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I know it might sound like a pretty pathetic question, but nobody has every answered it clearly everyone is always so vague saying 'its up to you' or 'whatever suits you best'.

Im a GCSE student in Yr11 and I view myself as a A/A* grade pupil. For A-Levels, I have chosen:

-Mathematics
-Physics
-Chemistry
-Further Mathematics

I am very keen on doing engineering at university and as a career, but I'm not certain on what area of engineering I would like to do.

I have narrowed my options down to Mechanical, Aeronautical and Electronic, as these are courses that I am quite interested. Did anyone, now in uni, go through the same problem as me, and can you give me some information about how i can choose the course that is best suited to me.

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I know it might sound like a pretty pathetic question, but nobody has every answered it clearly everyone is always so vague saying 'its up to you' or 'whatever suits you best'.

Im a GCSE student in Yr11 and I view myself as a A/A* grade pupil. For A-Levels, I have chosen:

-Mathematics
-Physics
-Chemistry
-Further Mathematics

I am very keen on doing engineering at university and as a career, but I'm not certain on what area of engineering I would like to do.

I have narrowed my options down to Mechanical, Aeronautical and Electronic, as these are courses that I am quite interested. Did anyone, now in uni, go through the same problem as me, and can you give me some information about how i can choose the course that is best suited to me.

Thanks a lot,
Samer
What parts of physics, maths and chemistry do you enjoy most?

Do you want to be building planes and rockets, cars and mechanical stuff or robots and computers?

What can you see yourself doing as a career in engineering (as in, what type of company and what would you like to be working on)?
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What parts of physics, maths and chemistry do you enjoy most?

Do you want to be building planes and rockets, cars and mechanical stuff or robots and computers?

What can you see yourself doing as a career in engineering (as in, what type of company and what would you like to be working on)?
I am fascinated by robots but its not something i see myself doing. I enjoy forces and motion in physics, and in maths i like trigonometry. I am doing a work experience at TFL london underground, which i think is quite focused on mechanical engineering
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I know it might sound like a pretty pathetic question, but nobody has every answered it clearly everyone is always so vague saying 'its up to you' or 'whatever suits you best'.

Im a GCSE student in Yr11 and I view myself as a A/A* grade pupil. For A-Levels, I have chosen:

-Mathematics
-Physics
-Chemistry
-Further Mathematics

I am very keen on doing engineering at university and as a career, but I'm not certain on what area of engineering I would like to do.

I have narrowed my options down to Mechanical, Aeronautical and Electronic, as these are courses that I am quite interested. Did anyone, now in uni, go through the same problem as me, and can you give me some information about how i can choose the course that is best suited to me.

Thanks a lot,
Samer
It's a common problem! You can start with a "general" Engineering course for year 1 (and often year 2 also) and then specialise in later years.

e.g. Warwick, Cambridge, Oxford, Durham, and others.
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It's a common problem! You can start with a "general" Engineering course for year 1 (and often year 2 also) and then specialise in later years.

e.g. Warwick, Cambridge, Oxford, Durham, and others.
That's helpful. My preferred choice of university would be Bristol, Cambridge or Imperial College, but I don't see General Engineering on the website
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I am fascinated by robots but its not something i see myself doing. I enjoy forces and motion in physics, and in maths i like trigonometry. I am doing a work experience at TFL london underground, which i think is quite focused on mechanical engineering
Well, you haven't mentioned any interest in planes or spacecraft so maybe aeronautical is at the bottom of your list.

Perhaps try looking at the courses at universities that you'd like to go to and the different modules?

http://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/ug/courses/

Not sure whether you're aiming for somewhere like Imperial but they're really good for engineering. Try looking here at the structure of the three different courses and see what sort of modules and topics interest you?

