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Residential Insight into University

Previously known as Headstart

Have you ever wondered what it's like to go to university? Are there lots of questions about university going around in your head? Would you like to know what it's like before you take the leap and apply for a STEM university degree? Well now you can - with our Industrial Cadets Residential Insight into University experiences, you get the chance to try out a STEM degree subject at leading universities throughout the UK. 


Insight into University residential experiences are summer schools run over 4 or 5 days where students get a taster of university life and an insight into a specific STEM subject.  


Students will get the opportunity to experience university style lectures and work on activities and group projects with the support of academics and student mentors. Students will stay in halls of residence and will take part in social activities in the evenings. These experiences provide a great way for students to try out university life, help them make an informed decision for their UCAS application and meet like-minded students from all around the UK. On completion of the course, students will achieve an Industrial Cadets Silver Award. 


These experiences are available for Year 12/S5-6 students who attend a school or college in the UK.  We also welcome applications from students who are home-educated.    

Applications for some of the summer 2024 summer schools are still open.

For course more information on specific courses and requirements please see the course descriptions below.

Please submit only one application. You can select up to three different courses you’d like to apply for. Please note we can only allocate one course place per student. 

You will need your personal and school details and you will be required to write a short personal statement to tell us why you would like to do the courses you are applying for, which subjects you are currently studying and your predicted grades (please check the course is suitable for you before applying).

Materials Science at the University of Oxford - FULL, Applications closed 

Materials Science at the University of Cambridge - 4 nights residential 

Broad-Based Engineering at the University of Sheffield - FULL, Applications closed 

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Aerospace Engineering at the University of Liverpool - FULL, Applications closed

Maths at Lancaster University - 3 nights residential 

Mechanical Engineering at UCL - FULL, Applications closed 

Ocean & Earth Science at the University of Southampton - FULL, Applications closed 

Physics and Astronomy at the University of Surrey – FULL, Applications closed 

Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry at Aston University – FULL, Applications closed 

Broad-Based Engineering at the University of Salford – female only course - 3 nights residential

For more information, have a look at our Insight into University Residential Experience here

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

"I've loved the course so much I don't want to go home."

"Its been a unique experience and I would definitely recommend it."


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