STEM Academy Application

Please fill in our online application form below, alternatively you can download our application form.

STEM Academy Tech City

Personal details

Surname (*)

First Name (*)

Address (*)

Postcode (*)

Email (*)

Title (*)

Gender (*)

Age August 31, 2015 (*)

Telephone (*)

Mobile (*)

Date of Birth (*)

Parent/Guardian details

Contact 1

Full Name (*)

Relationship (*)

Address (*)

Email Address (*)

Title (*)

Phone (*)

Mobile (*)

Postcode (*)

Contact 2

Full Name (*)

Relationship (*)

Address (*)

Email Address (*)

Title (*)

Phone (*)

Mobile (*)

Postcode (*)

School/College details(*)

Current School/College (*)

Address (*)

Headteacher/Principal (*)

Postcode (*)

Qualifications held

Subject Qualification Month/Year of Exam Grade
(N.B. please state if grade is Actual (A) or Predicted (P)
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Courses and pathways

STEM Academy offers specialist courses and pathways in each of the STEM subject areas.

Below you should indicate which of the course pathways on offer you would like to apply for. If you are interested in more than one pathway, please indicate your preference by inserting a number next to the option box, as indicated below.

We will discuss your final course subject offer and pathway options at interview

Level 3 Pathways (A-levels and Technical Baccalaureate)

Science Pathways

Complementary Subjects
Academic 1 Biology Physics Chemistry Choose one (or more) of the following complementary subjects:

English Psychology
History Geography French
Science and Society*
World Development*
Academic 2 Biology Chemistry Maths
Academic 3 Biology Physics Maths
Academic 4 Physics Chemistry Maths
Technical 1 BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science^ Core Maths

Technology Pathways

Academic 1 Maths Physics Computer Science
Academic 2 Maths Further Maths Physics
Academic 3 Maths Further Maths Computer Science
Technical 1 BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Information Technology Core Maths
Technical 2 BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Technology* Core Maths

Engineering Pathways

Academic 1 Maths Further Maths Physics
Academic 2 Maths Biology or Chemistry Physics
Academic 3 Maths Design & Technology Physics
Technical 1 BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering Core Maths

Mathematics Pathways

Academic 1 Maths Further Maths Biology
Academic 2 Maths Further Maths Physics
Academic 3 Maths Further Maths Chemistry
Academic 4 Maths Further Maths Economics^
Note 1: All Academic Pathways include the option of AQA Baccalaureate.
Note 2: All Technical Pathways include the option of Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
* These courses are offered subject to demand and may not be available in select academic years.

Please select which pathway you would like to study (you may select more than one pathway, please use the comments box below to state your preference: (*)

Science pathways

Technology pathways

Engineering pathways

Mathematics pathways


Level 2 Pathways (Foundation for Progression)

Option 1 English Maths History or Geography Biology, Chemistry & Physics Modern Language** Workskills OR Sports Leadership Award
Option 2 English Maths History or Geography Computer Science, Chemistry & Physics Modern Language** Workskills OR Sports Leadership Award
Option 3 English Maths History or Geography Computer Science, Biology & Physics Modern Language** Workskills OR Sports Leadership Award

N.B. Please note, you may be able to claim exemption(s) from certain subject(s) where you have already achieved a Grade C or higher at GCSE (or equivalent).

**Likely French, Spanish or German. Other languages may be offered subject to demand/availability.

Please select a Level 2 pathway which you would like to study, using the chart above:

If you are applying for Level 3, please confirm your top three options in order of preference (see example below):


  • Option 1: Science Pathway Academic 1
  • Option 2: Engineering Pathway Academic 3
  • Option 3: Science Pathway Technical 1

Pathway option 1

Complementary subject/s:

Pathway option 2:

Complementary subject/s:

Pathway option 3:

Complementary subject/s:

Career First Academy

Career First Academy offers students a wide variety of employment-related activities and opportunities to enhance and improve the employment-readiness of its students.

Selected modules in the Career First Programme are compulsory and all STEM Academy students will be expected to participate in these activities. Other modules are optional and these are subject to individual choice and interest.


(please indicate your interest for all the optional activities you are interested in)

Work experience and placements(*) Work placement opportunities Y
ICT/Office Skills(*) Microsoft Office
Google Docs
Email and internet basics
Industry speakers and master-classes(*) Speakers for schools
Industry and guest speakers
STEM Master-classes
Outings and events(*) Exhibitions and events
Employer/Industry visits
Museums, universities and places of interest
Professional skills and qualifications(*) Short courses leading to professional qualifications (e.g. Cisco, Python, AAT etc.)
Professional skills (e.g. Project Management)
Employability and employment readiness skills(*) Career coaching and profiling
Job search skills
CV and application skills
Interview preparation and performance skills
Mock interviews
Employment rights and responsibilities
Employability skills (including: communication and presentation skills, organisation and time management skills, teamwork, leadership skills etc.)
Enterprise skills(*) Enterprise awareness
Entrepreneurial skills and aptitudes
Access to finance
Business support sources and resources
Responding to tenders and business opportunities
Business start-up basics:

• Business planning
• Tax and self-assessment
• Finance and accounts
• Principles of marketing
• Premises and location
• Branding, networking and PR
• Employing staff and contractors
• Legal basics


Clubs and societies

STEM Academy offers a wide range of extracurricular activities and provision. To assist us in planning our activities for the year ahead please provide details of which clubs or activities you are likely to be interested in. (*)

Supporting information

We would like to know a bit more about you and your interests, please provide short responses of 1-2 paragraphs under each of the headings below

How do you think STEM subjects will shape the future? (*)

Why do you want to study STEM? (*)

What Careers or University subjects you are considering for the future? (*)

What are your main hobbies and interests outside school (*)

Have you had any work experience and/or part time employment that would support your application and/or chosen subjects? (*)


We will email or post a reference request form to you upon receipt of your application. Please give this to your tutor for completion. Please provide the name of your tutor for our records.

