STEM students can get a Headstart on inspiring university taster course

Applications are now open for Headstart 2017. The Headstart programme, run by EDT, offers students under the age of 18 who are interested in studying a degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths) field, the opportunity to spend up to a week at one of the top universities in the UK.

Students can experience what life at university is really like and understand what exciting career opportunities a degree course might lead to. They'll be able to connect with professionals in specific STEM industries, as well as other students from across the UK, whilst developing essential skills like problem-solving and team work.

Miles Pemberton, a student from Tytherington School in Macclesfield, spent a week at the University of Oxford in July 2016. Miles said: “I applied to Headstart because I thought it would be a brilliant chance to see what the environment is like at university. It seemed particularly well suited to me, as I could test out my chosen subject – Chemistry – at university to see whether or not it was really for me. I was able to make a really large network of new friends who shared the same passion as 
me. 

“The programme was very helpful in securing my decision to study at university as I previously had worried about going away. It also helped increase my employability.”

Places normally cost around £360 per student but Career Ready has been given 25 free places for year 12 students in our schools and colleges network. To apply for a free Headstart place through Career Ready, students should complete the application form, giving their details and explaining why they should be selected for the programme. 

Another Headstart student, Aneliese Hodgson from Stockton Sixth Form College, said: “I think that Headstart is a great opportunity to meet like-minded people and do things that you’re passionate about. Attending lectures and executing our own practicals as well as presenting our findings to others increased my levels of confidence, and made me more comfortable learning independently. Being able to see a first hand experience of university life also taught me that the transition from A-level to degree was not as challenging as I thought.”

The deadline for applications is Friday 3 February and successful candidates will be notified by Friday 10 February.