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.
Introduction to STEM themes
The STEM Themes Gap Year programme 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.
As part of the Oxford Gap Year 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.
In addition to core Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics topics, the Gap Year programme encourages creative thinking on various topics related to physics, materials, biology, chemistry, health and environmental sciences such as:
- Designing F1 cars
- Changing the human body through steroids and prosthetics
- Could we colonise another planet?
- Food production and its impact on us and our environment
Why take the programme?
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 programme helps students fulfil their objectives by stimulating their intellectual curiosity and developing their research and critical thinking abilities.