(Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)
Science and technology is everywhere around us and is continuously developing all over the world.
Discover STEM is a two year pathway starting in Year 12 for students studying A Levels (or equivalent) in Science and/or Maths who have an interest in finding more about the STEM subjects available at university. Students will also need to meet specific Academic and Widening Participation (WP) criteria from state schools within South Yorkshire and the surrounding region. See 'How to apply' section below for more information.
The pathway will explore the different STEM degree options through practical workshops and taster sessions and spending time working in laboratories and other locations. Within these workshops you will have the opportunity to work with current undergraduate STEM students - gaining a real experience of what it is like to be a student at the University.
Overall you will be exposed to subject areas that you may not have studied previously, as well as an insight into the practical nature of a STEM degree. Discover STEM also explores the different career options that can come from a STEM degree, through interactive workshops with University of Sheffield STEM Alumni.
Support with exam revision
To be successful on the degree course you eventually chose, you will be required to meet certain entry requirements, which are set to reflect the academic level of course content and to ensure that you can be comfortable in achieving a good standard in your degree.
As a participant in Discover you will have free access to an online tutoring platform, where you will be able to work through challenging revision questions, seek support on a particular aspect of a subject, or submit written pieces of work for feedback, working with Tutors who have already received qualifications in a range of subjects.
You will receive guidance on how to use the secure platform, which can be accessed from your mobile phone or computer and you’ll be able to book sessions with the Tutors at times which are convenient for you, even in the evening or at weekends!
Engaging with the Tutoring opportunity is a compulsory part of the Discover programme, designed to support you in achieving the highest grades possible.
Students who successfully complete the pathway will be eligible for a conditional offer for degrees at The University of Sheffield, with the exception of degrees in Medicine, Dentistry and Health.
To qualify for an adjusted offer for Medicine you must have completed the Discover Medicine pathway and to qualify for an adjusted offer in Dental Surgery you must have completed Discover Dental Professions.
If you wanted to take a 1 x year gap break before applying to The University of Sheffield, or need to resit A Levels to achieve a higher grade, the adjusted offer would be made available in the following year only.
|Who can participate?||
This pathway is for students who meet specific Academic and Widening Participation (WP) criteria from state schools within South Yorkshire and the surrounding region.
Pupils who meet the academic criteria and one or more of the following criteria will be prioritised for participation on this pathway:
|How to apply||
If you have the potential to achieve good grades at A Level or equivalent and would either be in the first generation of your family to go into Higher Education, or you are a Looked after Child, look after someone in your family or have a declared disability, you may qualify to apply for the pathway.
Talk to the head of your sixth form or your course leader to find out. They will tell you if you are eligible based upon the criteria and information we have provided for them.
You and your parents or carers will then need to complete the online application form, via your registered school/college co-ordinator.
Note: Taking part in Discover STEM shows commitment and could enhance your university application. However, it does not guarantee you a place at university. Places are subject to availability and you can only be registered on one sustained Outreach programme at the University of Sheffield at any one time.