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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When will the courses take place?+

Our core engineering courses will launch in November 2021, with courses taking place during Easter and summer 2022. The CyberFirst programme of events will launch in April 2022, with courses taking place in summer 2022.

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What sort of activities will students do?+

Since the pandemic struck, we have run a mixture of online and in-person residential courses. In 2022, our course programme will again be comprised of a mix of these two types of course.

Whether online or in-person, all our courses are delivered by a combination of leading academics, our specialist Education Team and/or industry experts. Each course includes both interactive sessions and practical activities. Students will work in teams to build communication, teamwork, and leadership skills.

Are there any fully funded places available?+

As a charity we want our courses to be accessible to all, so we have a small number of fully funded places available on our paid courses. To qualify, students must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Current home postcode sits in the lowest 20% of the Index of Multiple Deprivation. (check your postcode here).
  • Member of a travelling family
  • Living or raised in Local Authority care
  • Young Carer
  • Eligible for Free Schools Meals (we will require evidence of eligibility)

If you meet the above criteria, please contact our event administration team on info@smallpeicetrust.org.uk to provide evidence of eligibility and tell them which course you would like to apply for a funded place on.

We also have a small number of places sponsored by organisations who set their own eligibility criteria. See the news section for more details.

When course do I apply for if I'm in between school years?+

We ask that you refer to the specific course page for details. However, we generally work to the rule that if you have just finished one school year but are yet to start another, the year you have just finished dictates the courses you can apply for. So, if you finished Year 10 in July and wanted to attend a course in August before starting Year 11, you could only join a Year 10 course.

What equipment is needed?+

This varies by course, so please refer to the specific course page for details. In general, if specific kit is required for a project, we’ll post this to you at home. We will flag any other basic household items that may be needed as part of the joining instructions.

For those programmes that are running online, there are sometimes specific requirements about the spec of the computer you are using. Access to a PC or laptop and a webcam are the standard requirements. Again, please see individual course pages for details.

How much does it cost?+

We have set a flat, subsidised student fee of £200 for multi-day virtual courses. This is made possible by our partners and legacy funding from our benefactor Dr. Cosby Smallpeice. You can read more about the continued positive impact of his generosity here.

When is payment required?+

Unless otherwise stated, your payment is required within two weeks of receiving our invoice. An offer may be withdrawn if no payment is received. Cancellation of a course will result in a full refund.

Can I spread the cost?+

In some circumstances, we can spread the cost of the course fee over an agreed timeframe. If immediate payment is an issue, you may be able to work out an agreed payment plan by contacting our event administration team on info@smallpeicetrust.org.uk.

What is the impact of COVID-19?+

When the pandemic first took hold, we moved all courses online to ensure they could go ahead. For 2022, we have now moved back to a mixture of residential, in-person courses and online courses. If you take part in our online versions, you will experience all of the same key elements that exist in our popular residential course programme, including:

  • Hands-on experiences (kit mailed in advance)
  • Working in teams
  • Meeting other young people with shared interests
  • Learning live from leading academics
  • Ask questions of industry experts
  • Learn new skills
  • Be inspired about your future
  • Enhance your UCAS form and CV

How do you manage online safety?+

The charity considers safeguarding our online activities to be just as important as safeguarding our face-to-face activity, with supervisors attending every course. Many of our safeguards are the same online as they are in-person and are described on our overarching safety for all page, but there are some details that are specific to online programmes.

We also rely on parents, our staff and external programme trainers to help us promote a safe and positive online learning environment at all times.

Who is eligible to apply?+

We can only accept UK based applications or those from the British Forces stationed overseas for our virtual courses, due to postage restrictions and our underlying charity purposes.

Please see course pages for eligibility on specific courses, as our partners can be keen to support specific groups. This reflects our status as a charity offering free or subsidised places.

What is the gender split on courses?+

Many of our courses are split 50/50 female and male, with some being 100% female. We actively welcome applications from transgender and non-binary students.

Most engineers are currently male, and one of the charity’s priorities is to increase the number of girls considering engineering as a career, which requires more active promotion and engagement. Engineers plays a crucial role in society, designing solutions to problems that impact all of our lives. Every person brings their own perspective and developing future engineers with diverse backgrounds will help us to build stronger, more creative and more innovative teams of engineers in the future.

What if I have more questions?+

Feel free to get in touch with us on 01926 333 200 or at info@smallpeicetrust.org.uk and we’ll be happy to answer any of your questions.

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