Headstart Cymru residential courses give Year 12 students the opportunity to spend time at an Engineering, Product Design or Computing Department at University prior to submitting their UCAS application. 

Students stay in University accommodation, tour the campus with undergraduates and attend lecture-style and practical sessions.  Courses give pupils an authentic experience of University life.  Evening activities are arranged to give students an opportunity to socialise with students with similar interests.  

Applications for this year's courses are now closed.  

Courses take place in July and September and will open again in 2020.  


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.)

The first 50 places for students living in the following counties are FREE, once these are filled a cost of £130 will apply:
Cardiff, Newport, Vale of Glamorgan, Monmouthshire, Powys, Wrexham & Flintshire

Students can apply to attend a course by completing an application form, and places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.