A-levels, BTECs & Highers

What A-levels do you need to become an engineer?

By Andy Gardner (Careers Adviser) - 08 January 2013

If you want to study engineering, then it’s crucial that you pick the right A-levels

An aspiring engineer? If you’re planning to study engineering at university, whether chemical, mechanical or civil, make sure your A-level line-up ticks admissions tutors’ boxes…

If you want to study engineering, then it’s crucial that you pick the right A-levels. Maths is a must-have subject whatever type of engineering you want to study, but there are certain other ‘essentials’ or preferred subjects depending on the course you apply to.

The following requirements apply to degrees in engineering, aeronautical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering and mechanical engineering.

Essential A-levels (or equivalent)

  • Maths.
  • Chemistry for chemical engineering.
  • Usually physics.

Useful A-levels (or equivalent)

  • Further maths.
  • Design technology.
     

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