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    Hey everyone, I'm a GCSE student who's very interested in studying Aerospace Engineering. I'm going to study Maths, Physics, and Design & Technology for A-Levels.

    Anyone who is an Aerospace Engineer, or is studying to become one, what is it like? I am very interested in designing spacecrafts - do you get to do this as an Aerospace Engineer?

    Also, are Maths, Physics, and Design & Tech. good A-Level choices to study aerospace at Uni?

    Any insight would be very helpful!
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    (Original post by Lemoose)
    Hey everyone, I'm a GCSE student who's very interested in studying Aerospace Engineering. I'm going to study Maths, Physics, and Design & Technology for A-Levels.

    Anyone who is an Aerospace Engineer, or is studying to become one, what is it like? I am very interested in designing spacecrafts - do you get to do this as an Aerospace Engineer?

    Also, are Maths, Physics, and Design & Tech. good A-Level choices to study aerospace at Uni?

    Any insight would be very helpful!
    You can have a look at uni courses to see what you may study at uni and look a job descriptions to see what people do. Also look at company websites.
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    Hey everyone, I'm a GCSE student who's very interested in studying Aerospace Engineering. I'm going to study Maths, Physics, and Design & Technology for A-Levels.

    Anyone who is an Aerospace Engineer, or is studying to become one, what is it like? I am very interested in designing spacecrafts - do you get to do this as an Aerospace Engineer?

    Also, are Maths, Physics, and Design & Tech. good A-Level choices to study aerospace at Uni?

    Any insight would be very helpful!
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    (Original post by Lemoose)
    Hey everyone, I'm a GCSE student who's very interested in studying Aerospace Engineering. I'm going to study Maths, Physics, and Design & Technology for A-Levels.

    Anyone who is an Aerospace Engineer, or is studying to become one, what is it like? I am very interested in designing spacecrafts - do you get to do this as an Aerospace Engineer?

    Also, are Maths, Physics, and Design & Tech. good A-Level choices to study aerospace at Uni?

    Any insight would be very helpful!
    Hi, I've merged your threads together as they are asking the same question.
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    (Original post by Lemoose)
    Hey everyone, I'm a GCSE student who's very interested in studying Aerospace Engineering. I'm going to study Maths, Physics, and Design & Technology for A-Levels.

    Anyone who is an Aerospace Engineer, or is studying to become one, what is it like? I am very interested in designing spacecrafts - do you get to do this as an Aerospace Engineer?

    Also, are Maths, Physics, and Design & Tech. good A-Level choices to study aerospace at Uni?

    Any insight would be very helpful!
    Hey Lemoose, I'm a first year Aerospace Engineering student at University of Bristol. If you want to go down this career path, Maths is a definite must. Physics is highly recommended and required by most universities, but so far I have found that only the electronics and gas law portions of the A level have really helped me out. Also further mathematics has so far helped me out tremendously.
    Different universities emphasise different aspects of the degree. In Bristol, there is a big focus on design. As an aerospace engineering student you will learn how to carry out complex mathematical problems (and some applications of pure maths), coding, product design including use of CAD software, how to construct structures, mechanics, operations of engines and much more just in your first year.
    Different universities also have a different attitude towards the space part of aerospace. For instance, I won't be doing any space units until my second year.

    I've spoken to a few people currently in the industry, and I've found that as you progress in your career, you will be relying less on what you learnt in your degree and more on past experience and people management. Many senior engineers take more of a managerial role and have to organise large groups of people.

    You also have to understand the key idea that many aerospace designs are rarely a work of an individual. Broad ideas can be the work of individuals, but most projects have anywhere between tens to hundreds of people working on it, so individuals/teams are usually assigned to specific parts of the project.
    With an aerospace degree you can go in a lot of ways, not necessarily just purely into aircraft or spacecraft. Engines, aerodynamics, electronic systems. There is a lot of ways you can specialise at the end of your degree, and even then you can use the broad knowledge you obtained in your degree to go into a lot of different fields, ranging from finance to automotive and many others.

    Aerospace engineering is a hard course. Typically you have the highest number of lectures, the concepts can be very hard to grasp and you need a lot of enthusiasm to succeed. But it definitely, at least so far it has been for me, a rewarding path. If you have an analytical mind, like maths and physics, and like getting hands on with different equipment then I really recommend it.

    If you have any questions about the degree, uni life, A levels or anything like that, feel free to pm me.
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    Thanks for the insight! So, for my a level choices, should I choose further maths or design and tech? (the others will be maths and physics)
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    Depends on how much you like maths really. In terms of further career prospects, I don’t think further maths matters much. Unis generally do like it, and it gives you a pretty big leg up in your first year. But generally you will be taught most of the further math content anyway, and a level further maths gets you into habits and notation which is not preferred by unis.

    It depends on what you enjoy or think you will enjoy more. You’re doing the mandatory subjects so it’s down to personal preference.
 
 
 
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