About Engineering

Being an engineer involves finding creative solutions to complex problems, from preventing floods to designing intelligent robots. Engineering can make a huge difference to improving people’s quality of life, which makes it such a challenging and rewarding profession.

Along with the scientific and technical knowledge needed to help change the world, an engineering degree also gives you critical thinking, teamwork and leadership skills which will put you on the right path to a brilliant career.

Where do engineering graduates work?

Engineering is found in all areas of our lives, which makes it an incredibly varied profession with exciting career opportunities whatever your interests, and the skills you gain through an engineering degree are valuable in a wide range of different professions.

Find out more about career opportunities with an engineering degree:

Before you apply

There’s a lot to think about when you’re applying to university – here’s some tips on what you should be doing and when.

What next?

  • June

    • Choose your A-level subjects - most chemistry, maths and physics degrees require an A-level in that subject, and sometimes a second science too, while engineering degrees usually require A-level maths and a science subject.
    • January - April

      • Start thinking about which university and what degree course you're interested in.

      • Book on a science and engineering experience event – check out our University Options day or maybe enrol on a Headstart Summer School, which are run at universities across the UK.

      • Book on university open days

    • June - July

      • Summer is the time to investigate options - Think about the courses and universities you're interested in and check online prospectuses for course info and entry requirements.

      • Find out what jobs you can get with different degrees - check out what our science and engineering graduates are doing now for some ideas.

      • Go to university open days. Most unis hold these in July.

    • August

      • AS Results.

      • Decide which subjects to take through to A2. Many courses asked for maths to A2 and mechanics modules are useful for engineering.

    • October - December

      • Write your personal statement. See the UCAS website for tips.

      • Don't forget to check the UCAS website for deadlines.

      • Send UCAS application.
    • January - April

      • Universities that make you an offer may also invite you to visit. Even if you've been to an open day already it's a good idea to go along and find out more about each department you've applied to before picking a firm choice university.