Update 2015

Getting into Engineering – Dr Dave Brtnell, Warwick, Liam Madden, Imperial London

  • UK is desperately short of Engineers

  • If sb is interested in applied science, direct them to engineering.

  • 23k engineering graduates per year – not enough!

  • Bucking the trend of pay rises – good pay

  • Warwick University School of Engineering

  • Imperial have individual departments but Warwick is general engineering

  • Can specialise later.

  • Intake target 255 Home and EU. Maths and Physics top grades ie A. 3Rd subject optional – another science based subject – Meng A, Beng B

  • No interview.

  • Broader engineers. Imperial deeper engineers.

  • Gap years welcomed.

  • Beng and Meng courses.

  • Work placements excellent idea.

  • Can move between Beng and Meng courses subject to good grades.

  • Ability to take year in industry at any point after 1st year.

  • Exchange years for MEng third year – e.g. Autstralia, Canada, Europe and Japan

  • Good pastoral care – personal tutors.

  • If miss offer (just), this will be reviewed (firm offer)

  • If Warwick as insurance and miss firm offer, will be confirmed at Warwick.

  • If no decision, phone them.

  • Clearing is sorted pretty quickly. Go to the website. Students contact the unis to see if they can obtain a place.

  • Adjustment period – students who meet and exceed the terms of their conditional offer. Students have 5 days to seek a place at another uni while firm place is helpf for them. May enable to go to higher ranked uni – but may be at back of queue for uni accomodation.

  • Imperial Maths A*, Physics and various options – SEE IMPERIAL SLIDE. 2K applicants for 150 places in computing etc, whereas 400 applications for 50 places for Biomedical Engineering.

  • Biomed Engineering – A* A A etc etc

  • 1st 2 years provide the platform for specialisation. 4 year programme – 2 years compulsory, then 2 years optional courses.

  • Can be taken across the Faculty.

  • Business school is graduate-only. Encouraging entrepreneurs, start-ups.

  • Check accreditation by Institutes of Engineering

  • UCAS application form. Point to –

    • achieved grades

    • predicted grades

    • optional qualifications

  • Need to do other stuff – work-life balance

  • Personal statement –

    • Medics must refer to biomed technology

    • Outreach activities

  • Pre-processing of UCAS application form. In 2014, 1/3 of Imperial places went to most highly ranked near-misses.

  • Offer grades are usually higher than published grade requirements.

  • IB 666 people are on 1st and II.i students whereas the A-level “equivalents” more likely Ii.ii.

  • Why are offers higher than published?

  • PS focus on one area if applying to both Imperial and Warwick, for example.

  • CEng – chartered engineer. SHOW AWARENESS OF THIS IN PS. Meng courses acrredited as fully stisfying the educational base for a Ceng. Beng partly satisfies. Engineering and Business do not contain enough engineering – so not accredited.

  • 2nd 2 years are determined by requirements of whichever accrediting body the student is working towards