BSc (Hons) Education for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

Are you enthusiastic about STEM and want to share your enthusiasm with others? Have you always wanted to make a real and positive impact on the education of young people and adults? Are you somebody who wants to make a difference to the world by educating others on how STEM impacts on our lives?

The Education for STEM degree will prepare you to become a competent, thoughtful, reflective and innovative practitioner, and will develop the subject-specific knowledge and skills to allow progression to PGCE routes of study for those wishing to train to be a STEM teacher.

The STEM course has a placement opportunity in each of the three years of study so that you can relate what you have been taught to a real-world situation. The placements will be undertaken in a number of different environments including the community, school, industry and an international placement in the final year. Please note this course starts in September 2020.

Across the course, you will explore STEM themes to interconnect the separate elements so that they have relevance and meaning, all underpinned with learning theory and strategies to educate others. 

You will study the science, mathematics and technology that relates to the world you live and work in. You will learn how to take a complex subject and be able to assimilate and transfer this knowledge so that it can be communicated to a wide range of audiences.  For example, 'genetics' that it can be understood, accessed and related to by a 4-year-old, a 14-year-old and a 40- year-old. By making STEM relevant and give it context, this will generate interest and a desire to learn more and to passion this knowledge to others. 

Each year of study explore themes of study and the modules and assessments have been designed to interconnect the STEM strands.

Year One

  • Practical Science - 20 credits 
    This module will provide opportunities for students to develop their practical skills in a range of scientific environments linked to STEM whilst instilling the use of safe and effective approaches to experimental science. It will allow students to become confident, independent users of a range of equipment and techniques in the areas of biology, chemistry and physics within the framework of the thematic approach of the course.

  • Skills for Technology - 20 credits
    This module will provide opportunities for students to develop their practical skills in a range of technology-based workshop environments linked to STEM. Health and Safety will be a core theme of the module preparing students to become confident, independent users of a range of traditional tools, machines and CAD/CAM equipment that supports the thematic approach of the course. The use of practical manufacturing skills will be necessary to meet the assessment requirements of most modules covered in year one of study. Students will begin the process of developing a Health and Safety portfolio in preparation for formal Health and Safety accreditation in year three.

  • Numeracy for Life - 20 credits
    This module will arm you with the skills to engage in the numeracy debate. The module opens eyes to the real-life application of number. You will begin to see opportunity in everyday activity that you have never before. You will become a practitioner in converting others to understand being numerate is an essential skill. It is presented in a way that makes it as easy as 1, 2, 3. The activities engage with real people in a variety of real-life settings. You will develop expertise in numeracy.

  • How we learn - 20 credits
    This module examines the learning and development needs of both children and adults. Students will become familiar with learning and teaching strategies through a range of focused observational experiences in workplace settings that highlight the interconnectedness of STEM subjects. They will develop skills of reflection that will enable them to apply theoretical principles to themed STEM study throughout the course. Technology, such as IRIS, and simulations in the Hydra Minerva suite will form part of the delivery of this module to expose the student to a variety of scenarios and self-reflection opportunities.

  • Professional Development 1 – Skills for Success - 20 credits
    In this module, students will be challenged to consider what it means to be a “professional” and how to conduct themselves in a professional manner. Study is linked to the other modules taught this year through the themes of The ABC of STEM; Staying Alive and World of Innovation. Students will be able to relate their study of educational development and educational settings to the content delivered in other themed module areas.

  • STEM in the community - 20 credits
    This module provides students with the history and present-day context of STEM to enable them to observe and evaluate the impact that current STEM delivery is having in the community. Placement days with STEM organisations will allow students to identify issues that can be aligned to the cross-curricular themes of the course to engender a creative and innovative way of communicating STEM.

Year Two

  • Developing Science - 20 credits
    Students will develop their subject knowledge in 21st century topics across the areas of biology, chemistry and physics using the cross-curricular themes of Sustainable Earth and Computer science. They will then identify how best to communicate subject knowledge and scientific concepts to a range of audiences to promote the STEM ideology.

