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Hi, I'm just wondering what A levels should I be looking to take if I wish to pursue a career in engineering? I was thinking of

Physics - Got an A in my mocks
Maths/Maths Higher - Got A* in mocks
History - A* (Just a strong subject of mine)
Chemistry? - Not sure, but I got an A in my mocks for that too

So I think what I'm asking is, would me taking these courses allow me to access a variety of uni courses for engineering? Or what subjects should I swap in order to give me a better advantage?

p.s , also take DT and Art atm, bot B in mocks for both, expected to get A minimum for GCSE
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Hiya, I've just picked my A level options and I'd also like to go into engineering. Maths and physics are a must really, further maths will give you the edge at uni as less people go for it and it makes up a lot of the first year at uni, then for your 4th option either pick something that gives a variety (history is perfect), a subject you need for a particular type of engineering e.g. chemistry, or one that would enhance engineering in general like D&T. Your combination looks perfect at the moment
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(Original post by legend001523)
Hi, I'm just wondering what A levels should I be looking to take if I wish to pursue a career in engineering? I was thinking of

Physics - Got an A in my mocks
Maths/Maths Higher - Got A* in mocks
History - A* (Just a strong subject of mine)
Chemistry? - Not sure, but I got an A in my mocks for that too

So I think what I'm asking is, would me taking these courses allow me to access a variety of uni courses for engineering? Or what subjects should I swap in order to give me a better advantage?

p.s , also take DT and Art atm, bot B in mocks for both, expected to get A minimum for GCSE
Maths and Physics, without a doubt. I'm assuming you're in Scotland, I don't know if you have an equivalent of Further Maths but if you do, that'd be a good idea. Chemistry is also a good subject to take but it's definitely not necessary. History is also fine if you enjoy it, as long as you've got Maths and Physics.
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Chemistry would open up the doors into Chemical Engineering but maths and Physics is a must. If you do end up doing Further Maths, i say be cautious about it. I just dropped it after achieving an E during AS and I got an A* in my maths GCSE. Maths A-Level itself is fine but Further is on a different tier altogether and it could easily drag down your other subjects
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If you're applying to Oxbridge/Imperial further Maths will be compulsory to stand a chance of receiving an offer. It's not required for the rest but it would definitely make your first year a little easier I'd imagine, but if you're also interested in History and Chemistry you'll have to consider whether those universities which will want Further Maths are an option. Personally I'd go for Further Maths, Physics and finally History, just to add a little variety. I took 7 AS levels and it was pretty awful as they were all very linear subjects, in retrospect I'd definitely have taken up History or Philosophy as a substitute for something... Good luck.
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If you're applying to Oxbridge/Imperial further Maths will be compulsory to stand a chance of receiving an offer. It's not required for the rest but it would definitely make your first year a little easier I'd imagine, but if you're also interested in History and Chemistry you'll have to consider whether those universities which will want Further Maths are an option. Personally I'd go for Further Maths, Physics and finally History, just to add a little variety. I took 7 AS levels and it was pretty awful as they were all very linear subjects, in retrospect I'd definitely have taken up History or Philosophy as a substitute for something... Good luck.
How on Earth did you take seven?!

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Maths and Physics, without a doubt. I'm assuming you're in Scotland, I don't know if you have an equivalent of Further Maths but if you do, that'd be a good idea. Chemistry is also a good subject to take but it's definitely not necessary. History is also fine if you enjoy it, as long as you've got Maths and Physics.
We don't do GCSEs in Scotland

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We don't do GCSEs in Scotland

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I didn't mention GCSEs? :confused:
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Further Maths, 3 Sciences, Economics, Critical Thinking (You'd think it would be a little more abstract but not at all). I dropped Biology, Economics and Critical Thinking after my first year, didn't hold my interest at all. I wouldn't recommend doing any more than 4 by the way. I was overly ambitious for no reason at all other than ignorance. I was very confident it would give me an edge when it came to applying for Oxbridge and others. It didn't :p:

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Then one of Manchester/Newcastle/York.

But I might apply for Physics with a Foundation Year. Or History. Who knows.

