What is Headstart?

Are you a student who loves science, technology and maths (STEM) subjects and is currently in Year 12, Scottish S5?  Are you thinking about what you might like to study at university, but find it difficult to make up your mind?  Then read on and find out how a Headstart course might be able to help you!

Headstart has been established for more than 16 years as a charitable trust providing hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) activities and engineering taster courses to encourage young people into technology-based careers.   Did you know that we've recently won the prestigious WISE Diversity award - see more about that here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ooowvGnHnVc

Taking place at some of the top universities in the country and run by inspirational leaders, our courses are perfect for finding out more about what exciting career opportunities a degree course might lead to.  Our broad-based engineering courses give a flavour of many different aspects of engineering and our focus courses provide an insight into highly specialised fields. 

If you’re a student currently in Year 12/S5, we can consider you for a place on one of our exciting residential courses, and give you the chance to connect with professionals and technical specialists whilst developing essential skills like problem-solving and team work. 

Our unique blend of learning and networking, whilst having fun, provides the perfect mix to understanding what type of career might lie ahead and help you make a more informed UCAS application.  And many young people have used Headstart to contribute towards the residential part of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award (so please feel free to take your booklet with you for signature at the course).  Check our FAQs for more details.

See a recent article written by a Headstart parent, published in the Financial Times under the pen name "Mrs Moneypenny", following her son's attendance at a 2012 course:

Calling all girls!

Have a look here to see some of the practical work at the Salford Insight Course: 

Did you know that one of our courses is run with much commitment and enthusiasm by a Professor recently awarded an MBE for her services to women in engineering?  If you’re a girl who’s still deciding which type of engineering’s right for her, we could have the perfect opportunity for you.  Take a look at one of our most talked about broad-based engineering courses, the Salford Girls only course.

It IS for Girls

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