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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2011 5:42 pm 
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My son is interested in Mechanical / Civil engineering and or Architecture at university and is contemplating dropping a subject at A level to focus on just 3
he currently studies -Maths, Physics, Chemistry & Design & Technology.
He is discussing the possiblility of dropping design to focus on the other three.
i am not so sure this is such a good idea, as he may become needed later on...
Has anyone had the same experience and what option did they go with , and why....

Please help!!!!

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2011 6:13 pm 
I work for an automotive company and studied mech eng. at London. I recall only needing maths and physics. In fact one if colleagues has a music degree and us in product development. Best bet is to ring admissions office of target university and ask them what are minimum a level subjects for engineering degree subject.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2011 8:10 pm 
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Thanks
Maths and Physics is common with most of the universities plus an additional science or Further maths .
i am just worried that if he drops one , then he reduces/ limits his chances ....or is my thinking very flawed???

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2011 8:56 pm 
D/T is not that important when applying for engineering out of your list


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2011 12:54 pm 
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No ball you are incorrect - Product Design is asked for at some Unis or at least preferred.

Of those you mention probably check specific Universities - all will want Maths and Physics but the third A does vary a lot with the type of Engineering to be studied.

Some are now requesting M1 as part of the Maths A level .... :D


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2011 3:11 pm 
Guest55, please re-read my original replywhere I state ring the admissions office for the definitive answer. Thanks for your input nevertheless. :lol:


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2011 3:57 pm 
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No_ball said:
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D/T is not that important when applying for engineering out of your list


I think this could be misleading.

My DC is also looking at Engineering and has looked at all the available courses it seems :lol: I agree you need to research carefully....

W have asked similar questions at various Open Days and got different answers - the content of courses is very different. Some are very theoretical and others involve 'hands-on' design work.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2011 4:26 pm 
All the graduates I take on from mech eng have no d/T a levels.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2011 4:39 pm 
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The OP mentioned Civil Engineering and Architecture - not just Mech Eng :D

Perhaps your company does not attract design engineers?

Anyway we are going off topic and I think we both agree 'Research is essential".


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