Why don't you see yourself working in robotics?
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Maybe see how you feel after year 12 because you'll have a bit more perspective about all your subjects.
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That's helpful. My preferred choice of university would be Bristol, Cambridge or Imperial College, but I don't see General Engineering on the website
At Cambridge it's just called Engineering

Imperial don't offer it.

not sure about Bristol....
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At Cambridge it's just called Engineering

Imperial don't offer it.

not sure about Bristol....
It seems that Mechanical is the area that I find most interesting as some courses cover aicraft as well
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I know it might sound like a pretty pathetic question, but nobody has every answered it clearly everyone is always so vague saying 'its up to you' or 'whatever suits you best'.

Im a GCSE student in Yr11 and I view myself as a A/A* grade pupil. For A-Levels, I have chosen:

-Mathematics
-Physics
-Chemistry
-Further Mathematics

I am very keen on doing engineering at university and as a career, but I'm not certain on what area of engineering I would like to do.

I have narrowed my options down to Mechanical, Aeronautical and Electronic, as these are courses that I am quite interested. Did anyone, now in uni, go through the same problem as me, and can you give me some information about how i can choose the course that is best suited to me.

Thanks a lot,
Samer
im in the exact same position as you im also doing maths further maths physics and chemistry. have you thought about chemical engineering, i know i have been these days since I'm quite good at chemistry, its good pay and from what I've researched chartered chemical engineers earn £73000 with some even reporting salaries of £100k+. im still undecided though, just wanted to share with you my thoughts. 😊
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im in the exact same position as you im also doing maths further maths physics and chemistry. have you thought about chemical engineering, i know i have been these days since I'm quite good at chemistry, its good pay and from what I've researched chartered chemical engineers earn £73000 with some even reporting salaries of £100k+. im still undecided though, just wanted to share with you my thoughts. 😊
I haven't thought about that, I am quite strong at Chem so i might give it a look.
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I know it might sound like a pretty pathetic question, but nobody has every answered it clearly everyone is always so vague saying 'its up to you' or 'whatever suits you best'.

Im a GCSE student in Yr11 and I view myself as a A/A* grade pupil. For A-Levels, I have chosen:

-Mathematics
-Physics
-Chemistry
-Further Mathematics

I am very keen on doing engineering at university and as a career, but I'm not certain on what area of engineering I would like to do.

I have narrowed my options down to Mechanical, Aeronautical and Electronic, as these are courses that I am quite interested. Did anyone, now in uni, go through the same problem as me, and can you give me some information about how i can choose the course that is best suited to me.

Thanks a lot,
Samer
Okay firstly, don't fret because you have plenty of time yet to decide what kind of engineering course you want to study. In fact, in the next few years you may even decide that you want to do something else - it's very normal at your stage to not know exactly what you want to do and to change your mind.

Now, regarding engineering, it can definitely be pretty hard to decide on which disciple you want to study. You have said that you like forces and motion, which to me points you towards mechanical or aero (and if you like forces, then civil & structural). Do you like circuits, programming etc?
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Okay firstly, don't fret because you have plenty of time yet to decide what kind of engineering course you want to study. In fact, in the next few years you may even decide that you want to do something else - it's very normal at your stage to not know exactly what you want to do and to change your mind.

Now, regarding engineering, it can definitely be pretty hard to decide on which disciple you want to study. You have said that you like forces and motion, which to me points you towards mechanical or aero (and if you like forces, then civil & structural). Do you like circuits, programming etc?
I don't really like to do programming and circuits. I love the idea of using forces and motion in engineering,
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I don't really like to do programming and circuits. I love the idea of using forces and motion in engineering,
Sounds like you'd like mechanical then. Have you studied anything to do with fluids, heat, gasses, pressure or thermodynamics yet?

If you want to see more of what studying mechanical is like, and the types of things you will cover, then I think a book like Shigley's Mechanical Engineering Design would be worth a look:

ftp://doc.nit.ac.ir/mec/h.afrasiab/M...%20Design_.pdf
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Sounds like you'd like mechanical then. Have you studied anything to do with fluids, heat, gasses, pressure or thermodynamics yet?

