Introduction to University life
We have put together some useful links to help you find out more about Engineering and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers. If you find other websites that you think we should add to this web page please use the 'page contact' below to email us with your suggestions.
- Find out more about University life in general using this interactive site.
- Read current students blogs, including that of our own 2nd year engineering student Tom Wilson.
- Visit us on a dedicated engineering only visit day (smaller event best for year 11 onwards) or on a University wide event (probably best from year 9 onwards, most popular with years 12 and 13)
Finding out more about Engineering careers
Useful websites about engineering careers
- Tomorrow’s Engineers is a UK website supported by Engineering UK and the Royal Academy of Engineering and hosts a huge amount of information and resources about the amazing careers available in engineering.
- Science Buddies (US site but information is nicely presented).
- You can follow one of our engineering graduates, Yewande Akinola (who was awarded the prestigious IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year in 2013 and now works for Arup) on twitter.
Engineering scholarship opportunities
Apply in Year 11 for an Arkwright Scholarship
We have just funded our first two Arkwright scholars, see more about this here.
Apply in Year 13 for a scholarship to support your undergraduate studies to one of the Institutions of Engineering
Finding out more about Science careers
Careers in Science has case studies and examples of different careers in science.
National Careers Service has a wide range of different science job profiles, including the starting salary you might expect.
Taster courses in Engineering and Science
It's a great idea to 'try before you buy' to find out more about a University course and about working life. The EDT (Engineering Development Trust) acts a bit like UCAS. EDT work with a wide range of UK Universities to arrange for a variety of taster courses in STEM subjects, not just engineering. You apply to EDT and they allocate the places on the University courses.
Year 11 Inspire course to encourage more females to consider a STEM career
There are still more males than females studying engineering and so this course is designed to be taken before a Headstart course in Year 12 and focuses on the soft skills (set against a science/technology project) so that you'll learn essential key skills to use during your academic career, and throughout your professional and personal life. Warwick hosts an Inspire course each year. Competition for places is high so submit your application as soon as you can from 1st September each year and aim to submit your applciation before Christmas. See http://www.etrust.org.uk/headstart/inspire_year_11_girls_courses.cfm
Year 12 Headstart courses to encourage male and female students to consider a STEM career
These University 4-day residential courses were first offered for engineering and have now expanded to include other STEM subjects including Matheamics, Physics and Computer Science. If you are a student who loves science, technology and maths (STEM) subjects and is currently in Year 12 or Scottish S5 this will be ideal for you to help you make up your mind about your future career. Warwick hosts courses in both Engineering and Computer Science. Competition for places is high so get your application as soon as you can from 1st September each year and aim to submit your applciation before Christmas. See http://www.etrust.org.uk/Headstart.cfm
Work experience and placements
The Engineering Development Trust (EDT) also provide opportunities to get work experience and placements.
Year 12 Engineering Education Scheme
These scheme provides 6 month real life STEM projects in industry help you focus on future careers, see http://www.etrust.org.uk/eese.cfm
After Year 13 - Year in industry before you start University
It is a great idea to 'try before you buy' and the perfect way to do this and earn money at the same time is take a year in industry before you start a University course. You can apply as normal to University in your final year of 6th form or college via UCAS and ask to defer your place to the following year. One of the easiest ways to find a place is via the EDT's Year In Industry Scheme.
Keeping your Mathematics skills fresh whilst on a gap year before University
If you obtain your place via EDT and are aiming for an Engineering course at University, EDT will help you sign up to Loughborough University's online course, LUMEN, which was designed with the Royal Academy of Engineering to help prospective engineering students keep their Mathematics skills up to date. You can also apply for this if you have found your industrial placement via another route or if you are taking a gap year to travel. We think gap years are very valuable, but we have found that our students' maths skills can get a bit rusty - so we would recommend some homework!