Parents FAQ


Answers to some common questions

If you’ve got a question about how our Ignition and Momentum events work, you might find the answers you’re looking for here.

Contact Us


What sort of activities will they take part in?+

All our courses are being delivered live by academics, our education team or industry experts. This will include a mix of interactive sessions and practical activities. Where possible students will work in virtual teams to build communication and leadership skills.

What equipment is needed?+

This varies by course, so please see the specific course page for more 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.

As the programmes will be delivered virtually there is sometimes a requirement about the spec of the computer. 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 our multi-day virtual courses. This is made possible by our partners and the funding from our founder Dr. Cosby Smallpeice.

Each course requires a team to design, develop and deliver the programme, with COVID-19 meaning we’ve needed to adapt to online delivery. Safeguarding our online activities is as important as our face to face activity, with supervisors on every course.

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 An offer may be withdrawn if no payment is received.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 [email protected].

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 be considered we would expect one of the following criteria to be met:

  • Current home postcode falls within the lowest 20 per cent of the Index of Multiple Deprivation (Check postcode), or a member of a travelling family.
  • Living or grew up in Local Authority care
  • Are a Young Carer
  • Student is eligible for Free Schools Meals (we will require evidence of eligibility)

If you meet the above criteria, please contact our event administration team on [email protected] to provide evidence of eligibility and let them know which course you would like to apply for a funded place on.

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

What is the impact of COVID-19?+

We took the decision to move all our courses online this year to make sure they could go ahead. We’ve looked to replicate the experience of our popular residential course programme:

  • Practical hands on experiences
  • Work in virtual teams and meet others with shared interests
  • A chance to learn live from leading academics
  • Have questions answered by industry experts
  • Learn new skills and be inspired for what the future could hold

How do you manage online safety?+

Safeguarding our online activities is as important as our face to face activity. Many of our safeguards are the same and are described on our overarching safety for all page but there are some things 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.

Who is eligible to apply to attend?+

We can only accept UK based applications or those from the British Forces stationed overseas for our virtual courses, due to postage restrictions and the purpose of our charity. Please see course pages for eligibility for specific courses as our partners will sometimes be keen to support specific groups. This reflects our status as a charity and offering free or subsidised places.

What is the gender split on courses?+

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

Most engineers are currently male and given the vital role of engineering, it is important it represents the population to create solutions for all. One of our priorities is to help increase the number of girls that consider engineering as a career, which requires more active promotion and engagement.

What if I have more questions?+

Feel free to get in touch with us on 01926 333 200 or at [email protected] and we’ll be happy to answer any of your questions.

Keep Informed

Subscribe to our newsletter for the latest course dates and details

Who Are You?

Year Group


Areas of Interest


*Mandatory field