College

Print page

A Levels

If you are thinking about studying engineering at university, then A Level Maths and A Level Physics (or equivalent Scottish Highers) are essential choices among your three or four subject choices. If you don’t select these subjects, you will need to do an additional year of study – usually a Foundation Degree – before starting the degree course. You can also look at BTEC subjects in Engineering and the Engineering Diploma. Many universities accept these.

Remember that universities can demand high A Level grades for entry on to their courses so think about which universities you are going to apply for and what kind of hard work you may need to do to ensure you get accepted on to their course!

It is worth noting that even after you graduate, some employers will take into account your A Level grades (or UCAS points) as well as your degree outcome when recruiting graduates. There is often a question on this early on in the application form. If you don’t do as well as expected, take some career advice to see if you should resit or go straight on to higher education.

 

Vocational

Another vocational route to engineering is through study of a relevant engineering course at a local FE college. Most colleges offer engineering courses, and there are many colleges with specific aerospace engineering programmes which lead to a variety of qualifications including HND, BTEC, NVQ and City and Guilds. Often the training is linked to continuing preparation for the EASA Aircraft Maintenance licenses.

Many of the colleges offering aerospace engineering training have good connections to local aerospace companies and although may not have a formal apprenticeship available, will help you to gain valuable work experience and they are usually equipped with the latest technology, or even an aircraft you can work on.

On the courses you will combine theory, such as the principles of flight, understanding of engineering principles etc., with practical work, such as repairing parts, making parts and using specialist tools and getting to know the quality and safety legislation which provides the professional standards you must work to.

Our Latest Tweets

Thursday, November 15th, 2018 at 8:02pm
Day 2 of @WSUKLIVE and already off to a flying start with our #aerospace and #Aviation careers stand. Come and join us for a try on a flight simulator and impartial #careers advice https://t.co/lONeL37FCU
Thursday, November 15th, 2018 at 12:54am
Really busy today @worldskillsuk fantastic to see so many young people interested in #Aerospace and #Engineering - so much interest we had to organise another delivery of goodies for tomorrow! https://t.co/7BdThDYUDu
Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 at 6:07am
All set for @worldskillsuk 2018! Join us H20-E4 - we have our free flight aims, lots of freebies and #CareerFlightpath magazines to give away over the next few days! #STEM #aerospace #Aviation https://t.co/Lv8I49tW98

Our Latest News

Careers in Aerospace and Aviation LIVE 2017 3

Careers fairs are still an important networking opportunity if you are looking for your next career...

Read More
British Airways logo

Teachers: do you ever wonder what it’s like to work for an airline? Or even wonder what your...

Read More
Women in Aviation & Aerospace Charter Seminar September 2018

Aerospace and aviation organisations pledge to transform gender balance across the industry Since...

Read More