"I think that if everyone were to participate in a Headstart course, the world would be full of engineers. You just can't help getting excited about technology when you're getting hands-on experience."

Oana, Headstart attendee & winner of UKESF Award for Female Undergraduates


Since 2011, the UKESF has sponsored an annual Electronics-focused Summer School, as part of the Engineering Development Trust’s (EDT) range of Headstart courses.

The Summer School is a 5-day residential course held at one of our partner universities each summer, aimed at 16–17 year olds who are studying STEM subjects and intending to go to university.

The course includes lectures and practical sessions with academics from leading universities, hands-on design challenges, speakers from major companies in the Electronics sector and networking with industry professionals, as well as the chance to socialise with other people on the course.

Students get a first taste of university life during the Summer School, and have the opportunity to find out about degree study and careers in Electronics ahead of making their UCAS applications.

“The Headstart course gave me valuable experience of studying electronics and allowed me to make a much more informed decision when choosing my degree. As well as being informative and rewarding it was a lot of fun to meet like-minded people and was a great thing to talk about when applying for university.” Past attendee Catherine, who started a degree in Electronic & Electrical Engineering at the University of Nottingham in 2018.


To apply for our Headstart Summer School, you must be aged 16–17 and in year 12 at school/college (Scottish year 5).

You must be studying Maths and any of the following: Physics, Electronics, Engineering, IT.


The 2020 UKESF-Headstart Summer School will be held at the University of Sheffield.

Visit the EDT website to apply online.


Read up on previous Summer Schools to get an idea of what to expect:

Summer School 2019

Summer School 2018

Summer School 2017 and attendee Oana’s case study

Summer School 2016

Summer Schools 2015

Summer School 2014

Summer School 2013

Summer School 2012

Summer School 2011