Applying science

Ten video case studies that have been designed to be used to set a context for lessons and illustrate a range of routes and technician level roles that use science and maths.

Many influential organisations such as the CBI have highlighted a worrying shortage of technician level skills which are important for the UK economy. This set of resources has been funded by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation to help raise awareness of the associated STEM training routes and roles. Read more about the UK’s Skills Needs here.

The examples featured here are young college students and apprentices who talk about their area of study or work and have a clear career route in mind.

Each video is accompanied by materials for use with 14-16 year olds including a list of relevant curriculum topics and links to related practical lesson plans from sites run by the Institute of Physics, Royal Society of Chemistry and Society of Biology.

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  • Animal care

    Laura has always loved animals, so after her GCSE’s she started at Bicton College, initially completing a First…

  • Electrical installation

    Jenna is doing an Apprenticeship in Electrical Installation at Exeter College. She needed a C grade in GCSE…

  • Electronic engineering

    Thomas came from Angola to study Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Exeter College. He hopes to use the…

  • Horticulture

    Jon is doing a First Diploma in Horticulture at Bicton College. Jon chose this course because it allows…

  • Land based technology

    This clip shows Ashley learning to maintain farm equipment and how to rebuild an engine. Ashley has found…

  • Optics

    City and Islington College offer courses on Optics including Ophthalmic Dispensing which provides a great foundation to progression…

  • Plumbing

    Ian is doing an Apprenticeship in Plumbing at City College Plymouth which he started after completing his GCSE’s.…

  • Service engineering

    Paul is doing an Apprenticeship in Service Engineering at Bicton College, initially a two year course for an…

  • Sports science

    This clip shows Anthony measuring blood pressure and fitness levels. Anthony enjoys sports and fitness and hopes to…

  • Vehicle maintenance

    Gemma is doing a Motor Vehicle Maintenance Apprenticeship at Exeter College, spending one day a week in college…