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    I am a Year 10 student and I am currently considering taking engineering at university; my main reasons are because I like maths and physics. In year 7 to 9, we did product design, but i dropped it because at the time, I didn't think much of engineering. However, it turns out that they run a lot of the extra stuff like competitions you need for engineering; you need these to get a place at a top uni.
    As I didn't take product design, i will miss out on all these extra things. So I was wondering if anyone could help me, by telling me what extra things like competitions, courses and other extra things I could do in Year 10-11 to boost an engineering application. Not work experience, but other extra stuff.
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    (Original post by muttonrolls)
    I am a Year 10 student and I am currently considering taking engineering at university; my main reasons are because I like maths and physics. In year 7 to 9, we did product design, but i dropped it because at the time, I didn't think much of engineering. However, it turns out that they run a lot of the extra stuff like competitions you need for engineering; you need these to get a place at a top uni.
    As I didn't take product design, i will miss out on all these extra things. So I was wondering if anyone could help me, by telling me what extra things like competitions, courses and other extra things I could do in Year 10-11 to boost an engineering application. Not work experience, but other extra stuff.
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    Save yourself the hassle, you don't need extra stuff to get into a good university for engineering.
    Enjoy high school while you're there.
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    Save yourself the hassle, you don't need extra stuff to get into a good university for engineering.
    Enjoy high school while you're there.
    really? I really want to to get into a top uni (cambridge, imperial...); surely you need lots of extra stuff and whatnot because of all the competition
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    (Original post by muttonrolls)
    really? I really want to to get into a top uni (cambridge, imperial...); surely you need lots of extra stuff and whatnot because of all the competition
    Nope. It's really all about having strong academics, especially Maths.

    Doing things that demonstrate an interest in the subject is good too. But your A-levels are the priority.

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    (Original post by muttonrolls)
    I am a Year 10 student and I am currently considering taking engineering at university; my main reasons are because I like maths and physics. In year 7 to 9, we did product design, but i dropped it because at the time, I didn't think much of engineering. However, it turns out that they run a lot of the extra stuff like competitions you need for engineering; you need these to get a place at a top uni.
    As I didn't take product design, i will miss out on all these extra things. So I was wondering if anyone could help me, by telling me what extra things like competitions, courses and other extra things I could do in Year 10-11 to boost an engineering application. Not work experience, but other extra stuff.
    Thanks
    Not sure who's given you this information but it sure as hell ain't true
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    Also there's really not that much difference between universities for engineering, the course ranked 1st and the course ranked 15th will have fairly similar satisfaction and job prospects. I'd go as far as saying if you have the academic ability to get into Cambridge or Imperial you'd be better off putting less effort into your work, taking up more extracurriculars like you're talking about (or even better ones you enjoy) and going to somewhere ranked 10th-15th.
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    Also there's really not that much difference between universities for engineering, the course ranked 1st and the course ranked 15th will have fairly similar satisfaction and job prospects. I'd go as far as saying if you have the academic ability to get into Cambridge or Imperial you'd be better off putting less effort into your work, taking up more extracurriculars like you're talking about (or even better ones you enjoy) and going to somewhere ranked 10th-15th.
    Or even Bath

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    (Original post by muttonrolls)
    I am a Year 10 student and I am currently considering taking engineering at university; my main reasons are because I like maths and physics. In year 7 to 9, we did product design, but i dropped it because at the time, I didn't think much of engineering. However, it turns out that they run a lot of the extra stuff like competitions you need for engineering; you need these to get a place at a top uni.
    As I didn't take product design, i will miss out on all these extra things. So I was wondering if anyone could help me, by telling me what extra things like competitions, courses and other extra things I could do in Year 10-11 to boost an engineering application. Not work experience, but other extra stuff.
    Thanks
    Maths and Physics is all that matters.
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    oh i see. thanks for clearing that up; its just that a friend of mine does a lot of extra stuff (he wants to do do medicine), so i felt pressurized to do the same in the field i want to pursue.
    thanks for clearing it up
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    (Original post by muttonrolls)
    oh i see. thanks for clearing that up; its just that a friend of mine does a lot of extra stuff (he wants to do do medicine), so i felt pressurized to do the same in the field i want to pursue.
    thanks for clearing it up
    Medicine is different. You have to have health-related work experience, etc.

    It's not required for engineering.

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