 2013

 

Coventry University

ENGINEERS WITHOUT BORDERS

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Billions of people around the world lack access to basic services such as clean water, sanitation, shelter, energy and transport. This situation exists within the UK and across the globe; from those who are marginalised from society and in poverty, to those affected by disaster and conflict situations.

Headstart at Coventry University will give you an insight to how you, as an engineer, can work to improve quality of life for those in need. You will learn about appropriate engineering solutions in complex environments – that include not only the maths and technology, but also ethics, social justice, cultural appropriateness and affordability.

What's it all about?

This four day residential course will allow you to experience how a range of engineering disciplines are taught in Coventry University - with a focus on Humanitarian Engineering. Practical exercises will test problem solving and team-working skills, whilst the accompanying topical lectures will introduce the theory and issues engineers face in this field.  Industrial field visits will allow you to experience first-hand the challenges of providing basic needs in the UK.

All sessions will be delivered by leading academics and industrial experts to give you a change to ask lots of questions about studying engineering, and also working as an engineer.

What will I be doing?

The Course will involve a mix of:
• Hands on projects e.g. design, build and test earthquake proof shelters
• Lectures from leading researchers and practitioners in this exciting area of study
• Field trips to view real-life applications of global engineering
• Overnight accommodation in the halls of residence, Singer Hall and access to Coventry University student services
• A programme of evening social activities

All activities will be based in Coventry's brand new Engineering and Computing Faculty building, one of the most cutting edge sustainable buildings in the UK.

Would this course suit me?

This course will suit you if you have a general scientific or maths background and an interest in the global issues facing the world today.  The UK needs 50,000 new engineers by 2034 to generate creative, innovative ideas and the appropriate technologies to tackle today’s global issues.  If you are considering studying engineering at university, then this residential course will provide an introduction to the exciting and expanding topic of global engineering.  The course is supported by the charitable organisations Engineers Without Borders UK who will bring some excellent field and career links to this course.

Course code:  COV/330
Course dates:  Monday, 28 July 2014 at 11.00 hrs - Thursday, 31 July 2014 at 15.00 hrs (3 nights residential)

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Durham University

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DISCOVER THE DEPTH OF ENGINEERING AT DURHAM 

"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, 11 July 2014.  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:  DUR/330 
Course dates:  Monday, 7 July 2014 at 10.00 hrs - Thursday, 10 July 2014 at 15.00 hrs (3 nights residential)

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 Date Published: October 07, 2013

 

University of Edinburgh

MATHS AND STATISTICS IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES AT EDINBURGH

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How are statistics use – and abused – in the world of government, the media and in business? Want to transform your numerical and analytical capabilities?

Headstart at Edinburgh is for those who are interested in using maths and statistics in the worlds of government and business as a career. You may be interested in a degree in sociology, social policy or politics and international relations – or to become a lawyer or a social worker or a school teacher - but don’t want to stop using your mathematical skills. We cover how maths and statistics are used across a range of the social sciences to help you make an informed decision.

What’s it all about?

The course will begin to develop key scientific skills such as teamwork and problem solving to help you make more of your time at university. This Headstart Maths and Statistics in Social Science course, hosted by the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh, will enable participants to explore how cutting edge social science uses mathematics to explore the social world. The course contains a good mix of practical team activities, lectures and discussion which cut across a number of disciplines including Sociology, Social Policy, Politics and International Relations, Law and Education. Participants also gain an awareness of the range of undergraduate courses available at Edinburgh and an insight into potential career opportunities for social science graduates with maths skills.

What will I be doing?

• Practical real world problem solving
• Attend lectures, debates and discussion groups
• Visit the Scottish Government
• Meet current students, both undergraduates and post graduates
• Experience life as a first year undergraduate at the University of Edinburgh
• Enjoy a full programme of evening social events

Will this course suit me?

If you are interested in combining maths with humanities, come and explore how maths and statistics are used in the social sciences. This course is relevant if you are considering a career in government, in international organisations, in business or in journalism.

What do I need to be suitable?

If you enjoy maths and want to explore this subject as a possible degree subject then this course is for you.

Course code:  EMS/330
Course dates: Monday, 30 June 2014 at 14.00 hrs -  Friday, 4 July 2014 at 12.00 hrs (4 nights residential)

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 Date Published: September 04, 2013

 

University of Exeter

 ENGINEERING THE 21ST CENTURY

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Solutions to many of the greatest challenges facing society, from climate change to sustainability, will require radical new engineering approaches.  Headstart at Exeter is a non-traditional engineering course, which will give you an insight into how exciting new developments in areas such as nano-materials may play a part in addressing these global issues.

What’s it all about?

This four day residential course will allow you to experience how engineering is taught at the University of Exeter in a friendly and supportive environment; on a unique campus with lakes, parkland, woodland and gardens.

All sessions will be delivered by world leading academic and industrial experts through a mixture of university style lectures and practical project work.

What does the course include?

• stimulating lectures
• informal discussions
• tutorials
• hands-on experience
• team projects
• tours/visits
  
Would this course suit me?

If you are considering a future in engineering and want to explore a range of engineering disciplines, then this course is for you.  It will also offer you the chance to see what rewarding engineering careers are open to you.

Themes covered as part of this course include:
• Climate and sustainability
• Mining
• Functional Materials
• Manufacturing and Business
• Engineering Design
• Engineering Ethics

What do I need to be suitable?

To study engineering you need to be studying mathematics and be interested in science.  To change the world you also need to be creative, like to solve challenging problems, be innovative, consider all options and be able to justify all your decisions.

Course code:  EXE/330
Course dates: Monday, 30 June 2014 at 15.00 hrs - Friday, 4 July 2014 at 14.00 hrs ( 4 nights residential)

http://www.exeter.ac.uk/

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Heriot Watt University

BROAD BASED ENGINEERING AT A TOP SCOTTISH UNIVERSITY

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"I enjoyed the week and met lots of great people.  I feel I understand a lot more about engineering than I did before"

Headstart at Heriot Watt University allows you to experience a taste of the main engineering disciplines in pleasant and easily accessible campus surroundings just outside Edinburgh.

What’s it all about?

During the programme you will experience engineering as it is taught to undergraduates, with lectures, practicals, projects and problem-solving classes.  You will have the opportunity to meet with senior students, including postgraduates, to get an idea of what motivates and excites them about engineering.  Admissions Tutors and Lecturers will be available to meet informally, to talk about engineering careers and engineering education.  Other activities include visits to local industry, the Museum of Flight, and of course, the vibrant, historical and culturally rich city of Edinburgh.

What will I be doing?

• Experience lectures
• Practical projects
• Problem solving classes
• Meet senior students
• Visit local industries

Would this course suit me?

This course will suit you if you are interested in any of the following subjects:
• Chemical Engineering
• Civil Engineering
• Mechanical Engineering
• Automotive  Engineering
• Robotics
• Optical Engineering
• Energy Engineering

What do I need to be suitable?

If you are interested in engineering but are not yet sure which discipline might be right for you then this is a good Headstart course to help you explore your options.  It is also a chance to consider studying in the Scottish education system with its strong tradition of excellence in engineering.

Course code:  WAT/330 
Couse dates:   Tuesday, 8 July 2014 at 11.30 hrs - Friday, 11 July 2014 at 14.00 hrs (3 night residential)

http://www.eps.hw.ac.uk

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Date Published: December 06, 2013

 

Imperial College London

ENGINEERING IN THE CAPITAL

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"I  had a great time, met really interesting people (both staff and course attendees). Everyone seemed so interested and passionate about their subject and I really hope that in however many years' time I will always be equally enthused.."

"The course gave a good insight to many types of engineering."

"I really enjoyed it greatly and it has really inspired me to pursue a STEM career."

Headstart at Imperial College will provide you with an experience to explore the different engineering disciplines taught by the Faculty of Engineering. You will participate in lectures, demonstrations and laboratory activities in 8 of the Faculty's 9 departments.

What’s it all about?

This broad based course will give you an overview of the various engineering disciplines through a mixture of university-style lectures and practical activities.  All sessions are led by specialists and will give you a flavour of university life.  You will meet young graduate engineers and can question them about their study choices and their careers.  In the evenings you will take part in social and team-building activities.

What will I be doing?

Typical activities could be:-

• Learning how aerofoils work.  Designing a plane and testing it in the Honda wind tunnel 
• Learning about biomechanics, and finding out how physics, electronics and mechanics can be applied to solve healthcare problems 
• Building a volcano and recording earthquakes on a seismometer 
• Working as a team to design, build and testing of a model bridge  
• Designing, writing a market specification and constructing  of an electronic toy  
• Hands-on experience in the hydraulics, vibrations, CAD and strength of materials laboratories
• Discovering Central London student life

Would this course suit me?

This course will suit you if you are interested in any of the following subjects:
• Aeronautical Engineering
• Bio-engineering
• Chemical engineering
• Civil Engineering
• Earth Sciences Engineering
• Electrical and Electronic Engineering
• Materials Engineering
• Mechanical Engineering

What do I need to be suitable?

Imperial is a prestigious and internationally renowned research led university with high academic entry requirements and the Headstart course reflects this.  Imperial College has one of the largest engineering faculties in Europe. An engineering education at Imperial involves a rigorous grounding in the fundamentals using mathematics as a tool to support understanding and develop new concepts. We believe that comfort with the basic principles is what ultimatley drives innovation, the lifeblood of engineering. At Imperial days are long, with a typical pattern in the morning and labs in the afternoon. The Headstart course programme is very full and reflects the real pressure which undergraduate engineers experience at Imperial.

