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    Hi there guys.
    I am a student currently doing his A levels. I have just started my 2nd year, and my school have been encouraging us to complete our UCAS statements.
    However I do not feel I can write a strong statement when I am confused about what course I want to do, or whether University would be the best choice for me.

    Therefore could you guys help me with some sort of course recommendations? - it would be much appreciated.

    I'll give some information to help.
    I am studying Physics, Maths and Biology. Last year I had a faint idea of what i wanted to do after A level. I had my mind set on Prosthetics & Orthotics because I believed it would be a unique course in which I could apply Engineering and Biology at the same time. After visiting the Unis that offered the course, and taking part in work experience - I had learnt that what I was looking at wasn't really what I expected it to be, largely because it was very low-tech and based around plastic molding.

    This brings me to now. I am still keen to study or pursue technology in the future, based around manufacture moving machines and/or their application to the human body (Biology).

    However, like I said I do not know which route to take from.
    Should I go to University?
    What course should I do? - There are many types of Engineering.
    Would I need to do a master's at some point?

    I'd like to say thanks a bunch for those of you who reply with genuine effort, this means a lot to me.
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    (Original post by LombaxMan)
    Hi there guys.
    I am a student currently doing his A levels. I have just started my 2nd year, and my school have been encouraging us to complete our UCAS statements.
    However I do not feel I can write a strong statement when I am confused about what course I want to do, or whether University would be the best choice for me.

    Therefore could you guys help me with some sort of course recommendations? - it would be much appreciated.

    I'll give some information to help.
    I am studying Physics, Maths and Biology. Last year I had a faint idea of what i wanted to do after A level. I had my mind set on Prosthetics & Orthotics because I believed it would be a unique course in which I could apply Engineering and Biology at the same time. After visiting the Unis that offered the course, and taking part in work experience - I had learnt that what I was looking at wasn't really what I expected it to be, largely because it was very low-tech and based around plastic molding.

    This brings me to now. I am still keen to study or pursue technology in the future, based around manufacture moving machines and/or their application to the human body (Biology).

    However, like I said I do not know which route to take from.
    Should I go to University?
    What course should I do? - There are many types of Engineering.
    Would I need to do a master's at some point?

    I'd like to say thanks a bunch for those of you who reply with genuine effort, this means a lot to me.
    Mechanical engineering might be a good shout. Perhaps Sheffield's Mechanical Engineering with Biomechanics might be a good shout.

    https://www.shef.ac.uk/mecheng/prosp...s/biomechanics

    Although I'm not sure the true extent that which biology is involved in this side of things. Engineering and biology are quite different, and I'm not sure how much biology engineers working on such things utilise. But it's not my field.
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    (Original post by LombaxMan)
    Hi there guys.
    I am a student currently doing his A levels. I have just started my 2nd year, and my school have been encouraging us to complete our UCAS statements.
    However I do not feel I can write a strong statement when I am confused about what course I want to do, or whether University would be the best choice for me.

    Therefore could you guys help me with some sort of course recommendations? - it would be much appreciated.

    I'll give some information to help.
    I am studying Physics, Maths and Biology. Last year I had a faint idea of what i wanted to do after A level. I had my mind set on Prosthetics & Orthotics because I believed it would be a unique course in which I could apply Engineering and Biology at the same time. After visiting the Unis that offered the course, and taking part in work experience - I had learnt that what I was looking at wasn't really what I expected it to be, largely because it was very low-tech and based around plastic molding.

    This brings me to now. I am still keen to study or pursue technology in the future, based around manufacture moving machines and/or their application to the human body (Biology).

    However, like I said I do not know which route to take from.
    Should I go to University?
    What course should I do? - There are many types of Engineering.
    Would I need to do a master's at some point?

    I'd like to say thanks a bunch for those of you who reply with genuine effort, this means a lot to me.