  • Innovation and Enterprise using Technology - 20 credits
    Students will develop a commercial awareness of product and packaging design, development and planning in the 21st century, recognising key market demands and trends. An emerging awareness of design ethics, material choices and sustainability in a global setting are key elements of this module. Students will consider innovation and emerging technology in design, tackling real-world design problem scenarios linked to the cross-curricular themes of Sustainable Earth and Computer Science.

  • Mathematical Modelling - 20 credits
    Have you ever wondered how mathematical concepts are turned into visual images? How do experts analyse complex interactions such as the spread of disease? Do you fancy developing your own “never seen before” conceptual model? Using a variety of modelling techniques you will learn how to interact with STEM activities providing an invaluable skill that could model the past as well as the future.

  • STEM Futures 20 - 20 credits
    This module explores current technologies that support STEM education and has a forward-looking approach to encourage the student to think of how both current and emerging technologies can be incorporated into the learning and teaching process. Specific digital tools and software are examined with a focus on becoming an active producer within the field of STEM communication.

  • Professional Development 2 – The STEM Professional - 20 credits
    The focus of the module is to introduce students to a range of learning theories and the role that a STEM educator and communicator plays. Students’ understanding and application of effective learning and teaching strategies will be extended through university and work-place experiences. Technology, such as IRIS, and simulations in the Hydra Minerva suite will form part of the delivery of this module to expose the student to a variety of scenarios and self-reflection opportunities.

  • STEM in the workplace - 20 credits
    Students will be provided with a placement to enable them to work with STEM organisations to research, design and implement resources to further the provision of STEM initiatives. This module will address the future development of STEM in education and the needs of industry and other stakeholders as well as developing students’ skills in communication and problem solving.

Year Three

  • Applied Science – 20 credits
    Students will extend their practical skills and subject knowledge across the three sciences to the creative application of solving problems in a variety of STEM contexts and real-world scenarios related to their employment or further study choices. The use of emerging technologies and innovative approaches will be encouraged to link the scientific knowledge across the STEM subjects.

  • Applied Technology - 20 credits
    Students will further extend and apply their practical skills and knowledge in product design, engineering design and textiles technology, developing specialist subject knowledge in at least one of these areas. Students will develop techniques that support creative STEM approaches and enhance their ability to create imaginatively-designed STEM activities. Module assessments are focused to provide an opportunity for students to apply practical skills and subject knowledge whilst considering their future employment or further study choices in the STEM sector. Students will complete the process of Health and Safety portfolio development and submit for formal Health and Safety accreditation.

  • Applied Mathematics – 20 credits
    Something to get your calculator truly warmed up. The Fundamental Theorem of Algebra, Geometry, Group Theory, Modular Mathematics, Iterative Processes and others. The module content will upskill your mathematical aptitude and expertise. You will retain a focus as a developing STEM educator and communicator by investigating deeper applied scenarios. You will experience taking a body of knowledge, interpreting it and communicating it to others in a way they can understand. The module will provide true mathematicians with one or two "Wow, I never knew that!" moments.

  • Professional Development 3 – Next Steps - 20 credits
    In this module students are provided with real-life opportunities to work alongside external STEM stakeholders. Activity will include research, design, development and implementation in an international context, with twenty days’ overseas placement built in to the module. Students will refine their skills of reflection within the professional working environment and will receive the “Certificate of Work Readiness” within the “Passport of Achievement” on successful completion of this module.

  • Applied Professional Project – 40 credits
    A truly unique important research project underpinned by action-based enquiry while on international placement. Your placement will provided a real-life A.P.P. that will have actual impact on the placement environment. The module anticipates your STEM experience throughout the course will be brought to fruition. As a bonus the role of research and understanding of different perspectives in different environments will add to the richness of your curriculum vitae. The perfect finish to your BSc (honours) Education for STEM course.


This course is delivered through a combination of university-based study and placements.

A typical week will include sessions on campus. You will also have scheduled blocks for placement and professional reflection days which will be identified across the academic year.

Personal and professional development are key foci of the course and you will have the opportunity to engage with a range of partners, external speakers, employers and guest lecturers.

