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 below are now open.  

29-30 June 2020

- Cancelled

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.

1-3 July 2020 - Cancelled

Taster Engineering Sessions
Aeronautical, Mechanical, Civil and Electronic engineering.
Also includes a factory tour and an inspirational Maths tutorial.

5-8 July 2020

or 12-15 July 2020

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

To apply for this course online, click here

8-10 July 2020

3 Courses:

Product Design

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

Applied Computing - Cancelled

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

To apply for this course online, click here

13-15 July 2020 

- Cancelled

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


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.