(X-Post Imperial) Dropping out of uni to apply for Engineering question!

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I hold an unconditional offer to study English next year in London.


I feel I regret not doing Science subjects at A level, since that is where my interests lay in GCSE. Especially in Aerospace. If I fully apply myself, is it in the realm of possibility to drop out and apply for Aeronautical Engineering?


Would it be possible for me to privately take AS Maths, and AS Physics Edexcel in June, and work solidly over these next 2 months. (I did Maths Studies at IB, but could have done Maths SL), then Take Maths A2, Physics A2, Maths A2 and further maths AS at the end of my first year doing English?

If I got A*s, I'd start English Year 2 and do Further Maths A2 and maybe Computing AS over the year and drop out if I got an offer. If I got 3 A*s, do you think I (I'd be 21 at the time of application and 22 when I'd start the course.) Imperial would look at my application knowing I was dropping out of an English degree but had the relevant A levels. I'd also be doing relevant work experience in holidays.

If I got an offer, I'd drop out, pay off my 2nd year on direct debit, and use my remaining 4 years of SAAS to do the Aeronautical Engineering course.


Is this possible, or would Imperial look at my academic past and age, and think I was not fit for the program?

The retakes should be possible right? I have found private centres near where I live in Scotland (Merchiston) for the Maths AS and Physics AS, and I would do the rest in London while doing English at uni.


I managed to get through C1 in a couple of days and am doing M1 and C2 currently to see if I'm capable. If I managed to do M1 and C2 in a week, then I'd move on to Phyics Unit 1 and then U2 and the case study.


I would appreciate someone who knew Imperial well to advise me or tell whether or not it is feasible.





EDIT: My long term aspirations would be doing a masters in Advanced Aeronautics, and specialising in a field like Fluid Dynamics or maybe Structures, both areas I have read into as a layman. I am inspired a lot by companies like Space X, who (while I would never be able to work for as a non American- citizen) I find incredible and enjoy the idea of working with CAD to design and help develop incredible things. I believe if I apply myself, I am capable. I got a 40 at IB before taking a year out and I have discovered my enjoyment of engineering related fields through reading and experience).
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how much do you actually know about engineering? You have to be realistic in your goals
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how much do you actually know about engineering? You have to be realistic in your goals
I know that is application of Mechanics and in some cases pure mathematics in order to solve problems related to manufacturing and design of structures, vehicles and other tools for humans.


I know that knowledge learned in areas like propulsion, fluid dynamics and aerodynamics would give me the knowledge necessary to help design engines and propulsion systems using CAD software and give me the skills to analyse the manufacturing procedure if I chose to be less design orientated. I know that areas in structural engineering, mechanics and materials would aid me if I chose to specialise in areas related to launch site structures.


I am aware the hours are long, and work is very intense, with desk based CAD work being high pressure, and manufacturing being practical and trial and error heavy.
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I am aware the hours are long, and work is very intense, with desk based CAD work being high pressure, and manufacturing being practical and trial and error heavy.
Just be aware that the course is very theoretical...(which means lots of physics lots of maths).

A lot of people have the misconception that you're going to be learning to design stuff all the time (i.e. hands on stuff) when in reality you will be doing very little of this.
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