ABOUT THE PROGRAMME
Interested in Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths? Or are you just not sure which subject to pursue at higher education?
Pathways to STEM is a programme that looks to inspire and support students to explore the range of STEM courses and careers available to them. A programme designed to build the essential knowledge, skills and confidence required to go on to higher education and the world of work. This is achieved through a range of experience on the programme, from work placements and mentoring to academic taster sessions and skills workshops.
The programme launched in 2015 by the Sutton Trust and Kusuma Trust. Pathways to STEM was designed to address the skills gap in STEM related careers. The programme aims to raise student’s aspirations and allow them to make informed decision about their future career.
Whilst each university has a unique way of delivering the programme, every Pathways to STEM student will be offered:
Work exposure days in the STEM sector
A programme of after-school and weekend events
E-mentoring from a university undergraduate currently studying a STEM subject
The chance to attend a summer residential packed with talks, activities and skills workshops
WHO CAN APPLY
Students applying to Pathways to STEM must meet the following criteria:
Attend, and have always attended, a state-funded, non fee-paying school/college
Be in Year 12 at the start of the programme
Have achieved 5 A* – B grades at GCSE (with a minimum of 2 A* or A grades), including grades 9 – 6 in Mathematics and English
Live within a reasonable commuting distance of the university to which you are applying
In addition, we are looking for students who:
Would be the first generation in their family to attend university
Have been in receipt of Free School Meals whilst at secondary school
Have attended schools with a lower than average progression to higher education, or a higher than average proportion of students who qualify for Free School Meals
Have parent(s)/guardian(s) who qualify for means-tested benefits
Have been looked after or in care
WHERE AND WHEN
Pathways STEM runs for two academic years. It starts during the first term of Year 12 and finishes in the final term of Year 13. The programme is run in conjunction with the following universities:
HOW TO APPLY
WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY
The most useful aspect was learning about life at university and what certain degrees can lead to in the world of work.
The day in the life of a STEM student gave me a very clear insight into university life.