A-level choices for Engineer Watch

Its Andy
Badges: 2
Rep:
?
#1
Report Thread starter 5 years ago
#1
I'm currently picking my A-level subjects and I want to study Aeronautical engineering at a top uni. I was wondering what A-level subjects would be best and at the moment I'm thinking;
Maths (Definitely)
Physics (Definitely)
History (An essay subject to show how broad my skill set is)
Chemistry (?)

Are these A-levels fine, or should I drop Chemistry for further maths? How much do universities value further maths? Any help is appreciated
0
quote
reply
DJMayes
Badges: 16
Rep:
?
#2
Report 5 years ago
#2
Drop History for Further Maths. Engineering courses don't care how broad your skillset is, they want you to excel in a specific set of subjects - I believe Further Maths is mandatory for some Engineering courses.
3
quote
reply
S1L3NTPR3Y
Badges: 13
Rep:
?
#3
Report 5 years ago
#3
I do those exact A-levels and currently hold 5 offers for engineering so in short they are fine. Further maths is useful though (its recapped in the first year of engineering) and for a handful of courses preferred/required (Oxbridge/Imperial). If you don't want to go to those two just do maths, physics and the subject you like the most/will do best in (FM would be the best choice, but history or chemistry is fine)
0
quote
reply
Its Andy
Badges: 2
Rep:
?
#4
Report Thread starter 5 years ago
#4
Thank you for both replies! I'll think about dropping History for FM
0
quote
reply
SillyEddy
Badges: 18
Rep:
?
#5
Report 5 years ago
#5
I do mechanical engineering, but you'll find that most courses in a forum will do the same modules. I share classes with those doing aerospace technology, automotive engineering and motorsport engineering. Hence, these skills will generally be quite broad to start with.

First and foremost... Getting as much maths as possible would be an awesome starting point.

Add physics as many universities will ask for it, and all will appreciate that you have it. Many of the first year things I did were along the lines of A-level mechanics learnt in physics.


Electronics would be advisable too - One of my modules is electrical science and this directly leads into control systems for year 2 mechanical engineering. Other "mechanical" related disciplines will do very similar modules.

Product Design Technology has actually worked wonders. I have a class called "design" and it is essentially what we did in design tech. The hands on experience of working with tools and machinery (as well as CAD/CAM) has been very useful.



It would also be sensible to check with the universities to see what they like. In my experience though (I did A-levels in the above, except for an AS in maths with mechanics), these subjects have proven to be applicable. I use most of those skills on a weekly basis and many on a daily basis. The maths stuff will be the most crucial though, but the other subjects will really help to seal together the theory to the practical side.
1
quote
reply
X

Quick Reply

Attached files
Write a reply...
Reply
new posts
Latest
My Feed

See more of what you like on
The Student Room

You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

Personalise

University open days

  • University of Lincoln
    Mini Open Day at the Brayford Campus Undergraduate
    Wed, 19 Dec '18
  • University of East Anglia
    UEA Mini Open Day Undergraduate
    Fri, 4 Jan '19
  • Bournemouth University
    Undergraduate Mini Open Day Undergraduate
    Wed, 9 Jan '19

Were you ever put in isolation at school?

Yes (199)
27.64%
No (521)
72.36%

Watched Threads

View All