Course code: IMP/370 
Course dates: Monday, 30 June 2014 at 10.30 hrs - Thursday, 3 July 2014 at 15.00 hrs (3 nights residential)

 http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/

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Date Published: October 16, 2013

 

Keele University - Applicable Mathematics

Keele University

APPLICABLE MATHEMATICS

Mathematics combines the beautiful and the useful. It is intellectually satisfying, sometimes shocking but persistently relevant. Mathematics has well-established, yet rapidly developing, applications in business, engineering, science, technology, economics, medicine and information technology.

What’s it all about?

This course will demonstrate how mathematics is a thriving and dynamic subject. The course will encourage students to explore a variety of applications of mathematics. For example:

• Using networks and graphs to solve puzzles and real world problems
• Using number theory to solve problems in coding and cryptography
• The mathematics of designing, building and propelling a rocket
• Using probability to analyse the risk in banking and eating a bacon sandwich

What will I be doing?

The course will involve a mixture of:
• Lectures
• Group work
• Problem solving
• Practical activities

Would this course suit me?

This course is designed for those with an interest in mathematics and its applications. Mathematics is a key STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subject. The importance of mathematics to the future of the UK’s prosperity cannot be overstated and this course will give you a sample of some of the reasons for this. If you are considering studying mathematics or any science-related subject at university then this course will help you to decide between the available opportunities. If you are not considering studying mathematics or any science-related subject at university, then this course will help you to change your mind!

Keele University has an excellent international reputation for its research and teaching. The Univerisity has an attractive and extensive rural campus and is centrally located with easy access from the M6 and excellent rail links to Manchester, Birmingham and London.

Course code:  KAM/330 
Course dates:  Monday, 16 June 2014 at 11.00 hrs - Thursday, 19 June 2014 at 15.00 hrs (3 nights residential)

http://www.keele.ac.uk/

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 Date Published: July 23, 2013

 

Keele University - Environmental Science & Sustainability

Keele University

Environmental Science and Sustainability

The study of environmental problems and solutions is of growing importance as societies around the world face increasing environmental threats posed by issues such as climate change, pollution, resource depletion and land degradation. In order to tackle such environmental problems, it is essential that societies have well trained people who are able to analyse the scientific, social, economic and political aspects of these complex problems. All organisations, from private business and industry to local government, increasingly need to engage with environmental issues and hence this is one of the fastest growing areas of employment opportunities.
 

What’s it all about?

This four-day residential course aims to provide you with an overview of studying environmentally-related subjects at University, through a mixture of class-room based and practical activities. The course is delivered by a team of dedicated environmental specialists with leading reputations in their fields and a strong commitment to dynamic and supportive high-quality teaching.

What will I be doing?

The course will involve a mix of: 
• Field trips around Keele University’s 250 hectare rural campus 
• Hands-on laboratory experiments and practical demonstrations
• A visit to the Keele Hub for Sustainability (http://www.keele.ac.uk/keelehub/)
• Debates on topical environmental issues (e.g., climate change, water resources)
• Discussion of higher education options and careers in environmental science
• The opportunity to meet professionals working in the environmental field

Would this course suit me?

This course will be of interest to anyone with a general interest in the environment and in environmental issues such as climate change, pollution, biodiversity, sustainability. In particular, the course will be of interest to students studying any of the following subjects: 
• Geography
• Environmental Studies
• Geology
• Biology
• Chemistry

Keele University has an international reputation for its research and teaching on environmental issues. The University is centrally located with easy access from the M6 and excellent rail links to Manchester, Birmingham and London. Keele’s extensive rural campus makes it an ideal location at which to study topical environmental issues.

Course code:  KES/330 
Course dates:  Monday, 16 June 2014 at 11.00 hrs - Thursday 19 June 2014 at 15.00 hrs (3 nights residential)

http://www.keele.ac.uk/

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 Date Published: July 23, 2013

 

Lancaster (Maths)

 EXPLORING SHAPE AND SPACE

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Geometry has been a major part of mathematics since the days of the Ancient Greeks.  This course will explore some of the different questions arising from geometrical problems from 2000 years ago to the present day.  You will meet concepts from university-level mathematics and experience what it is like to study mathematics through formulating problems precisely, looking at examples, generalising and applying logical argument and proof.

What is it all about?

We will explore topics including:
• Combinatorial geometry: e.g. the construction of the five Platonic solids (and why there can
only be five!).
• Discrete geometry: if we connect some rods together by some joints, when is the result rigid
or flexible? This is an interesting pure mathematical problem with some very applicable
answers from small scales (understanding atomic lattices and crystals) to the large ones
(construction of bridges).
• Topology: how might we formally capture the idea that two different-sized squares are “the
same shape”? We need to ignore lengths and focus on how shapes are joined together – this
is what topology does.
• Fractal geometry: fractals arise when simple geometric patterns are repeated to infinity but
surprisingly also occur in nature. Fractals can have dimensions that are not whole numbers
– you will find out what this means!

What will I be doing?

• Short lectures introducing problems and techniques
• Mini-projects based on the lectures
• A major group project, extending the mini-projects
• Presentation of your project results to the other participants
• Experiencing university academic and social life in lecture rooms, computer labs and halls

Would this course suit me?

If you think you would like to study mathematics at university, then yes!  You will need to be studying A Level Mathematics or an equivalent course, such as International Baccalaureate Mathematics HL.  Exposure to Further Mathematics is advantageous but not required.  If you are interested in problem-solving and exploring new ideas through logical thinking, this course will suit you.  It will contain both pure and applied aspects of mathematics and show how these interact with each other.

Course code:  LAM/330
Course dates:  Monday, 28 July 2014 at 15.00 hrs - Thursday, 31 July 2014 at 15.00 hrs (3 nights residential)

http://www.maths.lancs.ac.uk

Have a look at this great article about last years' coursehttp://www.lancaster.ac.uk/news/articles/2013/maths-students-get-the-measure-of-lancaster/

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University of Leeds

ENGINEERING OPTIONS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS

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Engineering programmes at the University of Leeds lead students to top UK and international engineering posts.  Join in the Headstart programme at Leeds and see what makes us special.

What’s it all about?

The course provides a fun introduction to the study of electronic and electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and computing at university.  During the course we will give you the information, support and materials that you need to make a functioning wheeled robot.

What will I be doing?

• Working in teams to build your own self-guided, unmanned wheeled robot
• Testing your wheeled robot against other teams
• Experimenting with friction, aerodynamics, materials, motors, ultrasound sensors, embedded systems and programming
• Learning about a range of engineering topics 
• Meeting our students and hearing about being a student at Leeds University
• Taking part in a full social programme including a visit to the multi-activity entertainment centre Xscape in Castleford, and a visit to the impressive Cummins Turbo Technologies plant in Huddersfield.
  
Will this course suit me?

The course is run by friendly and enthusiastic staff at the University of Leeds.  You will attend some first year undergraduate level lectures which will provide some of the theory that you need for building your wheeled robot and which will give you an understanding of the differences between studying electronic and electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and computing at university.  The course will suit you if you are interested in learning more about the disciplines of electronic and electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and computing at Leeds University.

What do I need to be suitable?

If you would like to apply to the Headstart course at Leeds you will need to be studying Maths and a science subject, or Maths and Design & Technology.

Studying at the University of Leeds

The University is on a single site a stone’s throw away from Leeds city centre.  By 2015 the University will have spent £157m on improving the buildings and facilities for its students and on campus you will find brand new buildings and state-of-the-art facilities alongside impressive older landmark buildings.  The University is home to one of the UK’s top engineering faculties including a new £12.5m building to house energy research, itself a showcase for energy efficiency and low carbon emissions, and a recently completed £2.1m building dedicated to Medical Engineering.

Everything you are likely to need is on campus.  We have impressive student accommodation in a safe environment and our new £12m gym and pool, The Edge, has more fitness facilities than any other UK university.

We have a strong sense of community amongst our students and our award-winning students' union is one of the largest in the country and has over 300 clubs and societies to choose from.

The University is a ten minute walk away from the lively and bustling Leeds city centre.  Leeds is the 'capital' of the Yorkshire and Humber region and a renowned centre for shopping, arts, sport, leisure, entertainment and nightlife.

Course code:  LEE/330
Course dates: Monday, 30 June 2014 at 11.00 hrs to Thursday, 3 July 2014 at 16.00 hrs (3 nights residential)

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University of Leeds - Chemistry

CHEMISTRY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS

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IS CHEMISTRY THE SUBJECT FOR YOU?

"One of the reasons I’ve always enjoyed doing chemistry is because it applies to so many different jobs and careers. I don’t think it limits you in any way at all."

What is it all about?

Chemistry is one of the broadest and most intriguing of all the sciences and is continually shaping our lives. As a student of chemistry it will be you who defines the next big advances in the subject.  Whether developing new medicines to help combat diseases, creating new materials, understanding how the atmosphere works or developing new catalysts you can be sure that a degree programme in chemistry will be completely up to date with the latest advances and in line with employer needs, ensuring that you are prepared in every way for your future.

What will I get to do on the course?