If you want to see more of what studying mechanical is like, and the types of things you will cover, then I think a book like Shigley's Mechanical Engineering Design would be worth a look:

ftp://doc.nit.ac.ir/mec/h.afrasiab/M...%20Design_.pdf
In physics i have covered fluids, heat, gases, pressure. Not therodynamics though.
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In physics i have covered fluids, heat, gases, pressure. Not therodynamics though.
Fluids, heat, gasses are all important parts of mechanical engineering (and are part of thermodynamics - although you might not call it that until you get to university). What's your thoughts on those topics?
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It seems that Mechanical is the area that I find most interesting as some courses cover aicraft as well
Mechanical is the most "general" of the specialisations.

But just to add, anecdotally approx a third of general engineering students change their intended specialisation area during their course.

I notice you're also considering chemical. Although be aware there's not much actual chemistry in ChemEng. All engineering is basically physics

I do think a general course could be ideal for you. When you specialise you are still considered to be a "proper" chemical or mechanical or whatever engineer, assuming you have picked the appropriate modules during your course. It also means you have a good awareness of all the other engineering specialisations which can be useful later when you might be working in multi-disciplinary teams.
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I know it might sound like a pretty pathetic question, but nobody has every answered it clearly everyone is always so vague saying 'its up to you' or 'whatever suits you best'.

Im a GCSE student in Yr11 and I view myself as a A/A* grade pupil. For A-Levels, I have chosen:

-Mathematics
-Physics
-Chemistry
-Further Mathematics

I am very keen on doing engineering at university and as a career, but I'm not certain on what area of engineering I would like to do.

I have narrowed my options down to Mechanical, Aeronautical and Electronic, as these are courses that I am quite interested. Did anyone, now in uni, go through the same problem as me, and can you give me some information about how i can choose the course that is best suited to me.

Thanks a lot,
Samer

Go for Mechanical or Aeronautical. If you manage to get into Imperial doing those you should find it enjoyable and have a good prospect when you graduate. The fact you like forces and trigonometry then you should like forces. A lot of mechanics is just forces and this is used heavily in both the stated subjects. As well as this you won't need chemistry so you can decide to drop it after As to focus on getting A*A*A at A-level.

Note: If you enjoy chemistry that does not mean you will enjoy chemical engineering. There is not that much Chemistry involved in Chemical Engineering that is similar to that studied at A-level its mostly just maths that is challenging.
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Go for Mechanical or Aeronautical. If you manage to get into Imperial doing those you should find it enjoyable and have a good prospect when you graduate. The fact you like forces and trigonometry then you should like forces. A lot of mechanics is just forces and this is used heavily in both the stated subjects. As well as this you won't need chemistry so you can decide to drop it after As to focus on getting A*A*A at A-level.

Note: If you enjoy chemistry that does not mean you will enjoy chemical engineering. There is not that much Chemistry involved in Chemical Engineering that is similar to that studied at A-level its mostly just maths that is challenging.
I'm not doing AS. Also Bristol requires A* AA whereas the others (oxbridge, imperial) require A*A*A. Does this mean Bristol is not as good, for engineering?
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I'm not doing AS. Also Bristol requires A* AA whereas the others (oxbridge, imperial) require A*A*A. Does this mean Bristol is not as good, for engineering?
Bristol is a really good university for Aeronautical, it has good affiliations. The best university to do Mechanical and Aeronautical is Imperial (**** Cambridge) If you get A*A*A (Maths,Physics,Fmaths) you will have really high chances for Imperial. If you don't do as well as you hope which may happen e.g you get A* maths and AAA then head to Bristol for sure. If i was applying i would have Bristol as my insurance or Firm if you don't manage to get Imperial. But you have plenty of time to figure what you like most. If you keep chemistry then Cambridge can ask for 3 a*. friend of mine got offers to both Cambridge and Imperial and Cambridge asked for A*A*A*A while Imperial asked for A*A*AA. So why keep the extra A2 when just makes things much much harder. He eventually got A*A*AB and got rejected by both. If he did not take that 4th subject he may be at either of those universities.
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