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.

Events are held in June, July & September, and costs £130 which includes all meals and accommodation.  


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. 

Applications are now open for this year! 

Click here to download an application form.  

Courses include:

8th - 10th July 2019

Product Design

Product Design Project

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

8th - 9th July 2019

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

3rd - 5th July 2019


Taster Engineering Sessions

Aeronautical, Mechanical, Civil and Electronic engineering.

Also includes a factory tour and an inspirational Maths tutorial.


7th– 10th July 2019


14th - 17th July 2019



Taster Engineering Sessions

Aerospace, Chemical, Civil, Electronic & Electrical,

Materials, Medical, Mechanical Engineering.

11th– 13th September 2019

Product Design

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

11th– 13th September 2019



Taster Engineering Sessions

Automotive, Energy, Motorsport, Extreme Sports,

Mechanical Manufacturing and Environmental Engineering taster sessions


11th– 13th September 2019

Applied Computing

Coding, Hardware, Network, Internet of Things and Cyber Security taster sessions.

20th - 21st August 2019


Taster Engineering Sessions

Electronics, Computer Numerical Control, Performance Car Technology, Drones & Flight Simulation taster sessions


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