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    Long story short mechanical engineering has always been my ambition. I took physics and maths for AS, but ended up dropping physics early on the course due to difficulty, and achieved C grade in AS maths and dropped it due to higher grades in other subjects for A2. Now I can't see myself doing another degree and really want to pursue mechanical engineering via a foundation course. But my question is am I capable? Has anyone been in my situation and successfully completed a mechanical engineering degree? Obviously this would require extreme amounts of hard work or should I pursue a different career?
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    (Original post by Lee2592)
    Long story short mechanical engineering has always been my ambition. I took physics and maths for AS, but ended up dropping physics early on the course due to difficulty, and achieved C grade in AS maths and dropped it due to higher grades in other subjects for A2. Now I can't see myself doing another degree and really want to pursue mechanical engineering via a foundation course. But my question is am I capable? Has anyone been in my situation and successfully completed a mechanical engineering degree? Obviously this would require extreme amounts of hard work or should I pursue a different career?
    I am going to attempt this same route and I haven't studied maths or physics past GCSE level .
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    (Original post by Félix_x)
    I am going to attempt this same route and I haven't studied maths or physics past GCSE level .
    Good to know i'm not the only one around here. What unis are you thinking of applying to?
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    You may or may not, more probably may, have a hard time finding a decent university, and if you do, you might have a relatively hard time keeping up with the maths since engineering involves maths (and even more importantly further maths) as well as a large amount of physics, especially with mechanical engineering. It would be good if you have an A level that involves some sort of maths, like economics, chemistry, or even accounting etc. etc.

    But I'm not sure, I'm only just about to send in my application, so you don't really have to listen to any of what I just said
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    (Original post by Lee2592)
    Good to know i'm not the only one around here. What unis are you thinking of applying to?
    Hey, I'm applying to:

    Sussex
    Loughborough
    Aston
    Brighton
    Oxford Brookes

    I emailed all of them beforehand to make sure my grades were acceptable to foundation entry as the only science subject I took was biology.

    Another point, my uncle was absolutely awful at maths when he was younger and didn't even have good enough grades for university. He quit his job and with a little determination took a ONC (as it was called in the day, like a 1 year access course) and he is now a civil engineer, running his own consultancy !
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    u should not have droppped maths and physics u should have relished the challenge thats what mech eng is all about other than that may b e foundation degree but slim chance as 4 foundation degree u need maths and physics but at low grades
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    If you found AS Level maths and physics difficult, I'm pretty sure you'll struggle doing an Engineering Degree.

    I got As in Physics and Maths at A Level, there's a pretty big difficulty step in Maths from AS to Alevel, and again there was a big step to stuff done at university, and at university you have to mainly teach yourself unlike at school.
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    What I would say is that it's a very generic course that covers a LOT of things. Most people I know doing it are very clever, or have no idea what they want to specialise in. There's the obvious mechanics that you expect and cover in the A level maths M modules, but there's a heavy overlap with aeronautics/fluid mechanics that people don't really meet until uni. So a lot of things on thermodynamics, heat transfer, entropy, engines, cycles... just a heads up if you hate the heat and work side of physics (which, to be fair, you don't really get any exposure to in A level physics other than gas laws and basic calorimetry).
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    (Original post by Lee2592)
    Long story short mechanical engineering has always been my ambition. I took physics and maths for AS, but ended up dropping physics early on the course due to difficulty, and achieved C grade in AS maths and dropped it due to higher grades in other subjects for A2. Now I can't see myself doing another degree and really want to pursue mechanical engineering via a foundation course. But my question is am I capable? Has anyone been in my situation and successfully completed a mechanical engineering degree? Obviously this would require extreme amounts of hard work or should I pursue a different career?
    If you found Maths/Physics at A-level that difficult, Mechanical Engineering is going to prove really tough to get through since you'll be using lots of those concepts but in much more advanced contexts.

    However, there are alternative vocational routes into an engineering career you could look into I guess.
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    (Original post by innerhollow)
    If you found Maths/Physics at A-level that difficult, Mechanical Engineering is going to prove really tough to get through since you'll be using lots of those concepts but in much more advanced contexts.

    However, there are alternative vocational routes into an engineering career you could look into I guess.
    I wouldn't say I actually found the maths that difficult just that I really didn't work hard in year 12 and spent most of the lesson talking rather than listening, I only dropped it due to much higher grades in other subjects. Physics i'll admit I did find hard but again I didn't work as hard as I could have and really didn't get along with the teacher.

    If I'm spending all my work time on these two subjects, as you would in a foundation course, maybe i'd be okay with a lot of determination and hard work.

    I just don't want to start the course and have to drop out, and on the other side of the spectrum I don't want to be thinking what if? for the rest of my life, if I don't do the course.
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    Engineering is becoming more and more of a solely graduate profession nowadays. I'm not really confident in saying that the vocational route will really take you to the same place as someone who did the degree, albeit after a longer time. The ECUK recently raised the barrier for chartership to masters level knowledge. Companies - certainly oil and gas ones anyway - are becoming more and more interested in graduates rather than apprentices or college folks for some of the roles they're looking to fill. Hell, my course just received a big injection of HND students looking to top up to a degree. To me this is evidence that the window for vocational routes into professional engineering is shrinking.
 
 
 
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