WHO GOES TO UNIVERSITY?
Often people who liked maths, physics, design and technology and chemistry at school ... But doing engineering at university isn’t just for science and maths boffins - non-scientists and mature students can also join in by doing a year-long foundation course first.
WHAT DO I NEED TO GET IN?
Usually three subjects at A level or equivalent, (for example five Scottish Highers, an advanced GNVQ in engineering or a BTEC qualification - you can get this with a Modern Apprenticeship), but the grades vary a lot between universities. Check out the prospectuses of places you’re interested in for detailed information
WHAT TYPES OF COURSES ARE THERE?
Most degree courses have a mix of compulsory subjects and optional ones in areas you want to specialise in. Courses can cover
Modular degreeslet you have more flexibility in the number of short courses (‘modules’) you mix and match.
MEng(Master of Engineering) is a four-year course which is awarded by some universities as a first degree. The last year is more practical than the first three.
HOW LONG DO COURSES LAST FOR?
Degree coursesare usually three years long, but can take up to five years if they are sandwich courses. This means that there are periods of work experience‘sandwiched’ into the academic parts. If you are lucky you can get sponsorship from a company so that you can work for a salary whilst you are studying. Year in Industry is a scheme where you get to experience a year of engineering before university. It's a good alternative or supplement to a sandwich course
WHERE WILL I WORK AFTERWARDS?
Graduate training schemesYou will be shown how to use your technical university knowledge by your employer. You get to experience different departments and find out where you fit in the best. These are some areas where you might work.
Professional trainingThe Engineering Council co-ordinates institutions which have a register of qualified engineers. If you meet their standards, and pass the training and assessment, you can be registered as an incorporated or a chartered engineer.
Postgraduate studyAcademic types might want to get a second degree to specialise in a particular area.