Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Themes


Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Themes Gap Year Course

The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Themes Gap Year programme strengthens students’ knowledge and encourages them to further explore topics through individual extended project work.

Start dates*: January, March and September Location: Yarnton Manor, Oxford
Duration: 1 term (10 weeks) Price: £13,995
This course is ideal for: 17s – 19s English requirement: IELTS 5.5 (it is not compulsory to have taken an English test)

*Availability subject to a minimum of 4 students enrolling per term

Introduction to STEM themes

The STEM Themes Gap Year Course  is ideal for students willing to challenge their existing knowledge and to develop their quantitative and research skills in preparation for a university degree or a work placement. Small core classes led by experienced teachers enable students to ascertain their understanding of the topics covered, while a selection of elective classes helps them develop new competencies. Students are also encouraged to think creatively to tackle topical issues.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the programme, students will:

  • Have extended their knowledge and understanding of STEM Themes;
  • Been introduced to new and cutting-edge ideas which they might not otherwise encounter;
  • Have developed their quantitative, analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • Be more confident in group discussion and public speaking.


STEM Gap Year Course

Topics Covered

Topics covered in core classes may include:

  • Physics: Mechanics; Relativity; Forces and their effects; Motion: displacement, velocity and acceleration; Graphs; Energy; Light Waves and Sound Waves
  • Chemistry: Atoms, molecules, elements, mixture and compounds; Types of bonding and chemical equations; Acids, bases and rates of reaction
  • Biology: Hormones, blood sugar and diabetes; Immune system and vaccines; DNA; Brain and nervous system; Genetic Engineering and Cloning
  • Computer Science: Programming languages, Object oriented programming; Computer algorithms; Software testing
  • Engineering: Concepts of stress and strain; Introduction to structural features; Mechanical engineering; Electrical engineering; Thermodynamics; Sustainable engineering; Bioengineering
  • Mathematics: Number systems; Linear equations; Simultaneous equations; Logic; Function notation; Quadratic equations; Geometry; Probability and data analysis

The Extended Project

As part of the programme, students have the opportunity to fully explore their chosen topic through an individual extended project. Students attend workshops and tutorials with expert teachers to guide them. The extended project can take different forms depending on the chosen topic; an essay or an experiment for example; and concludes with an oral presentation.

Topics may include:

  • How does innovation challenge the frontier between reality and virtuality?
  • Does the human mind compete or collaborate with artificial intelligence?
  • How do self-driving cars operate?


Why take the STEM Themes Course?

The relevance and the importance of STEM subjects in every student’s education are increasingly acknowledged. Constant developments in science and technology have emphasized the need for data analysis, modelling and interpretation, as well as problem-solving skills to get ahead in the current and future job market. Many university degrees already require applicants to demonstrate strong quantitative or analytical skills. The STEM Themes Gap Year Course helps students fulfil their objectives by stimulating their intellectual curiosity and developing their research and critical thinking abilities.

Register Your Interest

Gap Year Programme interest form
  • Please specify your course(s) of interest