Linking STEM curriculum learning to careers (upgraded access) NE712 / D19

Start date
2 Mar 20
4 Weeks
Online Course


Online course with upgraded access and digital certificate on completion. Enhance your role as a STEM (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) subject teacher by linking curriculum learning to careers. Through weekly tasks, you will identify how to adapt your STEM curriculum, engaging your students in careers linked to their classroom learning. Learn from experienced educators who have adapted their teaching, worked with employers and collaborated with local STEM Ambassadors to create a careers-linked curriculum that both engages and inspires students within the STEM subjects.

Upgraded access

Upgraded access provides you with a digital certificate on completion and no time limit to access to the course content, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn. Purchasing upgraded access through STEM Learning is cheaper than the standard upgrade on FutureLearn and is only available prior to the course start date. With an upgrade, you will be eligible for recognition of your professional development with STEM Certificates. These terms and conditions apply.

Free access to this course is available here, but is time-limited and does not include a STEM Certificate.

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“We are really pleased to see the development of this course, which helps teachers of STEM subjects embed careers guidance within the curriculum. Supporting teachers in this way will help schools and colleges as they work towards the eight Gatsby Benchmarks and provide excellent career guidance to all their students.” - Beth Jones, Careers Programme Manager, Gatsby Foundation

Who is it for?

This course has been designed for both secondary teachers and further education lecturers in STEM subjects, with case studies and specific activities for each sector. This is not a careers leadership course, though careers leaders may wish to use this course to provide support for teachers in their school, college or MAT.

What topics are covered?

This four week course covers:

  • approaches for reviewing current practice, understanding your students’ careers need and planning a STEM careers learning journey
  • adapting your teaching with careers resources to motivate and inspire your students
  • engaging with local employers to both raise your students’ aspirations and develop your knowledge about STEM careers
  • the wider context of your school or college and the Gatsby Careers Benchmarks

This course takes around three hours per week to complete. You can choose when and where to participate, studying around your work and life commitments. You are supported and encouraged to discuss your ideas with fellow teachers, try out activities, apply concepts to your teaching context and reflect on your practice. You will have access to high-quality resources, including classroom footage and guidance from experienced teachers and careers experts.

Who are the course leaders?

This course is led by Gemma Taylor, Design & Technology CPD Lead and Careers Lead at the National STEM Learning Centre. It was written in collaboration with Neil Willis, from the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, and Gerard Liston, Enterprise and Employability Consultant.

We have expert contributions from Sir John Holman, author of the Gatsby Good Careers Guidance Report, who also provides an overview of Gatsby Careers Benchmark 4 which this course supports.


You will be able to:

  • engage students through linking STEM curriculum learning with careers, providing a real-life understanding of your subject and its relevance in future career paths
  • create meaningful encounters for students with employers, linked to the teaching of your STEM subject
  • improve your curriculum content by applying a STEM careers learning journey approach
  • evaluate the impact of linking curriculum learning to careers
  • contribute to discussions about careers education in your school or college


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Fee-paying school or college (independent)Activity fee£15.00 +VAT
State-funded school or collegeActivity fee£15.00 +VAT

Participants from outside the UK will be charged the course fee and an additional £120 per day plus VAT.

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Additional information

For courses at the National STEM Learning Centre in York, fees include meals and accommodation for the duration of the course. 


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