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Virtual Insight into University

Insight into University (previously known as Headstart) is a comprehensive virtual experience allowing students to explore STEM studies at university and the career opportunities that these subjects lead to.  It provides access to information on university and student life, STEM projects and activities set by leading UK universities and global STEM companies, first year undergraduate lectures, live interactive sessions with academics, admissions tutors, employers and current students. 

Every year EDT partner up with leading Universities across the UK including Cambridge, Sheffield, Lancaster, Abertay, UCL, Oxford, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Warwick, Kingston, Nottingham, Strathclyde, Plymouth University to give students an insight into STEM courses. Whether you are interested in life sciences, chemistry, biomedical, forensic science, robotics, food science, electronics, engineering, physics, computer science, sustainability, materials science, aerospace, built environment, tech or maths, we have something for you!

There are also fantastic workshops and careers guidance from organisations such as Innovate UK, GSK, GE, Tech Partnership, Rolls Royce....and more!

The unique feature of this course is that students are able to access content from a diverse range of STEM subjects and will be able to tailor a course that suits their interest.



  • STEM subjects at University – a variety of information about the different STEM subject options that are available at university and how these link to careers.

  • University Lectures – a wide selection of lectures recorded for you by our university partners.  These will give you a taster of what first-year undergraduate level lectures are like and also increase your knowledge in the subject area.

  • World of Work – workshops set by STEM industry partners allowing students to experience real-life applications of STEM subjects.

  • Live sessions – a full timetable of live sessions to allow students to interact with academics, university admissions tutors, current undergraduates, mentors, young graduates and industry experts.  You can hear information first-hand and ask all of your questions.

  • Projects and Activities – practical activities, projects and challenges developed and delivered by our university partners that you can do from home.

  • Graduation Project – presentation of programme outcomes and award of an Industrial Cadets Silver award.




  • Can be completed flexibly to fit around other commitments and study at a pace that suits individual circumstances.

  • Open to all students aged 16+ and suitable for all abilities, with activities covering different levels of advanced study.

  • All students need is a genuine interest in STEM subjects and inquisitiveness about what the future can hold for them and how they can help get themselves there.

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Duration:  30 hours to be completed at your own pace.

Dates: This course will run during the period 1st July 2024 – 23rd August 2024 and students can complete the course flexibly within this time.


Cost: Total cost for this programme is £95.


For more information, have a look at our Insight into University Virtual Experience Flyer here.

Register your interest for Insight into University virtual experience 2023/24 below.

Not ready to apply yet? Register your details for Insight into University Virtual Experience here, and we’ll send you a reminder later


"This course gave me great insight into real life in the working world of STEM and I had fun along the way"

— Student

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