This Headstart course, hosted by the School of Chemistry at the University of Leeds, is designed to give you a clearer idea of: (i) what studying chemistry is like at university, (ii) how your chemistry degree could lead to a range of careers and (iii) how chemical research is done within the real world.  The key to this course is getting involved.  You’ll sample lectures and the dynamics of small group work. You will take part in a laboratory project where, as part of a research team, you will be set the task of making a drug precursor, analysing it for both purity and structure and examining its biological potential using computational modelling.

In addition to the formal science programme, you will get the opportunity to meet some of our current undergraduate and postgraduate students, experience what it is like to live and work on campus at the University of Leeds, including a full programme for social events.

Is this course for me?

If chemistry excites you and you are studying the subject at A-Level why not explore what it is like as a degree subject?  If you are interested in any of the following then this course is for you:

• Organic chemistry
• Inorganic chemistry
• Physical & analytical chemistry
• Medicinal or pharmaceutical chemistry

Course code:  LCH/330
Course dates: Monday, 14 July 2014 at 12.30 hrs to Thursday, 17 July 2014 at 16.30 hrs (3 nights residential)

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Date Published: August 28, 2013

 

University of Leicester - Physics

PHENOMENAL PHYSICS!

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"I enjoyed the course very much.  It covered a wide range of topics within and surrounding Physics.  The grapevine session was especially fun and inspiring, and it gave me more ideas about career options I hadn't previously considered."

Physics has a vital part to play in our future.  The quests for the ultimate constituents of matter, to understand the origin of the Universe, the nature of dark matter, the existence of life on other worlds, are all part of our culture. The contribution to develop clean energy, biotechnology, electronic communications and data storage is vital for progress to a more equitable world.  Modern Physics has links with space science, the biosciences, the environment, and even with the financial world, all of which will be important in addressing problems at the interface between society and technology.

What’s it all about?

The aim of the Headstart Physics course is to introduce students to the range of roles that physics can play in contemporary society from the purest of fundamental research to current cutting edge approaches to technology and to its links with other disciplines.

What will I be doing?

• Experience expert lectures
• Meet current undergraduates 
• Take part in workshops and laboratory sessions
• Attend specially arranged visits to local industries
• Explore the various student facilities at Leicester

Would this course suit me?

This course will suit you if you are interested in any aspects of physics and maths such as mechanics or astronomy.  There will also be an introduction to cutting edge research in subjects such as nanoscience.

Course code:  LEP/330 
Course dates:  Monday, 30 June 2014 at 14.00 hrs - Friday, 4 July 2014 at 13.30 hrs

http://www2.le.ac.uk/

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Date Published: November 21, 2013

 

University of Leicester - Natural Sciences

EXPLORE THE LINKS AND CONNECTIONS BETWEEN SCIENCE SUBJECTS

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"I found that this was a very helpful week and it was also thoroughly enjoyable.  I would definitely recommend it to others considering science."

In the 21st century more and more scientific problems fall across traditional disciplinary boundaries.  The future will need specialists, but it will also need scientists and policy makers trained to look beyond their own fields.

What’s it all about?

The aim of the Headstart Natural Sciences course is to introduce students to the University of Leicester’s Natural Sciences Plus programmes.  These go further than other combined science degrees by integrating the various science strands in purpose designed modules with an emphasis on relevant, real world contexts.

What will I be doing?

• Experience expert lectures
• Meet current undergraduates 
• Take part in workshops and laboratory sessions – to help solve a murder!
• Attend specially arranged visits to local industries
• Explore the various student facilities at Leicester

Would this course suit me?

This is an exciting and innovative Headstart course which looks at the complementary and integrated way that scientists can work together to address real life problems and policies.  If you are interested in science, but like a wide range of subjects and want to develop this interest with a novel approach then this course could be for you.  It is also an enjoyable way to explore university level study of single science disciplines to help you make your degree choices.

Course code: LES/330
Course dates: Monday, 30 June 2014 at 14.00 hrs - Friday, 4 July 2014 at 13.30 hrs

http://www2.le.ac.uk/

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 Date Published: November 21, 2013

 

University of Liverpool - Aeronautical Engineering

FLY HIGH WITH LIVERPOOL AEROSPACE!

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"I thought the course was amazing, I really enjoyed my week with Headstart especially tasks such as glider building.  Flying the helicopter simulator was amazing."

What’s it all about?

Headstart at Liverpool is organised around the multi-disciplinary theme of aerospace engineering and is led by the Flight Science Group.  This group is currently working with industry and the civil and military authorities on a variety of projects including the European tilt rotor aircraft, CFD aerodynamics and display systems for flight in poor visibility.

What will I be doing?

• Work in teams solving specific aerospace problems faced by pilots
• Use CAD and other computing facilities
• Fly the Bibby Flight Simulator in fixed wing, helicopter or tilt rotor mode
• Meet current undergraduates and engineers
• Attend specially arranged visits to local industries
• Explore the various student facilities at Liverpool

Would this course suit me?

This course will suit you if you are interested in the following subjects and have a strong maths background:
• Airframe structures and materials
• Avionics
• Flight technologies and aerodynamics
• Design and manufacturing issues for aircraft
• Aerospace  and aeronautical engineering

What do I need to be suitable?

If you want to find out about the technical aspects of flight and flying and how pilots and engineers work together to improve civil and military aircraft then this course comes highly recommended.  Liverpool University is located in the centre of the city.

Headstart at Liverpool 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, 11 July 2014.  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: LIV/330
Course dates: Sunday, 6 July 2014 at 17.00 hrs - Thursday, 10 July 2014 at 12.30 hrs (4 nights residential)

http://www.liv.ac.uk/engfac/resources/headstart.htm

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Date Published: September 02, 2013

 

Loughborough University

ENGINEERING, ENGINEERING, ENGINEERING!

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"I enjoyed the course and found out more engineering options than before.  I now have a fairly clearer perspective of what courses I would like to take as well as the environment of university life"

What’s it all about?

This Headstart broad based course at Loughborough comprises a blend of lectures, visits to engineering departments and practical activities to demonstrate the broad range of engineering disciplines available to students.

PLEASE NOTE: This course is currently being revised but will continue to be one of our most exciting and over-subscribed courses at a top university.  To make sure that, if you receive an offer of a course place, you attend the type of course you are expecting please make sure that you check the revised course description which we will post up here as soon as we possibly can.

What will I be doing?

• Get involved with hands on team competitions/projects
• Meet current undergraduates and engineers
• Attend specially arranged visits to local industries
• Explore the various student facilities at Loughborough 
• Participate in lectures

Would this course suit me?

This is a popular and well-established Headstart course giving an opportunity to sample the broad range of engineering disciplines taught at Loughborough University.  This modern, attractive campus is close to the town of Loughborough and the large student population makes studying at this university, with its strong sporting tradition, a very special experience.

This course will suit you if you are interested in any of the following subjects:
• Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering 
• Chemical Engineering 
• Civil and Building Engineering 
• Electronic and Electrical Engineering 
• Manufacturing Engineering 
• Mechanical Engineering

Course code: LOU/330
Course dates: Monday, 7 July 2014 at 11.00 hrs - Thursday, 10 July 2014 at 14.30 hrs (3 nights residential)

http://www.lboro.ac.uk

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 Date Published: November 06, 2013

 

Loughborough University - Project and Systems Engineering

EXPLORE AN INNOVATIVE AND MULTIDISCIPLINARY APPROACH WITH PROJECT ENGINEERING

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"Fantastic experience demonstrating what university life will be like.  It was all great.  The evening entertainment was especially fun, and the project work was interesting."

Systems Engineers engineer and project manage WHOLE systems!

As a Systems Engineer you design, manage and implement complex, inter-disciplinary projects through their entire lifecycle, including specification, development, maintenance and decommissioning. To do this effectively you develop in-depth knowledge across a wide range of subjects. You also gain the ability to analyse a problem, organise work on solutions into manageable components and reintegrate these sub-systems into an efficient and effective whole. It is this special study of the interaction of sub-systems that sets Systems Engineers apart and explains why they are in such demand.

What’s it all about?

What do we mean by 'a system'? A collection of components brought together in a particular way to achieve a specific purpose. Some of these components can be complex systems in their own right. So just about anything can be thought of as a system, for example, a transport infrastructure, a mobile phone network, a jet fighter, a car...

Because Systems Engineers need to hold a big picture view AND still be able to get up close to the technical details, the course includes two complementary projects: one theoretical where you and your team design a large-scale system, one practical where you build and control a sub-system. Together the projects will introduce you to the breadth that systems engineering encompasses.

What will I be doing?

• Get involved in 2 major design projects, working to meet your customers' requirements and tackling technical, commercial and engineering challenges.
• Meeting real Systems Engineers
• Working with current undergraduates
• Exploring the various student facilities and campus at Loughborough 
• Getting a taste of how you could help shape the future of engineering and technology and how they fit into the modern world.

Would this course suit me?

This offers a novel approach to project engineering and is ideally suited to those with technical abilities who are good at “thinking outside the box”.  It is especially suited to those who are taking maths and physics A-Levels with a less typical additional qualification such as a language, arts or other subjects.  This course will fire your imagination if you enjoy solving problems using all your skills and those of your team mates.  Lateral thinkers and problem solvers should apply!

