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Pathway to success

Engineers are involved in all facets of technology, including electronics, medicine, transport, energy, new materials — you will be surprised to learn how many aspects of our lives are supported by engineers behind the scenes. Engineers are problem solvers, creative thinkers, and highly employable people – in high demand in every country around the world. 

Following the engineering pathway will enable you to gain knowledge and understanding of the mathematical and physics concepts which underpin the skills need to solve a range of engineering problems. Engineers learn how to work in a team, communicate effectively with others and manage projects and people. These many transferable skills are highly prized by both employers and universities, securing a good progression route after college. 

This pathway is ideal for those interested in studying Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, and Computer science at University or obtaining an Engineering apprenticeship 

Route options

Traditional A Level Route
Compulsory Subjects

Mathematics and Physics and one other science at Advanced Level

Optional Subjects

Choose one other subject from our extensive portfolio of advanced level subjects. 

Popular options include chemistry for Chemical Engineering or

Computing for Software Engineering although many students follow A Level

Further Mathematics. 

You can choose any subject from our wide portfolio of Advanced Level subjects for your third A Level.

Enrichment opportunities

Future Engineering elective

Option to follow the Gifted Student Programme 


University and Engineering-related talks and workshops

Extended Project Qualification

Progression Opportunities

University of Cambridge M.Eng. Engineering (A*A*A)

University of Newcastle  M. Eng. Chemical Engineering (AAB)



Combined Options
Compulsory Subjects

Extended Certificate in Engineering (Cambridge Technical Qualification)

Optional Subjects :

Choose Mathematics at Advanced Level and a further science subject chosen from Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Further Mathematics (only allowed if taking mathematics) 

Enrichment opportunities

Future Engineering elective

Engineering related talks and workshops

Work placement 

Completion of CREST Award

Progression Opportunities

Sheffield Hallam University – M.Eng Mechanical Engineering 128 UCAS points

UCLAN B.Eng. Manufacturing Engineering 112 UCAS Points including Maths and Physics at C



Where will this pathway lead me?

Likely employment opportunities:

Likely employment opportunities: Aerospace Engineer, Automotive Engineer, Communications, Electrical/Electronic Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Chemical Engineer, Marine Engineer.

Matthew Lenahan

Chemistry [A*], Physics[A*], Mathematics[A*]
Further Mathematics [A*]

Where next :
University of Oxford
BEng Engineering


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Level 2 entry requirements

If you’re not quite ready to start on a Level 3 Technical course (T Levels) or a Vocational Level 3 course (BTEC) but want to begin on the path to your chosen career, the Transition Programme could be for you.  

Transition Programmes are tailored to prepare students to move onto Technical or Vocational Level 3 study. They will give you the opportunity to improve your English and Maths, your work readiness skills and introduce you to the technical skills and concepts that you will need for future study and employment. 

As part of the Transition Programme you will study a BTEC Level 2 Award in your chosen subject area as well as the BTEC Level 2 Extended Award in Work Skills. You will also have the opportunity to resit GCSE English and/or Maths if you have not yet achieved a grade 4. 

Entry criteria for Transition Programmes is four grade 3s including grade 3s in English Language and Maths GCSE.

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