Headstart Cymru provides an opportunity for students in Year 12 to spend three days at university prior to making their UCAS application.

Headstart Cymru is a residential summer school - students stay in typical undergraduate accommodation at the university and attend broad-based courses looking at a range of engineering disciplines. Courses are designed to give students a real taste of what it is like to study at university.  

Do you:

  • Want to know how to choose the right university?
  • Want to know more about STEM subjects?
  • Want to make friends with similar interests?

We can help by...

Introducing several different branches of science and engineering providing hands-on experience of real practical problem solving showing you what it's like to study for a degree at university helping you choose which course is best providing a valuable addition to UCAS personal statements.  

Last year, courses included:



Product Design Project
A project based Product design task supported by Autodesk 360 training.




Physics & Engineering - Artificial Intelligence and Robotics

Introduction to the core skills required in Robotics Engineering. 

You will build robots and practise writing simple software programs to control them.

Treforest Campus



Taster Engineering Sessions 

Aeronautical, Mechanical, Civil and Electronic engineering. 

Also includes a factory tour and an inspirational Maths tutorial.


Taster Engineering Sessions

Aerospace, Chemical, Civil, Electronic & Electrical, Materials, Medical, Mechanical Engineering.




Product Design Project
A project based Product design task supported by Autodesk 360 training.


Taster Engineering Sessions

Automotive, Energy, Motorsport, Extreme Sports, Mechanical Manufacturing and Environmental Engineering taster sessions.


Courses are FREE for students living or studying in the following counties (funded by the European Social Fund), otherwise a cost of £130 will apply.  This includes all accommodation, catering and evening activities for the duration of stay.  

Funded counties include: Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthen, Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Bridgend, RCT, Caerphilly, Merthyr Tydfil, Blaenau Gwent and Torfaen.  (Please note school confirmation is required.)