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8 to 10 July 2020
Innovation Quarter (IQ) & Alex Building - University of Wales Trinity Saint David 
headstart@uwtsd.ac.uk

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

Students stay in University accommodation, tour the campus with student ambassadors 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.   

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 50places 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 the below application form, and places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. 

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In Applied Computing, we strongly believe the best way to learn is by doing. The Headstart Cymru programme will allow you to learn and develop an understanding and knowledge in various field of computer science. The activities are designed to give you hands-on experience in the field of programming, game development, hardware, networking and cybersecurity.

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The Engineering Headstart programme will give you the opportunity to try a wide range of hands-on taster sessions at our new waterfront campus. 

Over the course of the event, through the practical, interactive sessions, we aim to dispel some common myths around Engineering and to equip you with the answers to the following questions?  

What is Engineering?

What role does engineering play in addressing humanity’s biggest challenges?

What the future holds for engineers?

Why Engineering is a fantastic study choice, regardless of if you choose to go to college, university or to look for an apprenticeship. 

Through interactive, practical lab-based sessions, you will find out about the following:

  • Automation and collaborative robotics
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning and their applications in automated systems
  • Computer-Aided Manufacturing Technologies – how we turn ideas into reality.
  • Advanced metal 3D printing applications and how these technologies can save lives in bio-medical applications.
  • Laser Scanning for data capture
  • Digital Twin modelling and Virtual Reality applications in engineering.
  • Motorsport applications – including how race simulators can be used to optimise performance.
  • How maths techniques, you likely already know about, can help us to develop ingenious real-word design solutions.
  • Motorcycle Engineering – how we use engineering to develop faster, more stable machines.
  • Energy and Environmental Engineering and the crucial role that engineers play in developing a more sustainable future for everyone.

The engineering team at UWTSD look forward to welcoming you to, what promises to be, an action packed event in July.

product design

Product designers by nature are visionaries, they define the world around us, giving it form and material quality. Our vision is to produce design professionals able to respond creatively to the changing needs of people in a commercially and environmentally sustainable manner. Our Product Design degree courses at Swansea College of Art UWTSD offer the best training and facilities to prepare graduates for creative jobs in product, furniture, industrial and engineering design.