I basically want to be Indiana Jones. And I want a PhD.
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I didn't mention GCSEs? :confused:
OP did.
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Thanks everyone! From what I gather, Higher maths is the way to go if I can do it, and that my choices should be okay for uni, and again thank you
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OP did.
Oh right, I get what you're saying. I thought he was Scottish because he talked about "Maths Highers".
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Further Maths, 3 Sciences, Economics, Critical Thinking (You'd think it would be a little more abstract but not at all). I dropped Biology, Economics and Critical Thinking after my first year, didn't hold my interest at all. I wouldn't recommend doing any more than 4 by the way. I was overly ambitious for no reason at all other than ignorance. I was very confident it would give me an edge when it came to applying for Oxbridge and others. It didn't :p:

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I love this :p:
Gosh! Are you mad? How did you do, if you don't mind me asking?

And thank you . . . ! In an ideal world, archaeologists would get paid a fair amount of money so I'd be financially secure and doing something I like. I think I'll end up in academia, if I survive A-Levels, that is! Are you at university now?

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Oh right, I get what you're saying. I thought he was Scottish because he talked about "Maths Highers".
He probably meant Maths Higher GCSE as opposed to Maths Intermediate GCSE.
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He probably meant Maths Higher GCSE as opposed to Maths Intermediate GCSE.
He's talking about A Levels?!
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Gosh! Are you mad? How did you do, if you don't mind me asking?

And thank you . . . ! In an ideal world, archaeologists would get paid a fair amount of money so I'd be financially secure and doing something I like. I think I'll end up in academia, if I survive A-Levels, that is! Are you at university now?

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Haha yeah I was naive more than anything, I got A's in everything except Biology and Critical Thinking, which were B's. A funny story, my friend who's currently studying history at Cambridge also took Critical Thinking as a 5th AS level, and despite achieving 95% UMS+ in most of his exams, he received a D for Critical Thinking :p: Needless to say, he 'forgot' to mention it when applying through UCAS.

Yeah I'm currently a 2nd year mathmo, also striving for a place in the academic world :p: But I'm also deviating my options towards engineering now, a field which has piqued my interest . I was always deeply unappreciative of it's applications when I was younger.
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He's talking about A Levels?!
Yeah, but he mentioned his GCSE grades, I'm sure it was a typo - or he assumed (like you ) that the A-level name and GCSE name were the same?!
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Hi, I'm just wondering what A levels should I be looking to take if I wish to pursue a career in engineering? I was thinking of

Physics - Got an A in my mocks
Maths/Maths Higher - Got A* in mocks
History - A* (Just a strong subject of mine)
Chemistry? - Not sure, but I got an A in my mocks for that too

So I think what I'm asking is, would me taking these courses allow me to access a variety of uni courses for engineering? Or what subjects should I swap in order to give me a better advantage?

p.s , also take DT and Art atm, bot B in mocks for both, expected to get A minimum for GCSE
Check university's websites for entry requirements, but maths and physics are almost always going to be a must.

Then you're going to need at least one other relevant A-level subject. History, unfortunately, is not considered a relevant subject for engineering, but chemistry is.

A lot of people say that further maths is a "must" for certain universities but I haven't seen any evidence of universities entry requirements stating that. Your course is likely to cover all of the relevant parts of further maths during first and second year. If you have the option to take it and want to make first year maths easier, then I'd definitely consider it.

I think chemistry is quite an under-appreciated subject for many engineering disciplines - particularly mechanical, which is what I did. Chemistry is awfully useful for materials, environmental, combustion, fluids, which can all play a big role in engineering.

Therefore I would advise maths, physics, then either chemistry or further maths (or choose both!). History is neither easy nor relevant so I would not advise taking it further.
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A lot of people say that further maths is a "must" for certain universities but I haven't seen any evidence of universities entry requirements stating that. Your course is likely to cover all of the relevant parts of further maths during first and second year. If you have the option to take it and want to make first year maths easier, then I'd definitely consider it.
Yes, it's never "required" because not all schools offer it. But it is often desirable:
http://www.furthermaths.org.uk/eng_entry
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You will need Maths and Physics; some unis prefer Technology or Chemistry as a third A level.

Further maths at AS might be useful but it depends whether you want a 'theoretical' engineering degree or a more 'hands on' degree. I have seen students without RG engineering degress get better jobs as they have the right skills for industry, particularly if working in Formula 1 might be an interest.
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