Engineering Degrees

The entry requirements for Engineering degree courses vary across the different engineering disciplines and between universities.

Further Mathematics

Studying A level or AS level Further Mathematics is excellent preparation for many engineering degrees as it introduces a wider range of pure and applied content, such as matrices and complex numbers. The content in the mechanics units is particularly useful preparation for some engineering courses.

Only a small number of engineering degree courses specifically mention Further Mathematics in their entry requirements, but many course leaders encourage students to take Further Mathematics if possible as it is a valuable introduction to the mathematical requirements of engineering degrees. In consequence, at some of the leading universities a significant proportion of engineering undergraduates have studied Further Mathematics A level.

Mathematics

A level Mathematics (or an equivalent qualification) is required by nearly all engineering degree courses in the UK. However, not all universities explicitly refer to the need for a mathematics qualification at level 3 in their requirements. Students are advised to be well-prepared mathematically when starting an engineering degree.

Entry Requirements for Engineering Degrees

Almost all Engineering degree courses require Mathematics A level(or an equivalent qualification) for entry.

Chemical Engineering

Whilst 100% of Chemical Engineering degree courses require students to be prepared mathematically to A level Mathematics or equivalent, very few, 15%, recommended or preferred students to have studied A level Further Mathematics. The proportion of A level students starting Chemical and Process Engineering undergraduate degrees in 2012 who had taken A level Further Mathematics was 18%.

Mechanical Engineering

100% of Mechanical Engineering degree courses require students to be prepared mathematically to A level Mathematics or equivalent. A small proportion of courses prefer students to have studied mechanics units as part of their A level Mathematics, and 21% encourage or recommend students to have studied A level Further Mathematics. The proportion of A level students starting Mechanical Engineering undergraduate degrees in 2012 who had taken A level Further Mathematics was 19%.

Electronic and Electrical Engineering

100% of Electronic and Electrical Engineering degree courses require students to be prepared mathematically to A level Mathematics or equivalent. 15% encourage or recommend students to have studied A level Further Mathematics. The proportion of A level students starting Electronic and Electrical Engineering undergraduate degrees in 2012 who had taken A level Further Mathematics was 18%.

Civil Engineering

94% of Civil Engineering degree courses require students to be prepared mathematically to A level Mathematics or equivalent. 11% encourage or recommend students to have studied A level Further Mathematics. The proportion of A level students starting Civil Engineering undergraduate degrees in 2012 who had taken A level Further Mathematics was 16%.

Whilst we try to maintain up-to-date information about the entry requirements for engineering degrees, we strongly recommend visiting the university's own website for the most recent information.

Some examples of references to Further Mathematics


Bath University

Civil Engineering and Civil and Architectural Engineering
Desirable: We accept a range of subjects for the second and third A level provided that they include a good balance of subjects. Physics and/or Further Mathematics are recommended but not mandatory

Imperial College, London

Electrical Engineering
Our courses require students to have a good ability in complex numbers and for students who have not studied Further Maths at A Level this can sometimes lead to problems. In their orientation week, and in December, all first year students are given a diagnostic maths test which is designed to identify students with a weakness in this area. Attendance at these maths tutorials is compulsory for the students identified via these tests.

Imperial College, London

Civil and Environmental Engineering
In addition to pure mathematics, some knowledge of applied mathematics, particularly mechanics, is required. Module M1 is essential and M2 is desirable. Candidates will normally be required to obtain grade A in all their mathematics modules at the first attempt. Although Further Mathematics is not a course requirement, it is an advantage and is encouraged.

Oxford University

Engineering
Inclusion of Mathematics Mechanics modules is highly recommended. Further Mathematics can be helpful to students in completing this course.

Will I find the Mathematics course, or any joint course involving Mathematics, difficult if I have not taken Further Mathematics to full A-level?

You may need to do extra work before starting your course and during your first year to compensate, not simply because you have less knowledge of the subject, but also since you may well have had less practice and experience in using Mathematics. Given commitment and determination, students who do not have Further Mathematics A-level complete the Oxford Mathematics course just as successfully as those who do.

Preparing for an Engineering Degree

The AMSP website has some useful information on preparing for an Engineering Degree. Scroll down to the Engineering link in the Maths in other degrees section.