Developing your research skills is also a key aspect of the course and you will have the opportunity to develop your research skills through action enquiry projects so that it has impact within the STEM sector.

A typical timetable for week would be made up of formal lectures, practical workshop sessions, tutorials, simulation session and seminars. Notional contact hours are 12 – 15 hours a week. You will also be required to undertake independent study out side of this scheduled timetable. Please note that during weeks of placement, you will need to be available the whole week. Placement dates are available on request.


Assessment includes written coursework tasks, seminar presentations, projects and examinations that embrace and encourage the use of technology and social media.


The course has a placement opportunity in each of the three years of study so that you can relate what you have been taught to a real-world situation.  The placements will be undertaken in a number of different environments including the community, school, industry and an international placement in the final year of the course.


On campus, you will learn in an environment that fully prepares you for the world of work. We have a new science laboratory and a number of specialist classrooms and computer suites, which will provide you with authentic learning opportunities.

During the course, you will also have access to excellent design and technology facilities at a local secondary school. These learning spaces are designed to look like a real-world environment, allowing you to develop confidence for the workplace in realistic settings.

As part of the course, you will have the opportunity to gain professional accreditation e.g. STEM Ambassador and D&T Health and Safety training.

The course also makes use of range of technology within its teaching and you will have access to the Hydra Minerva simulation suite where you will experience real situations.


Entry criteria detail typical offers, but USW considers all applications on an individual basis, which means that we could make offers based on qualifications, personal profile and experience. 

Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable. A Science / Technology / Mathematics qualification profile at level 3 or demonstrable experience of working in the STEM sector where comparable knowledge and skills could be evidenced are required as subject specific qualifications for entry to the course.

Additional Requirements:

An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for the Child Workforce and Child Barring List and subscription to the DBS Update Service. (Overseas equivalent required for non-uk applicants)



Typical A-Level Offer

BCC - CDD  to include a Science / Technology / Mathematics subject but to exclude General Studies (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level in a Science / Technology / Mathematics subject to exclude General Studies (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass in a Science / Technology / Mathematics subject  (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical IB Offer

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum score of 29 overall including 5 or above in English at standard level

Typical Access to HE Offer

 Passing an Access to HE Diploma in a Science / Technology / Mathematics subject and obtain a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points.


Additional Requirements

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics/Numeracy, English Language and Science at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent, but consideration maybe given to individual circumstances. 



International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured, please contact us.


Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
DBS * £47.20
This fee includes £40 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
DBS Updating Service * £13
Subscription required for each year of the course for a yearly fee of £13. Please note the service has to be joined within 30 days of receipt of your enhanced DBS certificate.
Travel to placements and any additional costs levied by placements *
Costs are variable
International placement settings
Costs are variable
Professional Accreditation costs (DATA Health and Safety accreditation) * £24
Cost is approximate
Laboratory coat / apron and scientific calculator * £40
Cost is approximate

UK and EU students
Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. 

International students
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU. 

Admissions statement

The School of Education, Early Years and Social Work take great pride in the outstanding success it has demonstrated with progression into employment with an average trend of 97% engaged in employment post-course. This course has been designed to reflect and address the market shortages across STEM. The established delivery team has a proven record of developing the highest standards of graduates.

Graduate prospects have traditionally been high with many of the students being offered employment following their placement. The course prepares students to consider diversifying their subject base underpinned by pedagogy to enhance their employability

Graduates will have the opportunity to explore STEM within an educational context across different environments. The School prides itself on the employability of its graduates and their long-term resilience of both staying within the sector as well as being promoted to roles of responsibility in a short time frame after graduation. Post course, there are a number of potential progression routes that would be available and have been considered during the course design to ensure their availability and viability: Employment across the STEM sector e.g. Regional STEM programme coordinator for education charity; STEM graduate Teaching Assistant; STEM coordinator; Education officer; Public affairs and campaign manager (STEM promotion); Bid coordinator (corporate responsibility); Education policy advisor; Education and training coordinator.

Employment opportunities within the wider field of education, e.g. community education, charities; teaching in institutions where QTS is not required, e.g. academies, Teach First and international schools. What's more, international opportunities could arise after the international placement.