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am planning on applying for mechanical /design engineering/ engineering with business finance at Bath, loughborough, Wawrick, GSA, and an A* uni either Imperial or UCL just in case.
I was starting a Nuffield trust project at the start of lock down but had to drop out due to going away on holiday and mental health reasons. I completed a university of surrey online work experience in civil engineering and a 5 week Jacobs engineering online work experience but it wasn't wholly academic and doesn't lower uni grades. I'm predicted AAA but want t get an A* in physics or maths.

I need to do a valuable EPQ or AS further maths this year i n year 13 and get predicted grades before submitting my UCAS. Which one would make my application stronger ( I need more to write about so want to do an EPQ but Further maths may be more useful/ appealing to admissions). Also, what are my chances into getting into each of these unis? And how do I improve this?
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am planning on applying for mechanical /design engineering/ engineering with business finance at Bath, loughborough, Wawrick, GSA, and an A* uni either Imperial or UCL just in case.
I was starting a Nuffield trust project at the start of lock down but had to drop out due to going away on holiday and mental health reasons. I completed a university of surrey online work experience in civil engineering and a 5 week Jacobs engineering online work experience but it wasn't wholly academic and doesn't lower uni grades. I'm predicted AAA but want t get an A* in physics or maths.

I need to do a valuable EPQ or AS further maths this year i n year 13 and get predicted grades before submitting my UCAS. Which one would make my application stronger ( I need more to write about so want to do an EPQ but Further maths may be more useful/ appealing to admissions). Also, what are my chances into getting into each of these unis? And how do I improve this?
Do AS further maths its more relevant.

if you wish to work in engineering then I wouldn't put UCL on a pedestal over other unis like Imperial. Its not considered special in engineering. (if you want to work in finance or consulting, then by all means consider it, but it doesn't have any great benefits in engineering over Bath/loughborouh/leeds/southampton or many more...

If your predicted AAA Imperial will be a struggle, if you want to shoot your shot then go for it but I think you may struggle to get an offer.

Also you need to pick a course, if you want to be an engineer do mechanical or a designer then do design.
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Do AS further maths its more relevant.

if you wish to work in engineering then I wouldn't put UCL on a pedestal over other unis like Imperial. Its not considered special in engineering. (if you want to work in finance or consulting, then by all means consider it, but it doesn't have any great benefits in engineering over Bath/loughborouh/leeds/southampton or many more...

If your predicted AAA Imperial will be a struggle, if you want to shoot your shot then go for it but I think you may struggle to get an offer.

Also you need to pick a course, if you want to be an engineer do mechanical or a designer then do design.
I was considering UCL for finance, yes. Or the Arts arts and sciences course. Tbh though if I did further maths I wouldn't have a lot to put on my personal statement (extracurricular academic engineering) so that's why I wanted to do an EPQ.
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I was considering UCL for finance, yes. Or the Arts arts and sciences course. Tbh though if I did further maths I wouldn't have a lot to put on my personal statement (extracurricular academic engineering) so that's why I wanted to do an EPQ.
As for the personal statement, you don't need lots of jargon. You just need to right about your academics and why you find engineering interesting (this is not restricted to an EPQ (further maths would be more useful for engineering over an EPQ anyway)), does any technology interest you, have you read any papers, watched any insightful documentaries, almost everything that moved has been engineered at some point.

If you wish to work in finance then UCL is more understandable but I would think about what you want as UCL really is pretty average for engineering.

As for the Arts and sciences, well you've taken a 180 here, are you applying for engineering or not...
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As for the personal statement, you don't need lots of jargon. You just need to right about your academics and why you find engineering interesting (this is not restricted to an EPQ (further maths would be more useful for engineering over an EPQ anyway)), does any technology interest you, have you read any papers, watched any insightful documentaries, almost everything that moved has been engineered at some point.

If you wish to work in finance then UCL is more understandable but I would think about what you want as UCL really is pretty average for engineering.