Course code: LUX/330 
Course dates: Monday, 7 July 2014 at 12.00 hrs  - Thursday, 10 July 2014 at 15.00 hrs (3 nights residential)

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/elec

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Date Published: November 26, 2013

 

University of Manchester

MARVELLOUS ENGINEERING AT MANCHESTER

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"One of the most amazing weeks of my life, thoroughly enjoyed it and really opened my mind to the possibilities in engineering."

What’s it all about?

Students experience a real taste of life as an undergraduate at the University of Manchester.  This course involves lectures, laboratory based project sessions and problem solving activities.  Students will get an opportunity to stay in University Halls of Residence and find out about student life on a vibrant city campus.

What will I be doing?

•  Meeting lecturers, technical and support staff, and current students across engineering subjects
•  Experience life as an undergraduate student living and working in Manchester
•  Finding out about the different types of engineering that are available to you, and developing transferable skills and knowledge
•  Working as part of a team on practical projects, recent projects have included:
         • Design, build and test of insulators in the High Voltage laboratory
         • Construction of a small bore pipeline
         • Understanding the science of flight and construction of a simple aircraft from a single geometric wing
         shape
         • Design, construction and testing of a beam
•  Getting careers advise for prospective Engineers and the opportunity to meet Engineers working in industry 
• Meeting new like minded peers from across the country also interested in studying engineering
• Living in halls of residence and taking part in social activities

Would this course suit me?

This is a popular and well-established course at a major, research led university located in the centre of Manchester, the cosmopolitan capital of the North.  If you are interested in any of the following subjects this course is for you:
• Civil Engineering 
• Electrical and Electronic Engineering 
• Mechanical Engineering 
• Chemical Engineering
• Materials Engineering

Headstart at Manchester 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, 4th July 2014.  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: MAN/330
Course dates: Monday, 30 June 2014 at 11.00 hrs - Thursday, 3 July 2014 at 14.30 hrs (3 nights residential)

http://www.manchester.ac.uk

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 Date Published: July 24, 2013

 

University of Manchester - Nuclear Physics

 

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Nuclear physics has been studied for just over 100 years following Ernest Rutherford’s discovery of the nuclear model of the atom in 2011 while working at The University of Manchester. The School of Physics & Astronomy has a rich heritage of Nobel Laureates in nuclear and particle physics underlining the quality of the research. This also includes applied research that supports developments in nuclear energy as well transferrable technologies such as the development of detectors for use in nuclear medicine.

What’s it all about?

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the concepts and applications of nuclear physics that contribute to our modern society. Students will experience how nuclear physics is taught through lectures and experimental sessions. Cutting edge research will be discussed and supported by visits to local world-leading facilities.

What will I be doing?

• Experience University lectures from experts in their field
• Hands-on practical demonstrations
• Visit world-class laboratories
• Sample university life
• Discover the careers in nuclear physics

Would this course suit me?

If you are interested in the sub-atomic world then this is the course for you and it is taking place in the location of the birth of nuclear physics. Come and experience how Rutherford’s successors are probing and using the atomic nucleus to increase our understanding of the world around us.

Course code: MNP/330
Course dates: Monday, 14 July 2014 at 13.00 hrs - Thursday, 17 July 2014 at 12.00 hrs (3 nights residential)

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 Date Published: September 24, 2013

 

Newcastle University

ENGINEERING, BUT WHICH PATH TO FOLLOW?

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"I found the course to be very enjoyable and a worthwhile use of my time.  It helped me to confirm my decision for a degree choice."

Headstart at Newcastle is for those who are undecided about engineering as a degree or career option.  You may be interested in an engineering degree but not quite sure about what kind.  A comprehensive range of disciplines is covered to help you make an informed decision.

What’s it all about?

The course will begin to develop key engineering skills such as teamwork and problem solving to help you perform to the best of your ability at university.  The course is designed to help make sure you know where you want to go, and to prepare you for getting there.

What will I be doing?

• Lectures, discussion and debate 
• Laboratory and practical sessions 
• Skills development sessions including team-working and communication 
• Advice, guidance and careers sessions

Would this course suit me?

The Newcastle course gives you a flavour of a number of engineering disciplines and an opportunity to sample University life at a highly-regarded North East institution.  If you are interested in any of the following subjects this course is for you:
• Civil Engineering 
• Electrical and Electronic Engineering 
• Mechanical Engineering 
• Chemical Engineering 
• Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture

Course code: NCL/330

Course dates: Sunday, 22 June 2014 at 16.00 hrs to Thursday, 26 June 2014 at 12.00 hrs (4 nights residential)

 http://www.newcastle.ac.uk

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 Date Published: September 04, 2013

 

Newcastle University - Chemistry

ARE ELEMENTS OF CHEMISTRY FOR YOU?

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"I enjoyed the course very much and found the course interesting and useful, giving me a good insight into studying chemistry at university"

Chemistry is the central science which overlaps significantly with both Biology and Physics.  Study of Chemistry is thus essential to our understanding of the modern world we live in from polymers and other modern materials to medicines which alleviate suffering or even offer cures for diseases such as cancer.

What’s it all about?

This Headstart Chemistry course, hosted by the School of Chemistry at Newcastle University, will enable participants to experience practical laboratory activities covering the three main branches of the discipline – organic, inorganic and physical chemistry, whilst also gaining an awareness of the range of undergraduate chemistry courses available and an insight into potential career opportunities for chemistry graduates – some obvious, whilst others are perhaps a little more surprising!

What will I be doing?

• Practical work based in our recently opened Chemistry Outreach Laboratory
• Attend lectures covering a range of chemistry-related topics
• Visit local industries
• Meet current students, both undergrad’s and post grad’s
• Experience life as a first year Undergraduate at Newcastle
• Enjoy a full programme of evening social events

Would this course suit me?

If you are enjoying chemistry at A-Level why not explore what it is like as a degree subject.  If you are interested in any of the following subjects then this course is for you:
• Organic Chemistry
• Inorganic Chemistry
• Physical Chemistry

Course code: NCH/330 
Course dates: Sunday 22 June 2014 at 16.00 hrs - Thursday, 26 June 2014 at 12.00 hrs (4 nights residential)

http://www.ncl.ac.uk/chemistry/outreach/activities/headstart

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 Date Published: September 04, 2013

 

Newcastle University - Geographic Information Systems

FOCUS ON GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS

 

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The way we travel, shop, plan journeys, even meet up with friends and family is changing, and behind it all is the power of Geographic Information.  Maps on sat-navs, smart phones, tablets, and the internet are great examples of Geographic Information Science in action.  This course is your chance to explore what a fast-moving area of technology this is.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are a combination of hardware, software and data that allow us to map, analyse, visualise and understand the world around us.  Being able to do this is becoming more and more important to a wide range of people: businesses, governments, major construction projects, environmental managers, researchers, and even financial organisations are all using GIS to improve their work by identifying trends, patterns and relationships between different locations.

What's it all about?

This course, hosted by the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences at Newcastle University, will allow you to explore GIS in a practical and project-based way.  You will explore some of the many ways GIS is used in many different orgainsations, and will discover a whole area of degrees and careers that you are unlikely to have come across before.

What will I be doing?

• Outdoor practical work with GPS and surveying equipment
• Computer-based practical work to manage and analyse geographic information
• Working with cutting edge technology including satellite imagery, aerial photography, digital map data and handheld mapping devices
• Exploring what life at University might be like
• Discovering a whole range of degrees and careers that you are unlikely to have thought of before

Would this course suit me?

If you have ever wondered how Google Earth works, or how Ordnance Survey makes maps, then this course is for you.  One of the great things about GIS is that it draws on many different subjects and experiences: maths, geography, the outdoors, the environment, ICT ...  If you are interested in any of these things, this course will change the way you see them.

Students should be studying A Level Maths.  One of Geography, ICT, or Physics would be preferable but not essential.

Course code: NSS/330
Course dates: Sunday, 22 June 2014 at 16.00 hrs - Thursday, 26 June 2014 at 12.00 hrs (4 nights residential)

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University of Oxford

ENGINEERING OPTIONS AT OXFORD

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"It was a fantastic week, really opened my eyes to the entire world of engineering."

What’s it all about?

Headstart at Oxford provides the opportunity to try out undergraduate life with lectures, experimental work and projects in the University's Engineering Science Department.  You will also experience social life based at an Oxford college.

What will I be doing?

Some exciting, hands-on activities and visits which may include:
• Stay in one of Oxford University’s Colleges
• Attend lectures covering a range of engineering topics
• Visit local industries
• Participate in a design and build competition
• Experience life as a first year Undergraduate at Oxford

Would this course suit me?

If you are interested in any of the following subjects this course is for you:
• Civil engineering: design, build and testing of a structure 
• Fluid mechanics: see interesting things happen when water flows at high speed 
• Properties of modern materials 
• Electronics: build and test an electronic circuit 
• Optoelectronics: understand how signals travel down an optical fibre 
• Robotics: learn to write a control program for a robot

http://www.eng.ox.ac.uk/public-relations/media/literature/Newsletter-2012-2013.pdf

What do I need to be suitable?

Oxford is a prestigious and internally renowned research led historical university.  Entry to degree programmes is very competitive and requires the highest academic level of attainment and this is reflected in the number of applications received for this Headstart course.

