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Virtual Routes into STEM 2023/2024 FAQ's

When is it running?

The course will be available from 2 October 2023 until 2 August 2024.


Is the experience suitable for me?

The Routes into STEM Experience - Virtual course is open to all students in YR9/10 or S3/S4 interested in STEM subjects. It is suitable for all abilities with activities covering different levels of advanced study.


What is the mode of study?

Routes into STEM is a virtual experience via the Talent LMS platform. All the content will be available via the platform and the experience will include live webinars and activities to take you away from the screen.


How long will it take to complete the course?

It will take around 20 hours to complete the course and to gain your Bronze Industrial Cadets award. These hours can be completed flexibly to fit around other commitments and study at a pace that suits you.


I have other commitments (school, club, holiday etc.), how flexible is the course?

The course is around 20hrs of flexible study and it will be available from 2 October 2023 to 2 August 2024.



How is the course structured?

Your course will be split up into different sections. These are Introduction, College life, University life, Apprenticeship life, Workshops, Careers skills, Live sessions, and Evaluation modules.  You must complete the Introduction section first. The other sections can be studied in any order and you can switch back and forth between the sections to vary your learning. 

Routes into STEM is a 20-hour course to qualify for the Industrial Cadets Bronze Award a breakdown of the approximate time on each section can be seen below. You may wish to spend longer on some sections or attend more than three live sessions.

Section                                                                                      Hours 


Introduction                                                                               1*

Live Sessions                                                                             At least 3 sessions ( 3hours)

College life (including research project)                                    2*

University life (including research project)                                2*

Apprenticeship life (including research project)                       2*

Workshop (including extended project)                                   6* (2 hours for workshops, 4                                                                                                         hours for independent project)

Careers Skills                                                                            2*

Evaluation                                                                                 2*



*Section times are approximate


Live Sessions

How many live sessions do I have to attend?

You must take part in at least three live sessions to gain your Bronze Industrial Cadets Award.


Is there a timetable for studying the content?

No, the experience is designed to fit around your other commitments and so you can work on the content flexibly when it suits you. There is a timetable for the live sessions on the course platform and you will be able to choose to attend the ones that interest you.


Is there a deadline to apply?

You can apply any time between 2 October 2023 until 2 August 2024 and complete it flexibly within your own time.


How to apply?

Fill in a short application form here and we will be in touch with further information.


How much does the Routes into STEM Virtual Experience cost?

EDT is an education charity, and we keep costs as low as possible for students and their families. The cost for the Routes into University Virtual Experience is £75.


Is there a help available if cost is a barrier?

We are able to provide some fully funded places for students who require financial assistance to access the course. Please indicated your interest on the application form and we will contact you to see if you are eligible.

Can my Routes into STEM experience be used for my Duke of Edinburgh's Bronze Award skills section? 

Routes into STEM experience could be used under skills area for your DofE. It is your responsibility to ensure that you comply with the requirements, and we recommend that you check with your DofE Leader to ensure suitability. If it does please do not hesitate to contact if you need us to complete any assessment forms.  


What if I have more questions?

Feel free to get in touch with us on 01707 906106 or email our Student Support Team at and we’ll be happy to answer any of your questions.


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