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Virtual Routes into STEM

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The Routes into STEM Virtual course allows students Yr9 & 10 and S3 & S4 to recognise the variety of opportunities available to them after taking their GCSEs or Nat 5 and Highers, it will provide them access to key information on different pathways; college, university and STEM career. Diverse live interactive sessions will take place throughout the duration of the course, these will be available during school holidays and after school. Students will be able to listen and ask questions to a variety of STEM professionals and student ambassadors.  Students will also choose from a range of exciting projects, developed by our University and Industry partners, to work on during the course.

Who is it for?
  • Students in Year 9 or 10 or S3 or S4 who are interested in exploring a career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)

  • All you need is an interest in STEM and curiosity about the future and is open to all academic abilities

What is involved?
  • Approximately 20 hours of study virtually

  • Exploring different Routes into a STEM career including College Courses, University Courses, Apprenticeships and learning from industry what is involved in a STEM career as well as enhancing your skills

  • The course includes live interactive sessions throughout the duration, allowing you to listen and ask questions to STEM students and professionals

  • Once you have been inspired by these different Routes you will get to work on a project set by a STEM company to look further at a career area that interests you

When is it?
  • This course will run during the period 2 October 2023 – 2 August 2024 and students can join anytime and can complete flexibly within this time.

What do you get out of it?
  • A chance to find out about different Routes into STEM careers from industry experts, college and university leaders as well as young people who are currently on that path

  • Engage in projects and activities that will enhance your problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity and innovation skills as well as inspiring you to find career motivation.

  • Projects include: a Biopharm challenge from GSK, a Design challenge from Balfour Beatty, a Royal Society of Chemistry challenge and many more exciting challenges in all aspects of STEM.

  • A chance to create your own personalised action plan to see your own Route into STEM

  • You will learn about your career skills and how you could write about this in your CV/ Personal Statement and/or Application form

  • Once completed you will receive an Industrial Cadets Bronze Award showing all that you have achieved on the course


Total cost for this programme is £75


Bursaries are available to those students who may not otherwise be able to apply. Please indicate on your application form if you are interested in a Bursary

Live sessions timetable 

To view when all the live sessions are taking place, please click here

Register your interest in Virtual Routes into Stem 2023/24


"I have learnt about all of the different aspects that the STEM industry has to offer. I also love that there are jobs that haven't even been created yet".

"Now I see all of the different places STEM can take me".

"This course has increased my knowledge of my future in STEM by huge amounts, and I now know the huge variety of paths I can take. Not only this, but it has encouraged me to research much deeper into subjects I knew little about before which I am now seriously considering taking part in in the future, such as apprenticeships".

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