Headstart at Oxford 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, 11th July 2014.  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: OXF/370 
Course dates: Sunday, 6 July 2014 at 17.00 hrs - Thursday, 10 July 2014 at 13.00 hrs (4 nights residential)

http://www.ox.ac.uk

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 Date Published: September 25, 2013

 

University of Oxford - Materials

FOCUS ON MATERIALS

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"I had a fantastic time! I especially enjoyed the challenging level of the lectures and the open-ended nature of the lab practical, alongside the independence we were given during free time. It truly embodied 'work hard, play hard'."

 

This course at the University of Oxford aims to give an insight into Materials Science, or Materials Engineering as it is also known.

What’s it all about?

Materials Science is a vast interdisciplinary subject, which frequently unites researchers from different physical and engineering sciences but can also involve the Life and Medical Sciences.  Essentially, Materials Scientists bring together and utilise the science developed by physicists, chemists and engineers, making it possible to improve and develop new materials for everything we use in our lives, from prosthetics to buildings, from transport to communications, from sport to defence.

What will I be doing?

Some exciting, hands-on activities and visits, which will include:
• Stay in one of Oxford University’s Colleges
• Attend lectures covering a range of Materials topics
• Tackle a range of problems often presented to our undergraduates
• Participate in laboratory sessions aimed not only at giving a general idea about Materials Science, but also conduct experiments similar to those performed by undergraduates
• Visit one of the UK's major centres of research, where scientists from across the world use nuclear fusion, neutron beam or synchrotron light source to carry out experiments of international importance
• Participate in a group-based competitive project aimed at simulating the commercial aspects of scientific research

Would this course suit me?

If you are interested in any of the following areas, and others, then this course is for you:
• Aeronautical – designing materials for aerospace uses, e.g. jet engine turbine blades 
• Biomedical – can we make a bone analogue material to coat metal implants and one day produce replacement organs for transplant? 
• Ceramics – superconducting materials and body armour 
• Electron Microscopy – using and developing a range of techniques to better understand the structure and properties of materials, e.g. scanning EM, transmission EM
• Entrepreneurship – how scientists become businessmen to market their own discoveries
• Nano Technology – engineering at the atomic level
• Polymers – applications of conductive polymers to produce cheap polymer photovoltaic cells.

What do I need to be suitable?

A good understanding of maths, physics and chemistry will enable you to appreciate all aspects of materials science.  In addition, entry to degree programmes at Oxford University is highly competitive and requires a very strong academic track record and this is reflected in applications to this Headstart course.

Course code: OXM/370 
Course dates: Monday, 23 June 2014 at 14.45 hrs - Friday, 27 June 2014 at 15.45 hrs (4 nights residential
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http://www.materials.ox.ac.uk

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Date Published: July 30, 2013

 

Plymouth University - Civil and Coastal Engineering

FOCUS ON CIVIL AND COASTAL ENGINEERING!

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"I have found that my week here has been very inspirational and has answered many of the questions that I needed to help me decide what to do with my future.  I would recommend the programme to anyone."

Civil enginering is the infrastructure all around us and it makes a difference to everyone.  From the Olympic Park to the London Eye, from water supply to waste maganement, from buildings to flood defences, from wind turbines to power stations, from Gateshead Millennium Bridge to the Channel Tunnel, from roads and cycle paths to railways and airports, the list goes on!

How do we protect communities from flooding and erosion caused by tides, waves and tsunamis in a sustainable way? How do we provide harbours and ports to support shipping? How do we exploit the renewable energy sources of the tides, waves and wind? These are the challenges that make up coastal engineering.

What’s it all about?

The aim of Headstart at Plymouth University will give you an opportunity to experience how we meet the challenges of providing infrastructure for society through civil and coastal engineering. Hands-on practical activities, lectures and visits with expert staff and students will give you a taste of studying at university, and you will meet practising graduate engineers to give you an insight into the interesting and rewarding careers that are available.

What will I be doing?

• Team- based design challenges - design and build a wave energy device
• Hands-on practical work - test your wave energy device in our state of the art COAST lab
• Hands-on computer simulation work - design a bridge challenge
• Visit local sites to see civil and coastal engineering in practice
• Listen to talks from expert university staff and practising engineers 
• Meet practising civil and coastal engineers to find out about the range of career opportunities
• Experience what life at university might be like

Would this course suit me?

If you are interested in the following:
• how we use natural resources to support society in a sustainable way, e.g. in the coastal environment?  
• applying mathematics and science to solving real world problems?  
• making a difference to society?  
• the potential for a varied, interesting and rewarding career?

then this is the course for you!

You should be studying A level maths and preferably other science and/or technology subjects.

Plymouth is a modern, well equipped campus university within walking distance of both the city centre and the coast.  Plymouth University also has a strong and enthusiastic network for women in engineering and girls can learn more about this supportive environment during the Headstart programme.

Course code: PLY/330 
Course dates: Sunday, 6 July 2014 at 17.00 hrs to Thursday, 10 July 2014 at 13.00 hrs (4 nights residential)

http://www.plymouth.ac.uk

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 Date Published: August 19, 2013

 

Royal Holloway University of London - Maths and Physics

DISCOVER MATHS AND PHYSICS

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"Very enjoyable and interesting meeting similar minded people. Talks very helpful and gave a good insight into the modules available at University.  Wish it had been longer."

The close relationship between maths and physics makes this course an ideal combination for many students. Our Discover Maths and Physics event is your chance to find out what studying mathematics at university is really like!  This residential course will introduce you to many areas within these two complimentary subjects, their applications that you will study at university and show you the types of jobs that a degree could lead to.

What’s it all about?

You'll get the chance to experience university life by staying on campus for three nights. You'll go to short lectures that build on the pure maths and physics covered at school, and give you a glimpse of some of the exciting topics you'll get to study at degree level. For example you can learn all about the Higgs Boson from the researchers who worked to find it! Or you could explore the world of maths surrounding combinatorics, cryptography, and game theory. Staff and students from Royal Holloway's science faculty will also be on hand to answer all your questions about life at university..

What will I be doing?

• Experience short lectures on topical areas  
• Attend a specially arranged visit to a national laboratory
• Work in Mentor Groups with students currently studying in our Science Faculty
• Improve your knowledge and understanding of both maths and physics and their real-world applications
• Gain a taste of university life on Royal Holloway's beautiful campus

Would this course suit me?

Can't decide between maths and physics? This is a great chance to enjoy the prospects of both subjects at university. Come to our maths and physics course and make an informed decision on your future - you might not have to choose between the two! If you think you might want to take your studies further then this is the course for you.  Royal Holloway is part of the University of London, situated in attractive leafy Surrey and has been ranked as one of the world's most beautiful campuses. Our university is relatively small and renowned for its friendly campus community.

Course code: RHM/330
Course dates: Tuesday, 24 June 2014 at 9.30 hrs -  Friday, 27 June 2014 at 16.00 hrs (3 nights residential)

http://www.rhul.ac.uk/

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 Date Published: November 06, 2013

 

University of Salford

INSIGHT INTO ENGINEERING

It IS for Girls

"I have really enjoyed the week and realised what an opportunity there is for women in engineering!  I enjoyed getting to hear other girls feelings about university plans and courses.  The course definitely gave me a good insight into engineering at uni and possible jobs after"

This Headstart course is led by Professor Takruri-Rizk with great commitment and enthusiasm; she was recently awarded an MBE for her services to women and minorities in science and technology eduation. Headstart’s Insight at Salford involves team exercises and a one day project, as well as visits to industry.

What’s it all about?

This course provides a valuable introduction to engineering and science and life on campus, but it is not all work: you will make new friends at the social events - such as attending the theatre, a tour of Concord and the formal course dinner with an after-dinner speaker from industry.

What will I be doing?

• Working in teams to design and build projects
• Going on specially arranged visits to local industries
• Participating in group presentations 
• Listening to talks from practising women engineers and scientists, admissions tutors and careers advisors
• Meeting and working with real engineers
• Improving your knowledge and understanding of engineering 
• Experiencing life on campus at the University of Salford

Have a look here to see a practical session from the course:   www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztMcGXg0aGc

Would this course suit me?

If you would like the opportunity to explore whether engineering is the right degree course for you in a friendly and supportive environment then this course will suit any girls interested in any of the following subjects:

• Acoustics, audio, video
• Aeronautical engineering
• Biomedical engineering
• Civil engineering
• Computer networks 
• Computer science/Software engineering 
• Electronics engineering 
• Mechanical engineering
• Mathematics
• Physics
 

Headstart at Salford 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, 27 June 2014.  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: SAL/330 
Course dates: Monday, 23 June 2014 at 10.30 hrs - Thursday, 26 June 2014 at 15.15 hrs (3 nights residential)

http://www.cse.salford.ac.uk/

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 Date Published: July 30, 2013

 

University of Sheffield

THE CUTTING EDGE OF ENGINEERING

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"Very enjoyable and informative.  A useful experience that has helped me towards choosing the right STEM course."

Do you enjoy Maths and Science?  Think you might enjoy a career in Engineering?  Not sure which field interests you most?  Want to experience life at university?  If the answer to any of these questions is 'Yes' then you should think about attending Headstart at the University of Sheffield.

What’s it all about?

During your four days at Sheffield you will carry out exciting, interesting and challenging activities associated with all the major engineering disciplines.

What will I be doing?

