Technical Award STEM

About the course

STEM covers the multidiscipline of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. This Level 2 Technical Award (studied in Years 10 and 11) shows how these are integrated and looks at STEM industries. Studying this award will give you a variety of transferable technical skills, including application of iterative processes, prototype design and manufacture and scientific enquiries. You will also explore analysis and evaluation, end-user requirements, mathematical principles and the theory of deconstruction to reconstruct.

Overview of units

STEM in industry:

  • You will research and investigate the use of STEM in one of five key industries: construction, communication, security, health or transport

Creating a STEM product or service:

  • You will be required to work with a partner to identify a problem and work towards solving it

Fundamentals of STEM:

  • The circular economy model
  • What makes an Industry STEM

Understand the STEM skills involved in four practicals:

  • Science – the sunscreen practical
  • Technology – the battery practical
  • Engineering – the Geodesic domes practical
  • Maths – the drones practical

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for students starting this course.


You will be assessed through two pieces of coursework and a written exam (1 hour and 30 minutes), a paper which includes a mixture of multiple choice and longer questions.

Where you can go next

This course is the ideal foundation for post-16 study in any of UTC Plymouth’s science, technology, engineering or maths subjects. This can lead to higher study, apprenticeships or employment in a wide variety of subjects and industries.

Information from the examination body

Full details of this course can be found at the AQA website.

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