• Question: if i wanted to be an engineer what would you reccomend studying for a-level and at uni?

    Asked by magical_pegasus to Alex, Chris, Mohamed, Rik, Victoria on 18 Mar 2015.
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      Alex Shenfield answered on 18 Mar 2015:

      If you want to be an engineer (and who doesn’t 🙂 ) good choices at a level would be maths and physics (and possibly computing?).

      At university it would be an advantage to study an accredited engineering course – mainly because it provides a smoother path into an engineering career (e.g. becoming a chartered engineer, etc).

      However, I know quite a lot of people that took unconventional routes into an engineering career – such as physics degrees, etc.

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      Rik Allen answered on 18 Mar 2015:

      Hi –
      I guess you need to have maths and probably physics, then something to complement the engineering you fancy – could be chemistry, more maths, biology, computing. Even languages can work, but I suspect the better uni would like those as well as 3 sciences/maths rather than instead of one.
      At uni, there are loads of engineering degrees – I’ve seen websites describing 30 types, but you can also go into engineering from a maths, science or computing degree. There are some more obvious routes, but a lot of things can work.