Practical projects and investigations will include:
• Design and building a waterslide for Rother Valley Country Park
• Make and fly your own gliders
• Engineering your own dessert
• And much more ...   see pictures below from the 2012 course

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Gain an insight into all aspects of university life:

• Live in a university hall of residence during the course
• Meet current undergraduates and discuss engineering with them
• Talk to academic staff and meet graduates who are now working in industry
• Relax in the evenings by taking part in social activities including bowling, sports, outdoor pursuits and a barbeque

Would this course suit me?

The University of Sheffield has been named University of the Year for our vision, our values and our determination to stand by what we belive in.  This is a university where world class and down to earth go hand-in-hand.  Come and experience our academic community and special city.

This course will suit you if you are interested in any of the following subjects:

• Aerospace Engineering
• Automatic Control and Systems Engineering 
• Bioengineering 
• Chemical and Biological Engineering 
• Civil and Structural Engineering 
• Electronic and Electrical Engineering 
• Materials Science and Engineering
• Mechanical Engineering

Course code: SHE/330
Course dates: Sunday, 20 July 2014 at 12.30 hrs - Thursday, 24 July 2014 at 12.15 hrs (4 nights residential)

http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/

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 Date Published: August 21, 2013

 

University of Sheffield - Computer Science

COMPUTER SCIENCE

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In this exciting course at the University of Sheffield, you will gain practical experience of modern software engineering techniques, by working in a team to design and build a social media application for an industrial client.  You will also gain hands-on experience of robotics, virtual reality technology and iPhone app development.

What’s it all about?

This is an opportunity to experience life as a student in our friendly Department of Computer Science.  You will be mentored by students from Genesys Solutions, the only student-run software company in the UK, and will have ample opportunity to talk informally with staff.  In the evenings, you will take part in a range of social activities and stay in university halls.  Sheffield is close to the Peak District National Park, so you will experience the great outdoors as well as the vibrant city.

Would this course suit me?

You will work in a team on an exhilarating, contemporary-themed software development project, which will develop a social media application for exchanging comments about sporting events.  State-of-the-art machine learning techniques will be used to analyse messages posted on twitter, and you will develop a novel way of visualising the messages based on their content.  During the course you will learn about a wide range of topics including:

• Programming using the Java language
• Agile development, pair-programming, prototyping and testing
• Machine learning, particularly mathematical techniques for classifying data
• Machine understanding of written text
• Computer graphics and user interface design
• Integration with web services such as twitter

At the end of the course, your team will present its project and receive feedback from a panel of industry experts and academics.  There will be plenty of variety, too – you will also attend taster sessions covering topics in robotics, iPhone development and virtual reality.

What do I need to be suitable?

This course will suit you if you are considering a career in computer science, software engineering or artificial intelligence.  You will be interested both in the practical aspects of implementing software, and in the mathematical foundations of how computer algorithms work.  You will also be a good team player.

Course code:  SHC/330
Course dates:  Sunday, 20 July 2014 at 12.30 hrs - Thursday, 24 July 2014 at 12.15 hrs (4 nights residential)

www.sheffield.ac.uk/dcs

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Sheffield Hallam University - Sports Engineering and Technology

 

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What’s it all about?

The Headstart course at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) provides a hands-on learning experience around the subject of Sports Engineering and Technology.  The course will have a particular focus on sports equipment, investigating the design and development of sports equipment and the research techniques used to characterise performance.  A special feature of the course will be a chance to test and evaluate your own components, comparing your design against existing products.

What will I be doing?

• Hands on projects e.g. design and build a proof of concept prototype of your own sports component
• End of project competition - demonstrate the benefits of your design against those of your fellow students
• Listen to talks from world leading sports engineers and researchers
• Watch demonstrations of engineering equipment typically used by sports engineers
• Visit local sports equipment manufacturers
• Meet undergraduate and postgraduate students currently studying sports engineering and technology
• Experiencing life on campus at SHU
• Participate in a full programme of entertaining evening activities

Would this course suit me?

This course would suit students with a strong interest in at least one of the following subjects: maths, physics engineering and sport science.

By exploring the design and structure of sports equipment and the challenges facing the commercial products you will get a great introduction to a range of engineering disciplines, their applications and what it would be like to study them at university.  SHU is a modern university in the vibrant and student friendly city of Sheffield.  The University is a world leader in this field and Sheffield offers access to a great variety of sports, from athletics at the English Institute of Sport to climbing and cycling in the Peak District National Park.

Topics that will be covered include:
 
• Aerodynamics of equipment and athletes
• Design of sports equipment
• Testing of sports equipment
• Advanced materials
• Mechanical Engineering, with sporting applications

Course code:  SHH/330
Course dates:  Monday, 23 June 2014 at 13.00 hrs to Friday, 27 June 2014 at 12.00 hrs (4 night residential)

For further information on Sports Engineering and Technology we recommend you visit our blog,http://engineeringsport.co.uk/

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University of Southampton - Electronics

FOCUS ON ELECTRONICS

 

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New for 2014!!

The University of Southampton is very pleased to be hosting an Electronics Focus course funded by the UK Electronics Skills Foundation (www.ukesf.org).
 
Working in partnership with the other UKESF University Partners (www.ukesf.org/about-the-ukesf/university-partners), we will be giving you the opportunity to explore a wide range of topics within electronic engineering.  To provide a flavour of the academic side of undergraduate life, you’ll experience lectures and hands-on challenges from academics from a number of leading universities, and you’ll learn about the range of electronic degree programmes available.  You will live as students in a hall of residence and you will have time for a mix of independent and organised social activities in addition to the academic programme.
 
The sponsorship from UKESF has come from ARM, Broadcom Foundation, CSR, Dialog Semiconductor, Imagination Technologies, Publitek, Thales UK and Jaguar Land Rover, all world-leading companies that recruit electronic engineering graduates to feed the success of their businesses.  They will be complementing the academic programme with a team project for the week and with some of their graduate engineers joining you one day to talk about some of the exciting and innovative work that they do.
 
The academic programme will include lectures and hands-on activities on subjects such as communications, analog and digital electronics, control systems, microelectronics, nanotechnology and bioelectronics.  You may find yourself designing digital circuits with programmable logic chips to control traffic lights, for example, or even designing, building and testing a novel product from first concept.

We plan also to arrange an external visit for you to see some exciting applications of advanced electronics technologies.
 
This course will show you how stimulating and varied electronic engineering can be as a career and the important role it plays in the technological advances valued by society.

Course code:  SOX/330 
Course dates:  Monday, 7 July 2014 at 11.00 hrs - Friday, 11 July 2014 at 14.00 hrs (4 night residential)

 http://www.southampton.ac.uk/

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 Date Published: November 18, 2013

 

University of Southampton - Geology and Geophysics

 

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Does Geology rock?

Did you become enthralled with Journey from the Centre of the Earth?  Do you want to know why volcanoes and tsunamis happen?  Discover the wonders of geology with the University of Southampton’s crack team of geoscientists – learning not only about geology on land and at sea but about how the techniques of marine geology are used in marine archaeology.

What’s it all about?

The University of Southampton’s School of Ocean and Earth Science will host a Headstart course for 30 students who want to consider studying Geology and Geophysics.  Students will be staying in halls close to the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton and working from the centre on a daily basis.  NOCS is based at a purpose-built waterside campus in Southampton.

What will I be doing?

The format will be in the form of a field course, with one day involving data collection from the teaching and research vessel Callista and one day on a land geology investigation.  You will work in teams of 7 or 8 and develop a themed study of an aspect of the geological environment of the region.  The other days will be involved in planning and post collection data and sample processing, both in the geology lab and in the computer suite.

On the final afternoon each team will present their findings in a series of presentations which family and friends are welcome to attend.

Would this course suit me?

Students should be aiming to study at least two subjects from Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Environmental Science or Geography at A2 level for this course.

Course code: SGG/330
Course dates: Sunday, 13 July 2014 at 17.00 hrs - Thursday, 17 July 2014 at 16.00 hrs (4 nights residential)

 http://www.soton.ac.uk

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University of Southampton - Marine Engineering and Nautical Science

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"I found the course interesting, engaging and fun and it gave me a great taste of university life"

Would you like to:

• Discover how to make a structure strong enough to survive the harsh marine environment?
• Carry out experiments in a towing tank to discover what it takes to power a ship? 
• Find out what it takes to design a marine propeller?

......Then this is the course for you!

What’s it all about?

During this course at The University of Southampton, you will learn the basic principles of designing ships, yachts and marine structures in order to understand how the worlds oceans can be exploited to harness environmentally safe energy, all under the guidance of expert staff and students in Ship Science at the School of Engineering Sciences.

What will I be doing?

• Get involved with hands on team design and build projects
• Listen to talks, lectures and seminars from graduates in Ship Science, research and the marine industry
• Learn about the wealth of subjects and careers to be gained in the marine world, from designing autonomous robot submarines to marine environmental energy extraction to advanced racing yacht design
• Experience life on campus at the University of Southampton
• Meet current Engineering students

Would this course suit me?

The University of Southampton takes full advantage of its location on the south coast and has a leading department of Ship Science.  This course will suit you if you are interested in technical subjects and engineering, with a good background in maths and want to see how they can be applied to the demanding environment of ships and the sea.  There is a varied and rewarding range of careers in this field so if you want to consider Ship Science, Marine Engineering or Nautical Science/Engineering for your future then this course could be right for you.

