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I am currently doing Maths, Chemistry, Physics and English Literature.
I have the option of doing Further Maths next year but... it's going to be too much work right even though I have a lot of work experience for it

Which should I do?
What work experience do I need for Chemical Engineering if I do it?
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Computer science and chemical engineering are very different courses. What do you like about each one?

Computer science is about computers and coding. Chemical Engineering is the application of chemical processes on a large industrial scale, with a specific emphasis on manufacturing.

For Chemical Engineering work experience isn't super important, as you won't be able to actually do much. I went to a water treatment plant and an agrichemical manufacturing plant. I mostly just shadowed people because there isn't much that health and safety allows an unqualified minor to do. I did get to do a little practical lab work in the agrichemical place, where we were testing effluent samples. While it was interesting, at the end of the day I don't know how much use it actually was in getting my university place. It is, however, possible to get better work experience in the form of summer placements, once you've actually started the degree.
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(Original post by kash_22)
I am currently doing Maths, Chemistry, Physics and English Literature.
I have the option of doing Further Maths next year but... it's going to be too much work right even though I have a lot of work experience for it

Which should I do?
What work experience do I need for Chemical Engineering if I
(Original post by FerrousS)
Computer science and chemical engineering are very different courses. What do you like about each one?

Computer science is about computers and coding. Chemical Engineering is the application of chemical processes on a large industrial scale, with a specific emphasis on manufacturing.

For Chemical Engineering work experience isn't super important, as you won't be able to actually do much. I went to a water treatment plant and an agrichemical manufacturing plant. I mostly just shadowed people because there isn't much that health and safety allows an unqualified minor to do. I did get to do a little practical lab work in the agrichemical place, where we were testing effluent samples. While it was interesting, at the end of the day I don't know how much use it actually was in getting my university place. It is, however, possible to get better work experience in the form of summer placements, once you've actually started the degree.
woah cool! I guess that was either in 2019 or 2020 right?
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Computer science and chemical engineering are very different courses. What do you like about each one?

Computer science is about computers and coding. Chemical Engineering is the application of chemical processes on a large industrial scale, with a specific emphasis on manufacturing.

For Chemical Engineering work experience isn't super important, as you won't be able to actually do much. I went to a water treatment plant and an agrichemical manufacturing plant. I mostly just shadowed people because there isn't much that health and safety allows an unqualified minor to do. I did get to do a little practical lab work in the agrichemical place, where we were testing effluent samples. While it was interesting, at the end of the day I don't know how much use it actually was in getting my university place. It is, however, possible to get better work experience in the form of summer placements, once you've actually started the degree.
Oooh thank you!!

I think I just need to understand the basic concepts of each of the industries.
For chemical engineering is it strictly a job working at a plant or are there office jobs as well?? It seems like 'super curriculars' are very important like your work experience - it's just difficulty finding one i guess.
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Oooh thank you!!

I think I just need to understand the basic concepts of each of the industries.
For chemical engineering is it strictly a job working at a plant or are there office jobs as well?? It seems like 'super curriculars' are very important like your work experience - it's just difficulty finding one i guess.
Chemical Engineering has a large design aspect, so there is that as well. There is office, lab, and plant work, and how much of each will vary depending on what the job is. There's also consultancy jobs, though you'd be unlikely to get one of those straight out of university.

Like I said, getting relevant work experience is kinda hard, and especially so during covid. If your grades, personal statement, etc are good enough you may be fine.
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