Virtual Routes into STEM

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Virtual Routes into STEM 2021/22 Courses FAQ 


General Information 


When is my course running and what are the deadlines to be aware of? 


October Routes into STEM

Course: 21 Oct – 11 Nov 2021 

Project hand in date: Thursday 4th Nov 2021

Live sessions (a minimum of one 1-hour webinar must be attended): 25 – 29 Oct 2021 

Course close: Thursday, 11th Nov 2021

February Routes into STEM

Course: 10 Feb – 3 Mar 2022 

Project hand in date: Thursday 24th Feb 2022 

Live sessions (a minimum of one 1-hour webinar must be attended):

14 – 18 Feb & 

21 – 25 Feb 2022 

Course close: Thursday, 3rd Mar 2022 

July Routes into STEM

Course: 14 Jul – 4 Aug 2022 

Project hand in date: Thursday 28th Jul 2022

Live sessions (a minimum of one 1-hour webinar must be attended):

25 – 29 Jul 2022 

Course close: Thursday, 4th Aug 2022 


What is the mode of study? 

Virtual Routes into STEM courses are online courses. 


What is the duration of the course? 

Around 20hrs of flexible study to be completed during the course dates. 


Is there a timetable for studying the course? 

No, the course is designed to fit around your other commitments and so you can work on the content flexibly when it suits you.   


What is the URL for the course? 


How will I receive my login details? 

The student login details will be sent to the email address you provided on the application (also the same email account the original offer email was sent to) a few days before the course start date.  


The course has started but I haven’t received my login details. What now? 

A few days prior to the course start date, we recommend keeping an eye on your email account (the email will be sent via an automated system) and once you receive the email you will be able to login – we advise you login within 24hours and change your password. 

Please add to your email contact list to try and avoid it being directed to your junk/spam folders. If you can’t find your login details on your junk/spam folder, please contact 


I cannot log in with my email address.  

It probably is an incorrect email address, please contact who will update your profile and your details on the platform. 


I’m having problems with initial login. 

Please contact who will reset your login details. 


I forgot my password, what now? 

You can reset your password by clicking on Forgot your password? here or you can email student recruitment for this to be reset (please note this mailbox is monitored Mon – Fri during office hours).  


Course content


How is the course structured? 

You will work through a series of short courses, all displayed on your course dashboard.  These are Introduction, College, University, Company, Careers skills, Live sessions, Projects and Graduation modules.  You must complete the Introduction section first, this will allow you to access all the other courses.  These can be studied in any order and you can switch back and forth between the courses to vary your learning.  When all courses are complete your Graduation module will unlock.    


What is the Graduation Module? 

By the time you reach the Graduation module you will have studied all of the required content on the course.  This final section is a piece of feedback and reflection on what you have learnt, and on submission you will get your certificate to download.  This section will only take you around 30 - 45 minutes but please leave yourself enough time to complete it before the course close date otherwise you will not be able to get your certificate. 


Why is the project hand in deadline before the end of the course?  

The project deadline is set before the close of the course to allow us time to assess your work and to give you time to complete the Graduation course. 


How long will it take for my project to be assessed? 

It can take us up to 3 days to assess your project work, although we always try to get it assessed as quickly as possible. 


I cannot move on to the next part of course 

This could be due to two reasons: 

  • Your project needs to be assessed before you can progress further with the next module 

  • You haven’t answered the questions required to progress (there are often questions below compulsory videos which need answering before you can move forwards in the module) 



Live Sessions 


How many live sessions do I have to attend? 

We run live sessions twice a day for a week during the courses in October 2021 and July 2022 and once a day over a two-week period for the course in February 2022. Each session will have a Q&A opportunity and you must take part in at least one live session to gain your Bronze Industrial Cadets Award. 


How do I register for the live sessions I’m interested in?  

You can sign up to the live sessions on the live session course timetable when you login.  There are a limited number of spaces per session, so the more popular ones may reach capacity.  To avoid disappointment please make sure you sign up as quickly as possible, if you cannot sign up to a session because it is full, we will record these and upload them to the course for you to view later. The recordings can be found in the Live session’s module. There will be a catch-up timetable. The recordings tend to be available a day after they have taken place.   

What if I am unable to attend some of the live sessions due to wifi issues? 

All of the live session are recorded; therefore, you are able to watch them after they have taken place and you have an internet connection. 



Further Info 


If I don't manage to graduate this time round will there be another opportunity? 

You would have to apply and pay for another course to be able to take part again.  Your progress would not be carried over and so you would have to study all of the course content again from the beginning.  We strongly recommend that you try and complete the course on your first attempt. 


What if I have more questions? 

In the introduction section of the course you will watch a video which will explain in detail how the course works and answer many of the questions you may have. During the course you can use the messaging facility on the course platform to contact a tutor. If you have any questions or issues that arise during the course, you can also always contact our student support team and we’ll be happy to answer any of your questions.  Please bear in mind that our support team only work Mon-Fri during office hours so outside of these times you will have to wait for a response.