As for the Arts and sciences, well you've taken a 180 here, are you applying for engineering or not...
yeah I'm applying for engineering at all the unis (general and mechanical). I think I'll apply to Bristol, bath, (can't apply to imperial as don't have further maths), and some other unis. Maybe Warwick. I want to apply to cambridge bu don't think I'll get an offer as I can't take fm as level due to my school not teaching it. Even though entry requirements don't need it, even If i get A* in maths and physics I don't think my personal statement will be good enough to get noticed and textiles is my third subject.
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am planning on applying for mechanical /design engineering/ engineering with business finance at Bath, loughborough, Wawrick, GSA, and an A* uni either Imperial or UCL just in case.
I was starting a Nuffield trust project at the start of lock down but had to drop out due to going away on holiday and mental health reasons. I completed a university of surrey online work experience in civil engineering and a 5 week Jacobs engineering online work experience but it wasn't wholly academic and doesn't lower uni grades. I'm predicted AAA but want t get an A* in physics or maths.

I need to do a valuable EPQ or AS further maths this year i n year 13 and get predicted grades before submitting my UCAS. Which one would make my application stronger ( I need more to write about so want to do an EPQ but Further maths may be more useful/ appealing to admissions). Also, what are my chances into getting into each of these unis? And how do I improve this?
Hi there! My name is Leah and I am an engineering student at Bath - specifically chemical engineering but I also know a bit about the mechanical / design engineering course.

My advice would be to take AS further maths if you want to study engineering - it will be really valuable for when you start the course as it will give you a head start on the maths content. That being said, EPQ can be a helpful way to demonstrate your interest in something and develop academic writing skills. Some unis also offer reduced offers with an EPQ. At Bath, the offer will be reduced to AAA with an EPQ or AS further maths.

You can do lots of things to demonstrate your interest in engineering. I recommend that you tell a story of how you came to want to study engineering - your specific interest areas, what you have done to explore those areas (extra reading, documentaries, online courses, talking to people in the industry, school activities etc.) There are plenty of things you can talk about - be sure that you demonstrate that you understand what the course involves, how it relates to what you currently study and why you want to study it.

If you have any questions, let me know

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Hi there! My name is Leah and I am an engineering student at Bath - specifically chemical engineering but I also know a bit about the mechanical / design engineering course.

My advice would be to take AS further maths if you want to study engineering - it will be really valuable for when you start the course as it will give you a head start on the maths content. That being said, EPQ can be a helpful way to demonstrate your interest in something and develop academic writing skills. Some unis also offer reduced offers with an EPQ. At Bath, the offer will be reduced to AAA with an EPQ or AS further maths.

You can do lots of things to demonstrate your interest in engineering. I recommend that you tell a story of how you came to want to study engineering - your specific interest areas, what you have done to explore those areas (extra reading, documentaries, online courses, talking to people in the industry, school activities etc.) There are plenty of things you can talk about - be sure that you demonstrate that you understand what the course involves, how it relates to what you currently study and why you want to study it.

If you have any questions, let me know

Leah
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Hi Leah, Thanks your information is valuable!
I have asked school about AS further maths and they said I couldn't do it even to AS level as the teach it in 'two year' blocks. I will sit in some of the classes though still I hope and try and revise some content on my own. I am doing an EPQ currently as an alternative- on bio-mimicry in engineering and production processes. That being said, although I love the practical effects engineering offers to our advancement as humans, I am still a bit unsure on whether to go for engineering or physics as I also like the theoretical concepts. Do you know how well the engineering mathematics (chartered) course at Bristol is viewed? Also, what types of masters could you specialise in from engineering vs physics? These are a few questions I have. Also, do you have any advice on how to structure/ research into an EPQ as there are a lot of words to fill?

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Charlotte
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Hi there! My name is Leah and I am an engineering student at Bath - specifically chemical engineering but I also know a bit about the mechanical / design engineering course.

My advice would be to take AS further maths if you want to study engineering - it will be really valuable for when you start the course as it will give you a head start on the maths content. That being said, EPQ can be a helpful way to demonstrate your interest in something and develop academic writing skills. Some unis also offer reduced offers with an EPQ. At Bath, the offer will be reduced to AAA with an EPQ or AS further maths.

