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Returning to STEM
Returning to STEM

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Returning to STEM


Welcome to the free badged course Returning to STEM. This course is here to help you get back to work in science, technology, engineering or mathematics, and is intended for anyone who wants to get back into STEM work after having a break, whether to care for family or because of redundancy or other reasons.

The course lasts 8 weeks, with approximately 3 hours’ study time each week. You can work through the course at your own pace, so if you have more time one week there is no problem with pushing on to complete another week’s study.

Each week will include reading, videos and activities. Some will be individual activities in which you will spend time thinking about your own life and experiences, researching a topic or finding information online.

There are also several points in the course where you will need to either reflect on your experience or write other notes. It’s up to you how you keep your notes; for example, online or using a notebook of some sort.

Every week ends with an interactive quizzes, of which Weeks 4 and 8 will provide you with an opportunity to earn a badge to demonstrate your new skills. You can read more on how to study the course and about badges in the next sections.

Find out more about studying with The Open University by visiting our online prospectus [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .