University and Careers


In addition to all the support provided by our deliberately small and dedicated tutorial system and the subject-specific provision made by academic Heads of Department, students looking at courses which fall outside of the A level curriculum can link into specialised support.

  • Practical help with applications
  • Careers lunches with local practitioners and potential employers
  • Work placements in relevant companies
  • University Open Day visits to engineering departments
  • Seminars on vocational and aptitude tests
  • Access to ‘Smalltalk’ the Smallpeice Trust newsletter
  • Green Team challenge and various engineering competitions and scholarships available

Key statistics: 99% of our applicants for Engineering achieve their CI or CF place.

Engineering as a career: Many students find that their aptitude for the practical applications of the sciences leads them towards some form of engineering as a university course but even then, the range of very different engineering courses can be bewildering and students need to carefully research the differences between the separate disciplines. These include: general engineering, aerospace, chemical, environmental, mechanical, electronic, electrical, automotive, civil, biological, biomedical, biomechanical, sound & acoustic, materials, and design engineering.

HE & Careers Centre: Students have access to a dedicated work-experience co-ordinator who will aim to find a suitable placement when at all possible. In addition, the HE & Careers library keeps a broad range of resources aimed at helping students select the right engineering course. Every UK university course is represented as well as a selection of vocational material and information.

WISE, YINI, STEM: Students are encouraged to investigate the excellent opportunities provided by these institutions and over the years we have had notable successes connected to various schemes organised by them.

Students who opt for a GAP year are strongly encouraged to explore the possibilities provided by the Year in Industry scheme.