Course code: SMA/330 
Course dates: Sunday, 13 July 2014 at 15.30 hrs - Thursday 17 July 2014 at 14.00 hrs (4 nights residential)

http://www.soton.ac.uk

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University of Southampton - Oceanography & Marine Biology

 

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DISCOVER THE UNKNOWN

Have you enjoyed Blue Planet and more recently Frozen Planet?  Did you become enthralled with Journey from the Centre of the Earth?  Learn what it is like to be an Oceanographer or Marine Biologist exploring our hidden planet along side some of the world’s top marine scientists in our Oceanography Course.

What’s it all about?

The University of Southampton’s School of Ocean and Earth Science will host a Headstart course for 30 students who want to consider studying Marine Biology and Oceanography.  Students will be staying in halls close to the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton and working from the centre on a daily basis.  NOCS is based at a purpose-built waterside campus in Southampton

What will I be doing?

The format will be in the form of a field course, with samples taken from Southampton Water and the Solent using our teaching and research vessel Callista.  You will work in teams of 7 or 8 and develop a themed study of an aspect of the marine environment of the region, spending two of your 4 days at sea.  The other days will be involved in planning and post cruise data processing, both in the biology lab and in the computer suite.

On the final afternoon each team will present their findings in a series of presentations which family and friends are welcome to attend.

Would this course suit me?

Students should be aiming to study at least two subjects from Maths, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Environmental Science or Geography at A2 level for this course.

Course code: SMB/330
Course dates: Sunday, 13 July 2014 at 17.00 hrs -  Thursday, 17 July 2014 at 16.00 hrs (4 nights residential)

http://www.soton.ac.uk

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University of Strathclyde

ENGINEERING IN SCOTLAND

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"I thoroughly enjoyed the course at Strathclyde University.  It has really helped to open my eyes to all the career possibilities in engineering.  It has helped me to realise what I really want to do with my life and has made me more motivated and determined to achieve those goals.  I would not change anything on the course and would definitely recommend it to my friends."

What’s it all about?

Headstart at Strathclyde offers a challenging and action-packed programme with a range of activities run by five of the University's eight engineering departments.  The course focuses on project-based activities across a wide range of Engineering areas with an emphasis on hands-on problem-solving in teams.

What will I be doing?

You will:

• Get involved with practical team-based projects and competitions
• Have the opportunity to visit two of the eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering to find out more about the different disciplines on offer to undergraduate students and what you can expect if you choose to study an engineering degree
• Receive talks from practising engineers
• Attend specially arranged visits to local industries
• Experience student life at the University of Strathclyde
• Meet current Engineering students and recent graduates and live in the University's student village in the centre of Glasgow - Scotland's largest city

 Would this course suit me?

Strathclyde has the largest Faculty of Engineering in Scotland which is also one of the largest in the UK.  All the undergraduate courses offered in the eight departments are fully accredited by the relevant professional engineering institutions.  If you want to find out more about what it is like to study engineering at University and about the large variety of degree options on offer, then this course will suit you.  The Headstart course is very well organised and structured to give you hands on experience of a broad range of engineering topics to see which will be right for you.  These may include:

• Electronic and Electrical Engineering
• Civil Engineering
• Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management
• Chemical Engineering 
• Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
• Biomedical Engineering

 Please note: The campus location is hilly and so may not be suitable for people with mobilty issues.

Course code: STR/330
Course dates: Monday, 30 June 2014  at 10.00 hrs - Friday, 4 July 2014 at 12.30 hrs (4 nights residential)

www.strath.ac.uk/headstart

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 Date Published: August 21, 2013

 

University of Surrey

DECIDE WHAT SORT OF ENGINEER YOU WANT TO BE

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"Great week, learnt so much, it was really enjoyable.  Headstart has given me an insight into the various aspects of engineering"

Headstart at Surrey involves activities in a huge range of different disciplines of engineering, so it provides a fantastic opportunity for you to try them out and will help you decide which one is for you!

What’s it all about?

The course aims, through lectures, simulations and hands-on activities in most areas, to allow you to discover what engineering is all about and to find out what a rewarding career it offers.

What will I be doing?

• Spend half a day in each of the main areas - in laboratories, on design or on projects as well as topical lectures 
• Visit a local company or industrial research laboratory
• Explore an up-to-the-minute research topic and then give a presentation on it 
• Meet staff and former students to get inside information and find out about their experiences 
• Taste student life at Surrey – both at work and leisure

Would this course suit me?

This very popular and well established course at the University of Surrey is an excellent general engineering course and ideal if you are still considering which discipline is for you.  Surrey is a campus based university in Guildford with a large and well regarded engineering department with world class research and varied degree modules including Formula Student (racing car).  If you are interested in any of the following subjects then this course is for you:

• Chemical Engineering
• Civil Engineering
• Electronic Engineering
• Materials Engineering
• Mechanical Engineering
• Environmental Engineering
• Satellite and Aerospace engineering

Headstart at Surrey 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, 11 July 2014.  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: SUR/330 
Course dates: Monday, 7 July 2014 at 09.00 hrs - Thurs, 10 July 2014 at 17.00 hrs (3 nights residential) 

http://www.surrey.ac.uk/

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 Date Published: November 26, 2013

 

University College London

BIOCHEMICAL ENGINEERS MAKE DRUGS!

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"I really enjoyed the course, everyone was very welcoming and friendly and the content was very interesting"

New antibiotics to overcome superbugs; next generation vaccines for AIDS; tissue repair to deal with accidents in fast moving lives; antibodies for cancer therapy - these are just some of the new medicines in the discovery pipeline and they are manufactured and produced by biochemical engineers.

What’s it all about?

How will the challenge of making these new medicines be met, in a safe and reliable fashion at affordable prices? 
Headstart at University College London will explore this challenge and the key role played by Biochemical Engineers.

What will I be doing?

• Teams will work together to investigate the issues which will face the biochemical engineer of the future, such as: 
        • How can new medicines be produced economically at full scale?
        • What routes should be explored to develop new vaccines?
        • What are the challenges behind effective tissue engineering?
• Social events organised by the Biochemical Engineering Students' Society
• Meet faculty tutors and alumni to discuss the life of Biochemical Engineers, their degree course, and career opportunities
• Have a guided tour round the fascinating Wellcome Institute
• Experience life as a first year student at UCL

Would this course suit me?

University College London is a prestigious research led establishment located right in the heart of the capital.  If you want to explore student life in central London and look at a branch of engineering with excellent career prospects then this course will suit you.

What do I need to be suitable?

Maths or Physics at A Level as well as Chemistry or Biology at A Level

Course code: UCL/330
Course dates: Monday, 30 June 2014 at 11.00 hrs to Thursday, 3 July 2014 at 15.30 hrs

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/biochemeng

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 Date Published: August 28, 2013

 

University of Warwick

EXPLORE THE DISCIPLINES OF ENGINEERING

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"Absolutely superb; helpful, informative and highly enjoyable."

Headstart at Warwick is an opportunity to explore a range of engineering disciplines via lectures, hands on individual and team-based practical projects to give you a real taste of academic undergraduate life.  Your stay in one of our halls of residence will ensure you also experience student life at one of the UK's top Universities.

What’s it all about?

Warwick is a modern self-contained, campus-based university on the outskirts of Coventry.  You will take part in lectures and practical activities to give you a chance to meet our academic members of staff and postgraduate students.  You will stay in one of Warwick's halls of residence with five of our 2014 MEng or BEng graduating students.  Their role is to be there 24-7 to support you and tell you what life as an undergraduate engineer is really like.

What will I be doing?

Activities to find out about engineering include:
• Half day sessions to learn about the different types of engineering.  Each laboratory session will start with a little bit of theory in a similar style to an undergraduate engineering lecture.  You will then take part in a practical laboratory session to apply this theory.  Some laboratories involve individual work and some involve team-based activities.  To learn about civil engineering you will work in teams to see who can design, make and test a civil structure.  To learn more about mechanical engineering and aerodynamics you will help launch a rocket and to experience electronic engineering you will build your own electronic dice.
• A chance to meet engineers working in both industry and research to learn more about career opportunities
• A presentation and discussion about higher education options and the applications process

Activities to find out about student life include:
• Just living in student halls of residence with our recent graduates will help to introduce you to student life 
• You will also take part in a sports evening to show you some of the facilities available at a typical university

Would this course suit me?

Warwick University is invariably listed in the top 10 UK universities and has an especially strong reputation for engineering.  In industry engineers work in multi-disciplinary teams to design and build complex electro-mechanical systems and civil structures.  To equip our graduates to work in this environment all students study the same first and second year to build the foundations common to all engineering disciplines and to learn how to communicate effectively with other technical and business specialists.  Hence both our Headstart and undergraduate courses are ideal for those who value taking a broad, multi-disciplinary approach before specialising and our courses are also ideal for those who are still deciding what type of engineering is right for them.  Warwick offers courses in the following disciplines and will suit you if you are interested:

• Automotive engineering 
• Civil engineering 
• Electronic engineering
• General engineering
• Mechanical engineering 
• Manufacturing engineering

Course code: WAR/330 
Course dates: Monday, 7 July 2014 at 12.00 hrs - Thursday, 10 July 2014  at 13.30 hrs (3 nights residential)

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/

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 Date Published: August 21, 2013

 

University of Warwick - Discrete Maths and Computer Science

PROBLEM SOLVING USING DISCRETE MATHS

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Many current and emerging applications of Computer Science are underpinned by Discrete Mathematics which plays an essential role in modelling the natural world, securing communication, extracting knowledge from large data, etc.

