What is STEM?
All over the world employers, teachers, and students are beginning to really understand the importance of STEM skills. Why?
Because the world continues to become more and more technologically driven.
More people are using computers, more processes are being mechanised, and more products are being based on intelligent, intuitive systems.Find a course today!
The world needs technologists and engineers with good STEM skills
It's hard to think of anything in our day-to-day lives that doesn't now make use of technology and technological products:
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- Your TV Box and all of the services coming into your home via broadband
- Your supermarket receipt, and vouchers that know what you usually buy
- Products designed just for you – like personalised trainers
All of our STEM courses are designed to give you the skills you need to take your next step
Life Sciences is a hugely diverse and exciting global industry, employing around 32,000 people across 600+ organisations in Scotland, with a turnover in excess of £3.1bn per year.
The industry has been identified as a key sector by the Scottish Government, with the potential to become a significant contributor to Scotland’s economic growth.
As a result, there is now a very real need to develop skilled people with both the technical knowledge and practical experience required to join this highly specialised workforce.
Engineering and EnergyIn this growing sector, you will be at the forefront of first-class training and development.
With a wide range of subjects available, from introductory level through to degrees, you’ll come out with a highly marketable set of skills.
There is currently a shortage of engineers with practical skills and our courses are designed to give you the skills needed to progress into a range of engineering disciplines including the energy sector, onshore and offshore renewables, and general engineering, automotive, and manufacturing.
Computing/Digital TechnologiesOur courses have been designed to ensure that you leave college with the skills and practical knowledge you will need to be successful in this growing sector.
There is a huge demand for digital skills, with an estimated 12,800 new entrants required every year in Scotland to meet the demand in this dynamic sector.
So if you have the desire to work in an environment where no two days are the same, and the creativity to join the 90,000 people currently working in digital technology roles in Scotland, now's the time!
The Built Environment
If your ambition is to build a career in construction, we can offer you a good solid foundation in whichever area interests you, including craft, technician, and management levels.
All of our courses are industry approved and offer varied career opportunities at every level, from introductory courses through to degree level.
We deliver courses in subjects ranging from plumbing and bricklaying, to 3D interior design and civil engineering.
Mathematics is very important when seeking employment or when applying to Further or Higher Education.
We offer National 4, National 5, and Higher Maths for evening study. All of our classes are suited to those who want to combine work or other daytime commitments with part-time study.
If you have enthusiasm and some previous experience of the subject, you could gain a useful qualification that could help you progress in your career.
What do I do next?Each of our subject area pages has loads of information on the industry and possible careers that you could enter after you finish your studies.
Details on the courses we offer within each subject area include:
- A summary of what you will study
- What level you will be studying at
- Duration and attendance details
- Entry requirements
- Possible progression routes
- Career options
- Online application instructions
No matter what stage of your education you're at, there is a way that you can get involved with STEM subjects.
Why wait? Get involved with STEM subjects at high school
You have the chance to develop practical STEM skills before you leave high school.
There are many various paths through STEM development that are open to you, both at high school and beyond.
Explore the college courses you can take while still at school.find a course today!
Build on your knowledge at college - whatever level you're at
No matter your level, there is a path into STEM subjects that will suit your needs.
It doesn't matter whether you have no qualifications, Nationals, or Highers.
At Fife College, we have a wide range of progression options available at each of the different stages of your journey.
Your STEM journey - the study path best suited to you and your needs
Remember - you can stop studying at any stage, or even stop for a few years and start again when your career needs you to.
You can study with us part-time and continue to gain meaningful and vocationally focused qualifications.
Questions? We're here to help!
STEM industries in Fife include:
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- Advanced manufacturing
- Heavy engineering (including bridge and ship-building)
- Energy, especially renewables engineering
- Scientific technologies (including hospitals, labs, and research, as well as development, nursing, and other health posts)
- Engineering maintenance
Our STEM partners include:
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- Fife Council
- NHS Fife
- Police Scotland
- Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
- Fife Voluntary Action
- Scottish Enterprise
- Skills Development Scotland
- University of St Andrews
- The Scottish Government