Get a Headstart on your STEM Career

Applications now open for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) university taster courses 2019.

Are you an S5 student who loves science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects? Are you thinking about what you might like to study at university, but finding it difficult to make up your mind?

The Headstart programme offers students under the age of 18 the opportunity to spend up to a week at one of the top universities in the UK. You can experience what life at university is really like and understand what exciting career opportunities a degree course might lead to. You’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.

The experience will help you plan your next step after school or college and will also help make your UCAS application stand out.

Places normally cost £400 per student but Career Ready has been given 25 free places. We are therefore asking students at Career Ready schools to apply to us directly and we will select 25 students who will be given a guaranteed place.


To be eligible to apply, students must fit all the criteria below:

  • be 17 or younger on 21 August 2019
  • be interested in studying a Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths (STEM) degree and pursuing a STEM career after school/college confirm that,
  • if successful, they will agree to take part in any publicity required to promote Headstart in future years including social media during your placement.
  • be available to take part in the residential course in July or August 2019 – please note you will need parental consent
  • If successful your Career Ready Coordinator will be contacted to confirm you meet all these criteria.

How to apply

  • Please use the link at the bottom of this page to complete the online application form.
  • If you have any questions please contact Nick Insley, STEM Lead, at
  • The deadline for all applications is Monday 31st December 2018. Any incomplete applications, or applications received after the closing date, will not be considered.

Apply here – Career Ready, Headstart application

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