What’s it all about?

The course is intended to give students a flavour of life at Warwick and, in particular, living on the University campus. First-hand experience and advice is offered by student helpers who stay with the Headstart students in campus accommodation.

What will I be doing?

•  Listen to talks from practising mathematicians and computer scientists.
• Case studies - apply discrete mathematics to a number of exciting problems related to topics such as self-    correcting codes which are used in QR codes or data compression.
• A puzzle solving treasure hunt on campus.
• Attend a Q&A session with a recent Computer Science graduate. 
• Experience life on campus at the University of Warwick.
• Receive advice on degree courses and university applications.
• Tour of the University Campus and Facilities. 
•  Participate in enjoyable evening social activities including a quiz night, bowling and a meal out.

 Would this course suit me?

If you are considering Mathematics or Computer Science as a degree subject, then this would be a very suitable course for you to explore your ideas further.

The Computer Science Department at Warwick is internationally renowned for its blend of foundational rigour with research-led teaching in a variety of cutting edge domains within the discipline.

Course code: WMC/330 
Course dates: Tuesday, 1 July 2014 at 11.00 hrs - Friday, 4 July 2014  at 15.00 hrs (3 night residential)

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/

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Date Published: July 30, 2013

 

University of the West of England - Civil Engineering

INTERESTED IN CIVIL ENGINEERING?

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The university of the West of England is situated on the North Fringe of Bristol.  This area is developing rapidly, including a number of construction projects on the UWE Campus.

What’s it all about?

The Headstart course at the University of the West of England, Bristol provides a project-based learning experience around Sustainable Construction, looking at how the competing demands for transport, housing, employment and leisure can be accommodated whilst preserving agricultural land and minimising flood risks.

What will I be doing?

• Hands on Team Projects e.g.  design and build a scale model of your own iconic bridge
• End of Project “Stress Test” -  see how your bridge stands up to traffic over and under water!
• Listen to talks from practising engineers 
• Watch demonstrations of modern software engineering tools
• Experiencing life on campus at the University of the West of England
• Participate in a full programme of entertaining evening activities

Would this course suit me?

By exploring the design of buildings and infrastructure and their location you will get a great introduction to a range of engineering disciplines, their applications and what it would be like to study them at university.  UWE is a modern campus university in the vibrant and historic city of Bristol.

Topics that will be covered include:

• Civil Engineering
• Structures and materials
• Hydraulics and Hydrology
• Geology and Soil Mechanics

Course code: UCV/330
Course dates: Sunday, 29 June 2014 at 15.00 hrs - Thursday, 3 July 2014 at 15.00 hrs (4 night residential)

http://www.uwe.ac.uk

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University of the West of England

INTERESTED IN THE BLOODHOUND SUPERSONIC CAR?

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"The course was amazing!  It was a great experience."

As a founder sponsor and partner in the Bloodhound Project, UWE is at the forefront of the education project, with students and staff working to support the development of the car.

What’s it all about?

The Headstart course at the University of the West of England, Bristol provides a project-based learning experience around Bloodhound, the amazing UK-led engineering initiative which aims to achieve 1000mph land speed record.

A special feature of the course will be a chance to hear firsthand about the progress on the Bloodhound project from team members and subject to availability and activities in the Bloodhound SSC project, may include a visit to the Bloodhound Technical Centre in Bristol.

What will I be doing?

• Hands on Team Projects e.g. design and build a scale model of your own high speed vehicle
• End of Project “Race Off” -  race your car in simulated race conditions to achieve expected levels of performance, speed and endurance
• Listen to talks from practising engineers 
• Watch demonstrations of modern software engineering tools
• Experiencing life on campus at the University of the West of England
• Participate in a full programme of entertaining evening activities

Would this course suit me?

By exploring the design and structure of the supersonic car and the challenges facing the Bloodhound team you will get a great introduction to a range of engineering disciplines, their applications and what it would be like to study them at university.  UWE is a modern campus university in the vibrant and historic city of Bristol.  Topics that will be covered include:

• Aerodynamics
• Structures and materials
• Propellant Systems and power
• Civil Engineering 
• Aerospace Engineering
• Mechanical Engineering
• Electronics including systems control

Course code: UWE/330
Course dates: Sunday, 29 June 2014 at 15.00 hrs -Thursday, 3 July 2014 at 15.00 hrs (4 night residential)

http://www.uwe.ac.uk

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 Date Published: August 28, 2013

 

University of York - Computer Science

COMPUTER SCIENCE AND SOFTWARE ENGINEERING

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"The course gave me a very broad view of computer science and has made me even more interested to do it as a subject.  The whole experience overall was incredibly fun and I would definitely do it all again given the opportunity."

This exciting Computer Science course at the University of York introduces students to both the theory and practical challenges of the subject.  The course offers students the opportunity to engage with the logical thinking and problem solving skills that are key for computer scientists.

What’s it all about?

This course is intended to give students a flavour of life at York and, in particular, living on the University campus.  First hand experience and advice is offered by student helpers who stay with the Headstart students in campus accommodation.

What will I be doing?

• Hands on projects - in previous years this has involved building and programming a robot using Lego and Quicksort software language
• Listen to talks from practising engineers and scientists on aspects of Computer Science and software engineering
• Attend a Q&A session with a recent Computer Science graduate
• Experience life on campus at the University of York
• Receive advice on degree courses and university applications
• Tour the University Campus and Facilities
• Participate in enjoyable evening social activities including a student union night, bowling and a meal out in York’s historic city centre

Would this course suit me?

If you are considering Computer Science as a degree subject then this would be a very suitable course for you to explore your ideas further.  No previous knowledge of programming or alternative operating systems is assumed, but you will meet lots of other Headstart students who have a strong interest in these topics.  The University of York has a very modern lakeside campus on the outskirts of the historic city of York and the Department of Computer Science is based in brand-new, state-of-the-art accommodation.

Topics that may be included are:

• Robotics
• Quantum Computing
• Computer vision – for example, training computers to recognise images
• How humans interact with computers and technology
• How to ensure the safety of critical computer systems, such as cars and aeroplanes
• Programming languages
• Computation and its limits
• Artificial Intelligence and Games
 

Course code: YRK/330
Course dates: Tuesday, 8 July 2014 at 11.00 hrs - Friday, 11 July 2014 at 15.15 hrs (3 nights residential)

 http://www.cs.york.ac.uk/undergraduate/headstart.htm

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Routes into STEM for Year 10 students

24 January 2014 - APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

THIS IS WHERE WE WILL POST UPDATES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, SO PLEASE COME BACK HERE FREQUENTLY TO CHECK FOR IMPORTANT MESSAGES.

Updated 28/03/14: Great news, we have extended the application deadline to FRIDAY, 4 APRIL, 2014 so apply NOW!

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Are you in Year 10 and do you like Maths and Science?
Would you like to know more about the rewarding and challenging careers these subjects could lead to?

INTRODUCTION
Routes into STEM offers you the chance to look at apprentice and university study, and careers, to help you make the right choice for YOU.

Who can apply?
Students in Year 10 who live in the Birmingham area and are interested to know more about the rewarding and challenging careers Maths and Science subjects can lead to.

How can Routes into STEM for Year 10 students help?
These specially designed courses will offer:
• A 3-day experience during half term in May 2014 including exciting hands on STEM activities.
• A chance to look at apprentice and university study to help you make the right choice for you.

Daily travel to and from the course
You are responsible for arranging and paying for your own travel each day to and from each different location.  Please make sure that you check with your parents/guardians that you are able to attend all three days of this experience before booking your place.

Cost of course
Once we can definitely offer you a place then you need to pay a course fee of £120 (includes £30 returnable deposit) and travel costs there and back each day to confirm your place.  We will provide a personal tutor, a Routes into STEM workbook, lunch and refreshments.

Bursaries
If you do need to apply for a bursary you must tell us when you email us your application and then post us the supporting documents we ask for (a completed bursary form and your evidence of income).  To download the forms you need, and understand how we’ll assess you click here.  We’re sorry, but if we do not receive the information within 10 days of your application, we won’t be able to consider you for a bursary.

Application forms must be received at Headstart by 5pm on Friday, 28 March 2014.  Any Offer of a Place will be emailed to you.  We will provide Joining Instructions two weeks before the course starts.

Payment is not required until we send an Offer.  Then you will need to make a payment through our online payment system with a UK debit or credit card and this is non-refundable, unless you can provide evidence of illness or other emergency, if you change your mind and decide not to come on the course.

Applying for a place
You must submit your Routes into STEM application form by email.  You can apply for a place and download your application form here, then fill it in, scan it and email it to headstartteam@etrust.org.uk.  Successful applicants will be offered a place by Headstart and once accepted you are then required to pay the course fee.

Routes into STEM 2014 course


BIRMINGHAM AREA
Three days non-residential
Course dates:
Day One 
- Tuesday, 27 May 2014 at Solihull College
Day Two - Wednesday, 28 May 2014 at Birmingham City University
Day Three - Thursday, 29 May 2014 at Aero Engine Control Systems
Cost of course:  £120 (includes £30 returnable deposit) which covers tuition and food

APPLY NOW! Click here to print the application form

 

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