    Hey there,

    I am in my 2nd year of A-levels too and am doing exactly the same subjects as you are. I want to go into Biology and Engineering too therefore i'm planning on doing Biomedical Engineering. This is a mix of the two subjects and are clearly the subjects that you would like to go into in life. I would recommend doing Biomedical Engineering at university. Going to university will mean that you will be able to keep your options open it terms of where you want to specialise in this industry and you will be able to get a degree in the two subjects that you are interested in. With the university that i am planning on applying to (which is Aston) they do a masters course for biomedical engineering so it makes sense that i might as well apply to it to also get a masters out of it. I believe that a masters might help in career and employment prospects but it's your choice really.
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    (Original post by Smack)
    Mechanical engineering might be a good shout. Perhaps Sheffield's Mechanical Engineering with Biomechanics might be a good shout.

    https://www.shef.ac.uk/mecheng/prosp...s/biomechanics

    Although I'm not sure the true extent that which biology is involved in this side of things. Engineering and biology are quite different, and I'm not sure how much biology engineers working on such things utilise. But it's not my field.
    Thanks for the reply.
    I've had a look at that course which really does sound ideal to me. It implements both fields of what i'm looking at. The problem is the grade requirements are too high for my liking. I'd say ABB or below is about right.
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    (Original post by LombaxMan)
    Thanks for the reply.
    I've had a look at that course which really does sound ideal to me. It implements both fields of what i'm looking at. The problem is the grade requirements are too high for my liking. I'd say ABB or below is about right.
    Any sort of mechanical engineering degree should be suitable for designing machines. There are courses out there that are within your grade requirements.
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    Hey there,

    I am in my 2nd year of A-levels too and am doing exactly the same subjects as you are. I want to go into Biology and Engineering too therefore i'm planning on doing Biomedical Engineering. This is a mix of the two subjects and are clearly the subjects that you would like to go into in life. I would recommend doing Biomedical Engineering at university. Going to university will mean that you will be able to keep your options open it terms of where you want to specialise in this industry and you will be able to get a degree in the two subjects that you are interested in. With the university that i am planning on applying to (which is Aston) they do a masters course for biomedical engineering so it makes sense that i might as well apply to it to also get a masters out of it. I believe that a masters might help in career and employment prospects but it's your choice really.
    Thanks for the reply.
    I know that studying at university will allow me to specialize in the industry as you said, but would you care to explain what advantages it would have over an apprenticeship, lets say. Apologies if you consider this basic knowledge.

    I've had a look at the ranking tables for UK Universities, and was quite surprised to see Aston (which I hadnt heard of prior) was above Queen Mary in London overrall (which my peers look up to highly). Also the requirement grades are definitely within my grasp. I'll have a look further into this university, thank you for the reccomendation.
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    (Original post by Smack)
    Any sort of mechanical engineering degree should be suitable for designing machines. There are courses out there that are within your grade requirements.
    I'm having a look into the course that F_Afzal suggested, as it has interested me and is relevant. Thanks for your time
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    (Original post by LombaxMan)
    Thanks for the reply.
    I know that studying at university will allow me to specialize in the industry as you said, but would you care to explain what advantages it would have over an apprenticeship, lets say. Apologies if you consider this basic knowledge.

    I've had a look at the ranking tables for UK Universities, and was quite surprised to see Aston (which I hadnt heard of prior) was above Queen Mary in London overrall (which my peers look up to highly). Also the requirement grades are definitely within my grasp. I'll have a look further into this university, thank you for the reccomendation.
    No worries, I don't think this is basic knowledge because it is very hard to find the information you need when you need it. To be honest i'm not very sure what kind of advantages Uni has over apprenticeships, the reason being i have always been interested in going to uni so have never really looked at apprenticeships. I mean i'm guessing uni will give you a chance to gain knowledge further into the field and you will be able to use this degree to get into other fields (for example, i know that with a Biomedical Engineering degree i can get into Medicine) I mean it's up to you, do you want to earn while you learn or just gain the knowledge first and then earn?? Do you have a set career in mind that would require a degree?? If so then uni is your option if not then you could choose apprenticeships instead. I've just seen this website that could help you decide whether uni or apprenticeship is better for you. Just read thorugh it, it might or might not help. (this is the link : https://successatschool.org/advicede...or-University? )
    Maybe to find advantages over uni than apprenticeships you could ask your sixth form/college careers advisors or just literally ask a uni admission tutor by emailing them (you can get their email addresses from uni websites)

    With Aston Uni their Grade requirements where previously ABB (i think or AAB) but luckily they've lowered them to gain interest due to the fact that it is a such a new course (which i am very very happy about) The unfortunate thing is that many people do not perceive Aston to be very high on rankings but they actually are, that is also very important when choosing Universities. If you don't mind me asking what area do you live in and how close is Aston to you? (you don't have to answer the question if you don't want to, i'm just curious)

    Let me know if you think Aston will be your first or one of your choices, maybe i will see you there in september 2017
 
 
 
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