You can do lots of things to demonstrate your interest in engineering. I recommend that you tell a story of how you came to want to study engineering - your specific interest areas, what you have done to explore those areas (extra reading, documentaries, online courses, talking to people in the industry, school activities etc.) There are plenty of things you can talk about - be sure that you demonstrate that you understand what the course involves, how it relates to what you currently study and why you want to study it.

If you have any questions, let me know

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hii i plan to do chem eng too! what a levels did you take? im taking chemistry maths and physics but physics is kinda hard at the moment will i still be able to get into chem eng without it?
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hii i plan to do chem eng too! what a levels did you take? im taking chemistry maths and physics but physics is kinda hard at the moment will i still be able to get into chem eng without it?
Hi there,

The university website states that you need "A*AA in three A levels including Chemistry and Mathematics" for chemical engineering. Since physics isn't listed as an entry requirement, A-Level knowledge is not required for the course. So, you do not need physics to get an offer for chemical engineering! I cannot comment on whether or not physics A-Level would be useful for chemical engineering, so hopefully Leah can add on and give you some advice on that!

I hope this has helped,
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Hi Leah, Thanks your information is valuable!
I have asked school about AS further maths and they said I couldn't do it even to AS level as the teach it in 'two year' blocks. I will sit in some of the classes though still I hope and try and revise some content on my own. I am doing an EPQ currently as an alternative- on bio-mimicry in engineering and production processes. That being said, although I love the practical effects engineering offers to our advancement as humans, I am still a bit unsure on whether to go for engineering or physics as I also like the theoretical concepts. Do you know how well the engineering mathematics (chartered) course at Bristol is viewed? Also, what types of masters could you specialise in from engineering vs physics? These are a few questions I have. Also, do you have any advice on how to structure/ research into an EPQ as there are a lot of words to fill?

Thanks,
Charlotte
Hi Charlotte,

Thanks for your questions

Unfortunately I do not know anything about the course at Bristol so cannot be of any help there.

I would recommend having a look in depth at the different modules in engineering vs physics. This will give you a better understanding of what is covered in each course and what interests you the most. I know people who have done physics degrees and then gone into engineering, so that's definitely an option. All of the mechanical engineering courses at Bath are MEng, so the masters is integrated with your degree. After a physics (or engineering) degree, you could do a masters to specialise in something your interested. There are such a wide range of masters available in so many different areas - so you could use it as an opportunity to study something more applied to your areas of interest.

I hope this helps - let me know if you have anymore questions.

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Your EPQ topic sounds really interesting! I would recommend taking the Future Learn Online Course on How to Succeed in Your EPQ, which is run by the University of Bath. This should give you a lot more help than what I could write in a short post!
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hii i plan to do chem eng too! what a levels did you take? im taking chemistry maths and physics but physics is kinda hard at the moment will i still be able to get into chem eng without it?
Hi there - great to hear that you plan to do chemical engineering

As Jessica said, the offer at Bath is A*AA including chemistry and maths, so you do not need physics. However, if you choose to drop physics completely you will need another A-level. It's also worth noting that I think some Universities do require physics, so I would keep an eye on the details on entry requirements during your research.

I did maths, further maths and chemistry at A-level (plus an AS in physics, so dropped it at the end of Y12). I did not find I was hindered by not having an A-level in physics. The mechanics taught in maths A-level was essential and very useful, but physics A-level was less relevant. There were some concepts that my peers knew that I did not, but as physics is not a requirement, everything is taught from scratch to bring everyone up to speed. If it's any reassurance - I found physics A-level pretty hard and I did not really enjoy it. With an engineering degree, the same concepts are taught in a much different application which I found a lot easier to engage with, and so I found it much better to the physics I was taught in school. That being said, chemical engineering is still engineering - meaning it is applied physics and there is not that much chemistry content - just something to keep in mind!

Hope this helps. Let me know if you have anymore questions

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