Name of Tutor (*)

Contact Details (*)

Personal circumstances and support needs

Personal circumstances

1. Are you currently in receipt of, or eligible for free school meals? (*)
 Yes No Not sure Do not wish to say

2. Are you currently in fostering or under the care of a local authority (looked after child)? (*)
 Yes No Not sure Do not wish to say

3. Have you recently left care (looked after child)? (*)
 Yes No Not sure Do not wish to say
If yes, please state the date and circumstances of your leaving care

Support Needs

1. Do you have any disabilities, learning difficulties or other personal matters where you may need support in order to successfully complete your programme of learning at STEM Academy? (*)
 Yes No Not sure Do not wish to say
If yes, please briefly state what additional support needs you may have and what type of support you may require (your requirements will be discussed in more details at your interview

2. Did you require any additional support to assist you in preparing an application? (*)
 Yes No Not sure Do not wish to say
If yes, please set out below what they are and how we might be able to help or discuss or review any issues confidentially?

3. Do you currently have a statement of special educational needs (SEND) or do you receive any support in class or with exams? (please tick box) (*)
 Yes No Not sure Do not wish to say
If you have answered ‘yes’ please describe (e.g. dyslexia) and provide brief details of the support you currently receive

Declaration and signature

I agree to STEM Academy collecting and processing personal data contained on this form for any purpose connected with my application studies or my health and safety. My consent is conditional upon STEM Academy complying with its obligations and duties under the Data Protection Act 1998. I declare the information provided by me on this application form is accurate.

Your Full Name: (*)

Data Protection Act
We will process all data in compliance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998.

Information and referral services

Please help us to improve our information services by telling us how you found out about STEM Academy:

Equal opportunities monitoring

This information is collected to enable STEM Academy Education Trust to monitor the effectiveness of our policies and procedures and comply with legislation. We need accurate data on the composition of our applicants in order to do this.

I would describe myself as: (*)


Gender (*)

Is English your first language? (*)

Have you lived in the UK for the last three years? (*)

Application criteria

Admission numbers

1. STEM Academy Tech City has a full capacity of 432 students. Each year it will admit 216 students into year 12. From September 2016 onwards there will be a total of 432 students studying at STEM Academy Tech City. Where fewer applicants than the published admission numbers for the relevant year group are received, STEM Academy Education Trust will offer places at the STEM Tech City to all those who have applied, subject to students meeting any relevant course-specific entry criteria (if applicable).

2. Details of all course-specific entry criteria can be found in STEM Academy's prospectus; on the Trust website:; or by request:

Applying for a place at STEM Academy

3. STEM Academy operates its own admissions process. The admissions criteria prioritisation for assessing applications is set out below.

4. Applications are made via submission of an application form to STEM Academy.

5. Applicants should apply via STEM Academy’s website, where an electronic application form is provided for this purpose:

6. The application form captures information in relation to the courses that a student may wish to undertake, as well, as relevant data required for the purposes of assessing the oversubscription criteria (as set out below).

Oversubscription criteria

7. When STEM Academy is oversubscribed, after the admission of students with an Education, Health and Care plan or statement of special educational needs naming STEM Academy, priority for admission will be given to students who meet the criteria set out below, in priority order:
a) Looked after children/young people and children/young people who were previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to adoption, a child arrangements order, or special guardianship order;
b) Students who were entitled to free school meals in the school year preceding their application to STEM Academy (students should complete the Free School Meals section on STEM Academy’s application form);
c) Tie-break: - where needed, a tie break will be applied based on applicants' proximity to the Academy. Proximity is measured as the straight line distance from the Academy’s main reception to the front door of the student’s primary residence . This ‘straight line distance’ will be determined using an appropriate software package which will be used consistently for all such applications. Where two dwellings with the same front entrance are located on different floors of the same building, a lower floor will be regarded as being closer to the Academy than any above it. Where two or more dwellings with the same front entrance are located on the same floor of the same building, the closest dwelling to the front door, counting clockwise, will be regarded as being closer to the Academy than any subsequent dwelling counted clockwise.

Late applications

8. The published deadline for submission of completed applications is 31st March 2015 for admission to STEM Academy in September 2015. Any applications received after this date will be designated as late applications.

9. Late applications will be considered after those received on time. Late applicants should be aware courses may not be available in their preferred subject(s). If, following consideration of all applicants STEM Academy is oversubscribed, students may request to be placed on STEM Academy's waiting list.

Waiting lists

10. STEM Academy will operate a waiting list for each year group. Where in any year STEM Academy receives more applications for places than there are places available, a waiting list will operate until the end of the academic year. This will be maintained by STEM Academy Education Trust and will be open for any eligible student to request to be placed on the waiting list, following an unsuccessful application.

11. Student’s position on the waiting list will be determined solely in accordance with the oversubscription criteria. For avoidance of doubt, where places become vacant they will be allocated to students on the waiting list in accordance with the oversubscription criteria.


12. All applicants refused a place have a right of appeal to an independent appeal panel constituted and operated in accordance with the School Admission Appeals Code.

13. Appellants should contact the clerk to the Governors no later than 3 weeks after decision is made. information on how to appeal. Information on the timetable for the appeals process is on our website at


14. This policy will be reviewed on an annual basis. The next review will be completed by 31 July 2015.