Why choose STEM?

See also "STEM Club"

"Combined with a full programme of cultural visits, students' spiritual, moral, social and cultural education is promoted well." Ofsted 2015

Importance of STEM & UK

  • Almost 3/4 of firms employ STEM-skilled staff
  • STEM skills are vital to areas of future growth and employment
  • Yet 45% of employers are currently having difficulty recruiting STEM-skilled staff (shortage)
  • Need to double the supply of skilled workers in STEM-related jobs in the next seven to ten years
  • climate change and a rising population
  • greater demands on water supply, food production and energy
  • young people can both build strong futures and make a difference by choosing STEM subjects and careers
  • Need to compete internationally BRIC countries

Growth areas

  • Biomedical
  • Bioinformatics and computational biology
  • Pharmaceutical research
  • Biotechnology
  • Space technology
  • Civil and water engineering
  • Ubicomp technology
  • Carbon capture and storage
  • New generation of nuclear energy
  • Greater energy efficiency
  • Renewable sources of energy
  • Second generation of biodiesel fuels

STEM Qualifications and You

  • lead to a wide range of opportunities at different levels and are valuable for non-STEM jobs
  • They keep options open
  • help to address key global challenges such as climate change
  • valued by employers – 40% of businesses prefer STEM degrees when recruiting graduates
  • develop enterprise and employability skills – analytical capabilities, problem solving, creativity
  • Many STEM jobs need creativity and design skills in combination with mathematical and scientific abilities
  • Good salaries and wide variety of work locations

Show me the Money

The average graduate will earn around 23% more than his/her equivalent holding two or more A levels

Subject Additional Lifetime Earnings
Engineering £219.971
Chemistry £186.307
Physics £188.249
Maths £241.749
Biological Sciences £109.845
Psychology £100.479
All Degrees £160.061
Arts Degrees £34.494

The average earnings at start of career

Subject of Study Average Annual Salary
Biology £19.401
Sports Science £20.552
Phychology £19.285
Chemistry £22.530
Physics £24.252
Maths £24.693
Engineering £25.298
Subject Mark-up from average Arts graduate earnings Rank
Accountancy 42.15% 1
Electrical Engineering 40.73% 2
Maths and Computing 37.23% 3
Mechanical Engineering 33.71% 4
Social Sciences 14.20% 21
History 11.69% 22
English 10.84% 23
Sociology 10.83% 24

A level and Alternatives

  • Entry requirements for SMA (A-B)
  • Min for most colleges & other 6th forms is 5x A*-C with higher grades in specific subjects
  • Vocational subjects – check colleges
  • Apprenticeships –
    • Advanced (~2x A Level)
    • Higher Level 4

Types of career

Over 4000 Uni courses (CC & UCAS)

Hundreds of careers using STEM