Headstart, Inspire and Routes into STEM Bursary & Payment Information

Headstart, Inspire and Routes into STEM Bursary & Payment Information

We have a number of fully-funded and part-funded bursary places and we may be able to offer you assistance if financial hardship would prevent you accepting the offer of a place.  

However, as a charitable trust we do have limited funds and as some schools are able to offer financial help for educational courses such as ours, we’d like you to please ask them first if they’d be willing to support you.  

We may be able to offer assistance for fees to students who meet the following criteria:-

  • Students eligible for free school meals now or within the last 6 years
  • Students who are or who have been in local authority care
  • Students who are carers for family members 
  • If your family is receiving Working Tax Credit or Universal Credit, and you can evidence it.

If you would like us to consider you for funding towards your course fees due to the above reasons or other circumstances then please complete an application form and tell us that you are applying for a funded place.  



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Headstart courses in 2019 are offered at a subsidised rate of £385 for all courses, except Oxford and Cambridge which are offered at £435.  Included in this cost is your tuition, accommodation and meals. But not your travel to and from the University, which you must arrange and pay for yourself.

Did you know that the actual cost of all Headstart courses is £580, and fundraisers at EDT work extremely hard to raise money to keep the course as affordable as possible for students.   Some parents have told us that they would be happy to pay more than the subsidised course fee of £385/£435, because they know it would mean that EDT can use their monies to offer a higher number of reduced cost places for very disadvantaged students.  If you would like to make a donation in excess of £385/£435 when you pay for your son or daughter’s course, you will have the opportunity to do so when you pay online to secure the course place.

Headstart offers are made between February and April each year, although some offers may be made sooner in special circumstances.  On receipt of your Headstart course offer, you will be asked to make a payment to secure the place within 7 days. 

Are you interested in Aeronautical Engineering and enjoying your studies in maths and physics.  A bursary fund has been set up in honour of the late Jon Dennison who had a distinguished career in aerospace and engineering, spanning government and industry.  We have some bursary fully funded places for students who are able to tell us that finances would otherwise prevent them from attending.
Courses available to apply for are:
Aerospace Engineering at Coventry
Aerospace Engineering at Liverpool
Queen's University
University of Salford

University of Sheffield
University of Strathclyde

Jon Dennison
Throughout his distinguised career in aerospace and engineering the late Jon Dennison was committed to enabling young people to realise their potential.  Through his work chairing the Engagement Group of the Aerospace Growth Partnership he made a significant impact in promoting careers in aerospace to young people of all education entry levels.  It is  therefore approriate that a bursary fund is being established in his honour that will enable  young people from disadvantaged backgrounds - for example from schools or neighbourhoods with low university participation rates - to progress their interest in a career in engineering, particularly in aerospace.

You can find out more about Jon Dennison here



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The cost to attend an Inspire course is dependent on whether you attend a residential or non-residential course.

The cost is £235 which includes tuition, accommodation and food but not your travel to and from the University, which you must arrange and pay for yourself. Although the actual cost of all Inspire courses is £353, EDT fundraisers work extremely hard to raise money to keep the course as affordable as possible for students.  

The cost is £140 which covers tuition and food, but not your travel to and from the University each day.  You must arrange and pay for this yourself.



The cost to attend a Routes into STEM course is £135 which covers tuition and food, but not your travel to and from the different locations each day.  You must arrange and pay for this yourself.


To pay online please click here

If your school has agreed to fund all or part of your course, you can tell us this when you apply online.  If you're lucky enough to receive an offer from us, you will then need to provide us with written confirmation from your school that we can invoice them for payment.


Cancellation Policy

You are not asked to pay any fee until you have been sent an offer of a place on one of our courses.  But once you have accepted a course place and paid the fee, this is non refundable.

Because we are a charitable trust, very leanly resourced and not receiving any government funding, once you accept and pay for a course place, we ask that you do attend, and do not cancel off the course and ask for your money back.

Despite being over-subscribed, once offers have been made and the courses are full, we tell unsuccessful students who then go on to make alternative arrangements. In addition, we have strict criteria laid down by Universities so we cannot make an offer to a replacement student. This means it is normally not possible for us to backfill a course, so the place goes unfilled.

To clarify – we don’t offer refunds if you change your mind after paying for a course. If you are lucky enough to get an offer, please read it through thoroughly, check the dates for any clashes with exams, and look at the title, location and description of the course.  Make sure you are happy before you pay.  And finally, if we make you an offer, it’s you we want!

We reserve the right to cancel or change any aspect of a course without notice.  Cancellation may result in a suitable alternative being offered, or a full refund.