Engineering - Entry Requirements
Students whose college or school is able to offer further mathematics, they are firmly encouraged to study. In case it is not available or students have recognized its desirability too late, the department advises students to do additional pure mechanics and mathematics, for example, taking further mathematics AS level or stand-alone modules.
Students may also consider taking STEP Mathematics, some of the colleges can take this a compulsory part of a conditional offer. Almost all colleges excluding Trinity College welcome applications from students who wish to take 'A' level mathematics and an apt vocational qualification in an engineering discipline. The latter may be:
- BTEC Foundation Degree
- BTEC National Diploma
- Double Award Advanced VCE
- BTEC Higher National Diploma
Applicants are expected to obtain the highest possible grades in 'A' level mathematics and one of these qualifications. Applicants who wish to take Single Award Applied 'A' level in Engineering ought to be taking 'A' levels in physics and mathematics to be qualified for the course.
The advanced diplomas in manufacturing, engineering and product design to be accepted for engineering as long as students have taken 'A' level physics and the level three certificate in mathematics for engineering within the added specialist learning component. Offers are based upon performance in the three parts of the diploma:
- Extended Project
- Principal Learning Units
- Additional Specialist Learning
Applicants ought to note that projects and topics that consist of strong component of analysis and the proper application of mathematics to engineering problems. This provides a fine preparation for the course than the application of design rules and the demonstration of technical manufacturing skills on their own.
Students are advised to refer universities website for the preferences and views of individual colleges pertained to academic requirements for admission to engineering. They are also suggested to visit college websites for college specific requirements.
Students have an excellent opportunity to study abroad and develop a worldwide perspective that is invaluable. Approximately ten percent Cambridge students have opportunity to spend their third year abroad where they study at a well-known university in the world. The department has established exchange schemes with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Ecole Centrale Paris. It is expected to start another association with the National University of Singapore in near future.
Students may go for Chemical Engineering at the end of the first year. They also transfer to Manufacturing Engineering or Management Studies. However, they need to complete engineering part first before applying for the above courses.
Excellent Career Prospects
Upon completing the four years, students shall graduate with the BA and MEng degree. Some of the students leave the course after completing three years and graduate with the BA Hons degree. The structure and style of the course provide students a unique head start comparing to other graduates. Upon completing the engineering course, students get into various fields. They may get employment in government sectors, private companies and many other fields.